b'EDITORS NOTES By Ben QuiggleGrowing Trends Worth Watching in 20202019 was a very busy year for most of the RV park and campgroundsector, according to the many individuals Woodalls Campground Man-agement(WCM) touched bases with throughout the year.Along with an impressive growth in reservation numbers across theboard, the outdoor hospitality sector has also seen a significant numberof trends take hold as park owners, franchisors, developers and operatorsall look to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to attracting campers.As WCMtakes stock of the year ahead, we, like so many other busi-nesses at the beginning of a new year, have taken a farsighted look at2020 and have isolated in the process two of the more salient trendsthat appear to have gained even more traction during 2019.Developers have been ambitiousand are building an impressive number of new facilities, espe-cially in southern snowbird markets in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona. In fact, demand foradditional campsites in general has driven developers and investors throughout North America totake a hard look at the outdoor hospitality sectorto the extent that it was an unusual week whenthere were no news reports crossing our desks about new developments. Paul Bambei, presidentand CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds(ARVC), summed it all up bysaying that the market hadnt seen this much greenfield growth in more than 20 years.Glamping is changing the market.It wasnt that many years ago that campground operatorsonly had to focus on providing RV and tent sites. Maybe a few park model RVs and no-frills campingcabins. But that, as most WCMreaders are well aware, is all changing. This trend has admittedly beenbuilding steam for a number of years now, but 2019 seemed to have ushered in glamping in a bigway. WCMsaw more stories that featured glamping park developments as companies like AutoCampand Under Canvasmade huge strides in expanding their more upscale operations. The first Glamp-ing Summit/USAin late October attracted a larger crowd than many expected, as more accommo-dation companies from abroad entered the domestic market.Meanwhile, theres something else worth watching in 2020: WCMattended a number of sessionsduring recent national conferences on making parks pet-friendly as more campers are bringing theirfurry family members along with them. Perhaps the most eye-opening presentation was from Kamp-grounds of America Inc.s CEO and President Toby ORourke, who mentioned the growing trendduring her speech at the companys conference in early November. She showed off pet sites atsome of KOAs parks that included small fenced-in pet areas right next to where a campers RV isparked. It gave campers an opportunity to include their pets in their travels without having to alwayskeep them leashed up. Its definitely an idea that is staying ahead of the curve in 2020. WCMwww.woodallscm.comJanuary2020 Vol. 51No. 1G & M E D I A LLC Publisher: Sherman GoldenbergGROUP Editorial Director: Bruce HampsonContact Information: EditorialSherman Goldenberg, Publisher Rick Kessler, Managing [email protected] [email protected]: (574) 457-3370 (734) 777-6830Mobile: (574) 457-6637 Jeff Crider, Senior EditorFax: (574) 457-8295 [email protected] Quiggle, Editor (760) [email protected] Bob Ashley, Editor at LargeMobile: (574) 306-7781 [email protected]: (574) 266-7984 (765) 675-4106Advertising:Ally Kollat, Account Chris Lang, MarketPlace & Executive, National Ad Sales Campground Investment [email protected] [email protected]: (574) 266-7980 Office: (574) 266-7980or (800) 831-1076 ext. 11 or (800) 831-1076 ext. 10Wendy Thorne, AccountExecutive, National Ad Sales Art Direction:[email protected] Trina Nissley, Art DirectorOffice (574) 266-7980 [email protected] (800) 831-1076 ext. 14All general correspondence, circulation and display and classifiedsales inquiries may be directed to the following:Woodalls Campground Management, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901 E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514Owners, managers or marketing directors of privately held U.S. campgroundsmay receive a free subscription upon request to Woodalls CampgroundManagementone free subscription per campground. Others may purchasesubscriptions at these rates: $24.95 per year U.S. or $35.95 per year inCanada. Contact Chris Lang at Woodalls Campground Management, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901 E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514.Email: [email protected] Campground Management is published monthly by G&G MediaGroup LLC at the above address.2 -January 2020Woodalls Campground Management'