b'EDITORS NOTES By Ben QuigglePark Sector Will Again Show ResiliencyWow!Words cant describe what most park owners and state association ex-ecutives have had to endure this month.The COVID-19 crisis has transformed what the 2020 camping season isgoing to look like and could well impact park owners for years to come.The Denver-based National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds(ARVC) has begun collecting impact statements from park operators acrossNorth America, many of whom are feeling the financial pinch brought onby stay-in-place orders and other actions taken by federal, state and localofficials.As of mid-March, we refunded $4,825.15 and showed record losses of$13,295.47 in revenue because of cancellations, noted Andrew Petty, of Stage-coach RV Parkin Augustine, Fla. The rate of cancellations coming in doesnt seem to be slowing down.Not only are park proprietors concerned about lost revenue, theyre also worried about taking careof their employees and are sorting through regulations, orders and guidelines to ensure their parks canremain open for the season. At the same time, theyre trying to figure out how federal Small BusinessAdministration (SBA) loans and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act canhelp keep their businesses afloat.Fortunately, park owners have several resources at their fingertips. ARVCs blog, Coronavirus: WhatYou Can Do to Protect Your Park, has been a great resource for information on how COVID-19 is impact-ing the RV park and campground arena, as well as a valuable source for related information in general.You can access it at arvc.org.Several insurance providers are also extending a helping hand, including Marshall & Sterling Insur-ances campground and hospitality program. You can access printable posters and other resources here:marshallsterling.com/blog.What does the future hold for the outdoor hospitality sector? All things considered, many feel opti-mistic that RV park and campground owners will post strong summer seasons in 2020 and beyond.Mirroring the sentiments of other astute industry observers, Karen Redfern, vice president of brandmarketing and communications for the all-industry Go RVing marketing program, told Woodalls Camp-ground Management(WCM) that she believes the RV industry and its allied accommodations sectorswill find themselves in an incredible position after the virus fades. No pun intended, she said, butwe are the vehicle to help families spend time together and explore the outdoors.Meanwhile, ARVC President and CEO Paul Bambeitold WCMthe RV park and campground sectorhas always rebounded after adversity, and hes expecting more of the same this time around. (See ourrelated article on page 20.)As the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact park owners, we should add: Its encouraging to see so manyin the outdoor hospitality world reaching out with helping hands. Owners are a resilient bunch of people,and if the COVID-19 crisis continues to show us anything, its that we are all stronger together. WCMwww.woodallscm.comMay2020 Vol. 51No. 5G & M E D I A LLC Publisher: Sherman GoldenbergGROUP Editorial Director: Gary GerardContact Information: EditorialSherman Goldenberg, Publisher Rick Kessler, Managing [email protected] [email protected]
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