Bennetts Buy Anderson’s Brochure Distribution November 2017 - 3 activitiesconstitutethelargestcontributorto the nation’s GDP for federally-managed lands — but also occur and stimulate eco- nomic activity on private lands. As you determine a path forward to restore and rebuild the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the outdoor recreation industry asks for your focus on recreational infrastructure throughouttheprocess.Whilereestablishing recreational opportunities are important to return a sense of cultural normalcy to these affectedstates,outdoorrecreationisalsoan important economic driver. Restoring and improving recreational access and facilities will help provide necessary and important economicrecoveryintheU.S.,specificallyin Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Extreme high water, strong winds and surgefromthesestormscausedexponential damage to bridges, boat ramps, docks, piers and navigational aids as well as erosion and structural damage to recreational facilities and access points in our local, state and na- tional parks. The damage is not just of recre- ational importance, but also of public safety. The recent hurricanes revealed the need for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) projectstobere-evaluatedandthenecessary repairs and upgrades expedited to preserve life and property. Concerns over the integrity oftheAddicksandBarkerReservoirsinHous- ton led the USACE to implement controlled releases, flooding adjacent homes and neighborhoods and damaging associated recreational areas. ORIR– continued on page 6 ORIR: Federal Action and Appropriation Needed Now to Restore, Enhance Recreational Infrastructure SunCommunitiesUnveilsLuxuryRVResort forTravelersalongCalifornia’sCentralCoast Don and Lisa Bennett announced in October that they have purchased Pittsford, N.Y.-based Anderson’s Brochure Distribution Service from Joe and Jessica Tice. Anderson’s has been promoting the RV and camping industry since 1981 and distributes literature to over two million consumers per year looking for new destinations and travel related products. In 2018, Anderson’s will be partici- pating in 25 shows throughout the Eastern U.S. and Canada. The Bennetts have been involved in the industry for most of their lives. “We are very excited to represent our industry to consumers searching for their next adventure,” said Don Bennett. “As show attendance contin- ues to increase, we are increasing the number of shows this year and expanding into new venues.” Don is the president and CEO of Campground Owners of New York (CONY). The Bennetts are also the owners of Conesus Lake Camp- ground in Pittsford, N.Y. They are the proud parents of two teenage sons, Winston and Mason. The 2018 show season begins in January and concludes in September with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey. Information and show distribution information can be WCM ‘Encompassing diverse activities ranging from hunting and fishing to trail and water sports and off-roading, the outdoor recreation industry is an important economic engine and social component of our nation.’ Members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) say the recreation industry needs to be included in disaster recovery planning. Cava Robles, a high-end resort lo- cated amid the rolling vineyards of Cal- ifornia’s central coast in Paso Robles, is slated to open in May 2018. Company officials said the develop- ment is the first ground-up develop- ment for Sun RV Resorts, part of Southfield, Mich.-based Sun Commu- nities Inc., and noted that resort plan- ners have created a property that preserves the natural beauty of the site. Nearby oak trees and hillsides are pro- tected, retaining the small-town rural charm that draws visitors worldwide to the quaint Central Coast of California. “We want Cava guests to open their doors and experience the spectacular beauty that surrounds them,” said Lisa Harold, regional vice president.“We are setting a new standard for experience with the creation of Cava Robles.” Finalplansarenearingcompletionof an initial resort layout that includes Hershey Show attendees walk among the dozens of RVs on display. tectors at the entry points. With more than a million square feet of display space in and around the Giant Center complex—theequivalentof33footballfields — the event featured 45 manufacturers and more than 1,300 RVs, as well as 158 suppliers and vendors. Manufacturersanddealersreportedcrowds were not only plentiful, but in a buying mood. “It was the best I’ve seen in 10-plus years, attendance-wise and sales-wise,” said Scott Degnan, vice president and general manager of the Winnebago Towables Division whose Middlebury, Ind.-based manufacturing unit introduced an array of rebadged smaller, lightweight, Minnie-branded towables and a new series of Minnie Plus fifth-wheels at Hershey. “You’re probably hearing a similar thing from everybody else. But I would say thatitwasasgoodintermsofattendanceand quality of people (qualified buyers) as I’ve seen in at least 10 years of going to Hershey. It was great.” WCM With a total gate attendance of 64,242 — easily surpassing last year’s record of 57,692 — the 49th Annual America’s Largest RV ShowinHershey,Pa.,hostedbythePennsyl- vania RV & Campground Association (PRVCA),wasyetanothersigntheRVindustry is humming along on all cylinders. “The Hershey Show is usually an indicator forwhat’sinstorefornextyear,”PRVCAExec- utive Vice President Heather Leach told WoodallsCampgroundManagement.“Itlooks like everybody’s predictions are right on track. “We were all very pleased with this year’s show,” Leach added. “All the dealers and exhibitorsthatItalkedtosaidtheyhadawon- derful show. A lot of dealers were having recorddays,soifthey’rehappy,we’rehappy.” One of the industry’s signature events, the show began Sept. 11 with two industry-only days for education, training and final set-up before giving way to throngs of consumers who, due to newly enacted Giant Center re- quirements,neededtopassthroughmetalde- HersheyShowPostsRecordAttendanceand MoreThan1MillionSquareFeetofDisplays EditorsNote:OutdoorRecreationIndustry Roundtable (ORIR) members including National Association of RV Parks and Camp- grounds(ARVC)havebeenworkingtodeliver a strong and unified message to Congress and the administration about the importance of including the outdoor industry in disaster recovery efforts after a very tough year. The letter below was sent to 20 members of Con- gress and to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Jr., Assistant Secretary (Acting) for Civil Works Douglas Lamont, Secretary of Agri- culture Sonny Perdue and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney.WeeksafterCategory3Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast of Texas, RV park and campground owners were still coming to terms with the destruction that had been left behind by the deadly storm. The outdoor recreation industry is a large and important part of the nation’s economy, with economic activity estimated at $887 bil- lion annually. Our industry is diverse, includ- ing activities as diverse as hunting and fishing, trail sports of all types, camping and downhill skiing, wildlife and bird watching, horseback riding, boating and more. These more than 200 mo- torcoach sites and 20 freestanding cot- tage-inspired vaca- tion rentals. The resort will offer ban- quet facilities, two large swimming pools, a state-of-the art fitness center and a large covered picnic and gather- ing spot for guests’ enjoyment. The five buildings on-site will feature rustic, contemporary style architecture and early California-style antiquefurniturethatoffersanodtothe state’srichranchhistory,whileincorpo- rating modern amenities. Cava Robles will offer concierge services, an on-site restaurant and a bar serving up locally sourced wines and beers, shuttles to nearby wineries and events, a variety of on-site specialty pro- gramsandguestservices,includingaspa, winetasting,concertsandnaturewalks. According to the RV Consumer Demographic Profile, compiled by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Associa- tion (RVIA), RV ownership has reached a new peak, with 8.9 million RV-owning households. As increasingly more peo- ple are drawn to the lure of leisurely wandering, demands to make RV travel more appealing have also grown. “Cava Robles will be ready to exceed expectations,” Harold said. WCM The luxury resort Cava Robles in Paso Robles, Calif., willbethefirst“ground-up”resortforSunRVResorts.