Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 804 - January 2017 Woodall’s Campground Management Canadian Campgrounds See Some Progress Made on CRA’s ‘Small Business’ Tax Issue Camping In Ontario Wraps Annual Meeting and Expo and JohnO’Brien as past president. New board members include Doug RiellyofNithRiverCampground,Chris Rhodes of Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities and Sarah Mann of Red BayTent&TrailerPark. Leavingtheboardaftermanyyearsof service were Bruce Dressel, past presi- dent, of Jordan Valley Campground; WillyHollettofAlmaguinCampground; StéphaneDeschênesofBareOaksFam- ily Naturist Park; Leonard Koekkoek of Hope Bay Campground; and Wendie Dupuis of LakewoodTrailerEstates. Astheyearwrapsup,CampingInOn- tario is working on finalizing the 2017 CampingInOntariodirectorywithmore than 170,000 copies distributed at consumer shows, RV dealerships and tourist centers. In addition, Camping In Ontario will continue to focus on the issue with CanadaRevenueAgency’staxrulingstat- ing that many campgrounds are ineligi- ble for the small business tax credit. For more information, visit www.camping WCM From Nov. 20-23, members of Camp- ingInOntariocametogetherinNiagara Falls, Ontario, for the annual Conven- tion, CampEx exhibitors showcase and annual general meeting (AGM). This year’s theme was Harness Your Power with more than 180 people in attendance. Members took in sessions covering topics from marketing to government relations to providing “Ready to Camp” options. Attendeeswhotookpartinthepopu- lar campground tour visited Jordan Valley Campground and Bissell’s Hide- awayWaterPark&RVResort. The AGM, held Nov. 22, occurred in conjunction with the convention. The new executive team of the Camping In Ontario Board of Directors was intro- duced with Mike Tomaszewski of Dou- ble M RV Resort & Campground appointed as the new president; Susan Moelker of Pine Valley Park as 1st vice president; Jan Maat of North Shore RV Parkas2ndvicepresident;EllieAbucay- Giammattoloof WindmillPointPark& Campground as secretary/treasurer; Kentucky Jellystone Breaks Ground on New $10.7m Expansion Project The award-winning Mammoth Cave Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Cave City, Ky., is gearing up for a $10.7 million expansion that will include the addition of 200 camp- sites, 31 rental cabins as well as water slides and swimming pools and other new amenities. “Our financing is now in place and we expect to begin preliminary grading work before the holidays,” said park co-owner Bill Pott in mid-December, adding that the expansion project will take place on 40 of the 208 acres that his family acquired for expansion purposes last year. “The expansion is needed be- cause our Jellystone Park has been close to capacity during the past few years. This expansion will enable us to accommodate more guests, many of whom will also visit other Kentucky attractions, including Mammoth Cave National Park, Lincoln’s Birthplace and Ken- tucky’s Bourbon Trail,” Pott said. Pott said the 200 new campsites and 31 park model RVs will be in- stalled between 2017 and 2018. Other improvements will include construction of a 2.3-acre splash beach alongside a man-made pond, which will include a 110-foot by 130-foot long modular sports park that floats on the water. The floating sports park, called a Wibit, is designed to accommodate up to 100 people at a time. Also in the works are two additional water fea- ture ponds, at least five additional playground areas, five additional bathhouses, a pedal cart track and day-use pet kennels. The park also plans to add Nathan’s Famous hot dogs to its snack bar menu. “We hope to complete about two-thirds of the overall work and the first 100 campsites in time for Memorial Day 2017,” Pott said. The Cave City Jellystone Park has received national attention and awards in recent years. U.S. News and World Report named it one of “The Eight Coolest Campgrounds for Families” this year, while the Travel Channel named it one of the 10 best campgrounds for families in 2015. The park was also named “Facil- ity of the Year” in 2015 by Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc., franchisor of Jellystone Parks across the U.S. and Canada. The park also won Leisure Systems awards for customer service and recreation in 2015. WCM The Camping in Ontario board consists of (left to right) Top – Ron Parker, Chris Rhodes, Mike Tomaszewski, Doug Rielly, Jan Maat. Bottom – Diane Houle, Sarah Mann, Susan Moelker and Ellie Abucay-Giammattolo. John O’Brien is not present. Shane Devenish decision, said they certainly were pleased that everyone’s efforts to reverse CRA’s decision seem to be working. “Everyonehasbeenextremelysupportive with