b'Jellystone Reports Q3All Signs Point to Another Strong Crowd, Sales at 2020 Sales Increase of 9.9% Florida RV SuperShow, Kickoff for Winter RV ShowsYogiBearsJellystonePark try. In addition, there will be around 850Camp-Resorts Super Rally coaches on the grounds that stayposted record sys- for all or part of the show.tem sales for the Marketing Director Dave Kellynoted, As12thconsecutive far as attendance, we are looking to matchyear, according to or exceed last years total of 74,286. We getcompany officials. Same-park sales through people from across the United States andSept. 30, which marks the end of the camp- Canada along with attendees from all overing season for most Jellystone Park loca- the word including Europe, Australia, thetions, were up 9.9% over 2018. Middle East and Far East. There are also a lotThe Jellystone Park system boasts 75 lo- of snowbirds in Florida for the winter, whichcationsacrosstheUnitedStatesand also helps boost attendance.Canada, and is franchised by Milford, Ohio- While the fairgrounds facility offers FRVTAbased Leisure Systems Inc.(LSI).a high-profile venue, Wilson noted that theSeveral factors explain our growth, overall space afforded to the SuperShow issaid Rob Schutter, COO of LSI. Millennial limiting further expansion. families are increasingly discovering camp- The Florida RV Trade Association says that RV dealerships are still in great shape, and that it The management and staff at the Fair-ing and glamping, and most want the ameni- expects a well-attended Florida RV SuperShow in mid-January.grounds are wonderful to work with. Butties, activities and accommodations that other than a total redesign, theres absolutelyonly Jellystone Park offers. There will be upwards of 450 supplier booths and, except for no room to grow, he told Woodalls Camp-Schutter noted that retail store sales some of the smaller companies, every manufacturer and everyground Management. were up more than 16%, while ancillary Echoing sentiments expressed by othersales, which include food service and op- type of RV will be represented, said Lance Wilson, executive major show producers, Kelly said that overalltional activities such as laser tag, were up director of the Florida RV Trade Association. attendance numbers always hinge on themore than 18%. weather. Jellystone Park welcomed three new Organizers for the Florida RV Trade Asso- ganization that has grown to include 500 busi- Every year, its an issue, he said. Werefranchisees in 2019 and expects to add four ciation (FRVTA)arepreparingforrecord nesses associated with the states RV indus- not looking for any major problems, but itlocations in 2020.crowds during the 35th edition of its signature seems like we do get rain at least one day inThereistremendousmomentum Florida RV SuperShow as the Jan. 15-19 the afternoon during the event. The good sidethroughout the Jellystone Park system, said event will again cover every square inch of of that is we usually end up with four or fiveRick Spear, chairman of the franchisee advi- the allotted acreage at the Florida State Fair- beautiful days. Over the years we have foundsory committee and long-time owner of the grounds in Tampa. that two days of bad weather may affect at-Jellystone Park in Estes Park, Colo. We have There will be upwards of 450 supplier tendance, but not sales.the benefit of being part of an established booths and, except for some of the smaller The established blueprint for the event willfranchise system that is very much at the companies, every manufacturer and every emulate past years, according to Wilson. forefront of family vacation trends. WCM type of RV will be represented, reported Lance Wilson, right, and Dave Kelly We always have an Industry Day priorLance Wilson, executive director for the or- Florida RV SuperShow continued on page 6Camping in Ontario Celebrates its 50thCampsitePhotos.com Starts Campsite Year at Annual CampEX Convention Assist to Help Campers Reserve SitesThe2019conventionfea- andfrequencyoftured a number of topics that scans (every three,touched on a variety of indus- 13 or 33 minutes). Atry-related issues regarding ac- one-timefeeiscounting suggestions, how to be chargedforeachproactive and adaptive to market scan request. Scan-demands and how to adapt to ning will start imme-the next generation of campers. diately after paymentI think the most important and run continuallything about this convention is up until the date ofthe networking; its the casual arrival.Userscanconversations, explained An- change the date ofLegislative Assembly members Lisa MacLeod (L) and Norman derson. Of course, there are arrivalandnumberMiller (R) with Camping in Ontarios Alexandra Anderson. some key educational sessions of nights at any timethat we always try to deliver, (for no extra charge).Celebrating 50 years in 2019, Camp- but I really think its the networking and Campsite Assist helps campers find sites at sold-out campgrounds. Usersalsohaveing in Ontario held its annual conven- its the friendships the ability to includetion and CampEX at the JW Marriotton thatyoucannot CampsitePhotos.com, a site that hosts or exclude Americans with Disabilities ActLake Rosseau in mid-November.put a price on. photos of campgrounds in the U.S., has an- (ADA)compliant,equestrianandgroupAlexandra Anderson, executive di- Campingin nounced the launch of Campsite Assist, ac- campsites.Otherfeatureswillalsoberector of the association, told Woodalls Ontarioalso cording to Eric Edwards, founder and CCO added in the coming months.CampgroundManagement thatthe kickedoffanew of the company. Initially, Campsite Assist is scanning allevent had a great turnout, with more traditionwithits Campsite Assist is an online tool that reservablecampgroundsandpropertiesthan 200 attendees.firstCampers finds available campsites at sold-out camp- listed on Recreation.gov (2,883) and Re-We recognized the last four living Choice awards. grounds and alerts the user (via text and serveCalifornia.com (235-plus). members that helped create Camping Campingin Lisa MacLeod spoke email) when a campsite becomes available. Campsite Assist does not book reserva-in Ontario, she said. We had a really Ontarioalsoan- at the convention. The alert also includes a link to the reser- tions, but it will notify people the second anice blend of people in attendance. nounceditsnew vation website so the user can immediately site becomes available. Its then up to theLisa MacLeod and Norman Miller, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, try and reserve the campsite. user to complete the reservation, addedboth members of the Legislative Assem- SusanMoelker,alongwithits2020 Asmostcampersknow,gettinga Edwards.bly of Ontario, were in attendance.BoardofDirectors,includingNolan reservation at a popular campground is Recreation.gov includes many nationalThe four-day event featured a host of Vallery, Chantal de Blois, Sarah Mann, very difficult, said Edwards. We devel- parks, U.S. Forest Service sites and otherspeakers and special events, such as JohnBaker,andEllieAbucay-Gi- oped Campsite Assist specifically to try and campgrounds while ReserveCalifornia.comCamping in Ontarios CampEX, keynote ammattolo, with new additions Mark help campers get a campsite at a sold-out handles all California state parks, beachesspeakers, cracker-barrel Q&As, the An- Jaycock,andMattDenHollander. campground on the dates they want to and recreation area campgrounds. nual General Meeting, a music-trivia Chris Rhodesand Doug Reillyhave fin- camp. Campsite Assist will add other reserva-talent show, campground tours and a ished their three-year term positions on Campsite Assist allows users to choose tion agency sites in the near future, said Ed-networking-focused scavenger hunt. the board.Ben QuiggleWCM a campground, date of arrival, length of stay wards. WCMWOODALLSCM.com January 2020-3'