b'KOA Delays Until Mid-July the Rollout of Its First-Ever Glamping ResortTheCOVID-19crisishasforcedKampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA)to delay the opening of Terramor Out-doorResort,aglampingresortthecompany is currently building in BarHarbor, Maine.Whitney Scott, KOAs vice presidentof marketing, told Woodalls Camp-ground Management (WCM) that dueto state travel restrictions and delaysin getting tent furnishings the decisionwas made to bump the opening datefrom late June tomid-July.Manythingswerebeingor-deredoverseasthat were unabletosticktotheirusualshippingtimeline, she ex-plained.WeareWhitney Scott now looking at aJuly 15 opening at limited capacity.Built on the site of a former KOApark, the 60-acre property will feature64 luxury canvas tents set among the The opening of Terramor has been delayed due to COVID-related issues,trees and oriented around a lodge that but construction on buildings, like the lodge pictured above, is progressing. offers a bar and restaurant, store andequipment rentals. The property will We have hired a chef, Maine native packs to buy, guests wont be coming conversation.alsoincludeanature-inspiredpool Dakota Hatton,whohashelpedus in with pre-packed coolers like at a KOA has always been a part of thatand outdoor recreation areas where create a truly local dining experience, campground. conversation, she noted. In our re-guests can relax and socialize. Scott highlighted. All beers on tap are More staff is needed because of search, the North American GlampingThegovernmentalrestrictions New England-based, as well as many added amenities, we have outfitters Report,64%ofrespondentsfoundhave been difficult to navigate and of the seasonal ingredients in the food. (concierge-like staff members), house- cabinsbestfittheirdefinitionofaccommodate, explained Scott. We Weve also added interactive Celestron keepingfordailylinens,restaurant glamping. Deluxe Cabins and Camp-have had to push back our opening telescopes to our lodge that allow our and bar staff, as well as a full kitchen ing Cabins make up the largest per-date causing a series of cancellations Terramor guests to not just enjoy the staff, Scott added. centage of KOA lodging options on ourand rebookings twice. We have also stars but explore them. She told WCM that KOA is open to campgrounds. Our campgrounds pro-had to change our marketing efforts The resort will have no sites avail- exploring opening more parks like Ter- videanopportunitytoglampinato focus on more hyper-local guests ableforRVersorconventionaltent ramor once it is up and running. more self-serve campground setting.forcertainperiods.We,ofcourse, campers inasmuch as Terramor is not We are excited about what oppor- There is a leisure traveler looking for awant to always abide by the regula- a traditional campground. tunities Terramor could bring, she ex- moreelevated,morefull-servicetions, especially to keep guests and Its meant to provide an elevated plained. Those opportunities are all purely glamping experience. We be-staff safe, but it does create a whole outside experience that is little more theoretical at this point though and lieve that Terramor allows us to reachlotofunintentionaloverheadand full-service orientated, she explained. nothing has been confirmed. We still that different market set. Its a marketmarketing costs. For instance, Terramor guests would have lots of exploring to do. that doesnt compete with our KOAShe told WCMthat KOA has been able not expect to bring their own food to Scott said that Terramor was an im- options, but could as an entry point orto stick closely to the original plan when prepare for breakfast, lunch or dinner. portant move for KOA as it looks to extension to camping experiences. it comes to construction of the park. While we have grilling areas with grill continue being part of the glamping Ben QuiggleWCMPRVCA Cancels Hershey ShowDue to COVID ConcernsThe Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle andCamping Association(PRVCA) announced inlate June it had cancelled the 2020 HersheyAmericas Largest RV Show, which had beenscheduled for Sept. 16-20 at the Giant Centerin Hershey, Pa., according to PRVCA officials. As COVID-19 outbreaks continue to be ofconcern, PRVCA worked to find ways to holda show while protecting the health and safetyof all attendees, exhibitors, speakers andstaff. Unfortunately, the hurdles were toogreat to overcome based on the informationofficials had in possession at the moment.We are very disappointed that we can-not hold the show this year, said HeatherLeach, PRVCA executive director. Healthand safety are always our highest priority inhosting Americas Largest RV Show. Afterconsidering all possible ways to host theshow, we have decided that cancelling isthe best decision. Our goal is always to pro-vide a great show experience for our boothvendors, manufacturers, exhibitors and at-tendees.Weplantocomebackevenstronger for our 2021 show.This is the first time in 53 years the show,one of Americas largest,has not been held.Our staff will be in touch about all depositspaid for the show, Leach added. Thank youfor your patience and support as we navigatethis unprecedented situation. WCM4 -August 2020Woodalls Campground Management'