getting this done, but it’s frustrating. Everybody sees this is such a big issue, but now we need somebody to act on it,” he said. Devenish is part of a team that includes Camping in Ontario, an association whose members have been most heavily affected by CRA’s decision. In addition to orchestrat- ing a grassroots campaign, they have been meeting with various government officials, including Dec. 7-8 in the Canadian Parlia- ment Buildings in Ottawa, Ontario. It was during this time that Devenish learned their cause — reversing CRA’s deci- sion — is one of about 80 recommendations thathavebeenincludedinaproposalsentto the Canadian Minister of Finance, who will issue a federal budget sometime in late February or early March of next year. While the news is promising, there’s no guarantee the Minister of Finance will include the campground taxation recommendation as part of the final budget. “By no means is this the end of it, but it’s another encouraging sign that we were in- cludedasarecommendationfortheMinister of Finance to fix this for campgrounds. So that was a big thing, but it doesn’t guarantee us success. Now it’s one of about 80 recom- mendations, and not all of them can get into the budget. So now we have to put some pressure on the Ministry of Finance that this gets included in next year’s budget. Once it does, then we will be successful,” Devenish told Woodall’s Campground Management. Devenishandotherssupportingthecause, whichincludestheRVDealersAssociationof Canada,arecallingonpeopletocontacttheir respective Member of Parliament over the holiday season to voice their support behind the effort. —Rick Kessler WCM Although the matter is far from resolved, some1,760Canadiancampgroundsreceived welcome news the first full week of Decem- ber when they learned government officials are recommending reversal of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) decision to rescind the small-business tax deduction for camp- grounds in favor of a much higher corporate tax rate. It’s a somewhat complicated matter, but basically earlier this year the CRA decided campgrounds with fewer than five full-time employees would no longer qualify for the small business tax deduction. This interpre- tation by CRA effectively increases the potential tax burden to a campground from about 15% to 48% to 52%. At least three campgrounds have already been affected. A campground owner in southwestern Ontario received a collection letterstatingheowed$250,000inreassessed taxes. Another campground owner was told he owed an additional $36,000, plus $250 per month in interest charges. A coalition of agencies and associations rallied to fight CRA’s decision, including the CanadianCampingandRVCouncil(CCRVC), whichrepresents2,347privatecampgrounds in Canada. CCRVC Executive Director Shane Devenish,whomentioned75%ofitsmember campgrounds would be affected by CRA’s The Recreation Vehicle Industry Asso- ciation (RVIA), along with leaders of 12 other outdoor industry associations, made an unprecedented move to join forces to create the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable and strategically work to- gether for the benefit of American outdoor recreation as a whole. The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable is a coalition made up of America’s leading outdoor recreation trade associations. Collectively, members represent the thousands of U.S. busi- nesses that produce and provide equip- ment, gear, apparel vehicles and services for the 142 million Americans who enjoy our nation’s parks, waterways, and byways. “One of the primary goals of the Out- door Recreation Industry Roundtable is to drive a business-led agenda for recreation and to work directly with the new Trump Administration and Congress,” said RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer. “It is more important now than ever to invest in America’s booming outdoor recreation economy and no one is better positioned to identify ways to drive growth than the actual businesses that serve the lifestyle and create the jobs.” In addition to RVIA, the roundtable includes the following associations: Amer- ican Horse Council, American Recreation Coalition, American Sportfishing Associ- ation, Archery Trade Association, Interna- tional Snowmobile Manufacturers Association, Motorcycle Industry Council, Outdoor Industry Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Na- tional Park Hospitality Association, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Asso- ciation, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Asso- ciation, and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America. WCM Outdoor Groups Create New Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable