b'U.S. campground owners are reporting that some Canadians are sell- for Gold Canyon RV & Golf Resort in American snowbirds. This upcominging their park model RVs in response to the COVID crisis, but many Gold Canyon, Ariz. season,webooked89reservationsare still keeping them in the hopes of coming South in the future.There were a few that wanted to with17cancellationssofar,saidwait to make reservations to see how Gayla Pociask, manager of Sunrise RVthings progress. I think the ones with Resort, a Roberts Resorts property inthe reservations will hold out until the Apache Junction with 139 RV sites andvery last moment to cancel and only if 359 park model RV sites.they have no choice. The majority I Canadian RV reservations repre-havetalkedtoalreadyhavetheir sented 19% of our reservations. Of thathealthinsuranceinplaceandare percentage, 6% have cancelled withplanning on heading down here for concerns regarding the COVID pan-the winter season, she said. demic. In regard to U.S. reservations,Some of Gold Canyons Canadians 8% have cancelled with concerns re-have put their park model RVs up for garding the COVID pandemic, Poci-sale, however. When it comes to park ask said, adding that she is also seeingmodel RVs owned by Canadians, they an increase in the number of Canadi-are freaking out a little more on the sit- ans wanting to sell their park modeluation and 13 have put their units up RVs.for sale in the resort. Whether they will Many U.S. and Canadian snowbirdscome down if (their unit) does not sell, who have not rebooked for the 2020-I am not sure about that, she said. 2021 winter season are waiting until itOther parks in Arizona are reporting gets closer to winter to see if the pan-cancellations by both Canadian and demicimprovesbeforedecidingwhether to rebook. Rincon Country West RV Resort inTucson, Ariz., is experiencing a highvolume of Canadian cancellations, butonly one has put a park model RV upfor sale.Activity planning at many snowbird resortshas changed to reflect the current crisis.The majority of the cancellationsarefromCanadians,saidAnnetteWeinell,officemanagerforRinconCountry West, adding that Canadiansaccount for about 15% of park reserva-tions. A handful of American snow-birds have also cancelled their winterreservations, she said.Weinell said she had only heard ofoneCanadianputtingtheirparkmodel RV up for sale between bothRinconCountryWestandRinconCountry East. The other (park modelRV) owners we have heard from arejust planning on not coming this year,she said.For its part, Palm Creek Resort &Residences, a Sun Communities Inc.property in Casa Grande, Ariz., has ac-tuallyseenanincreaseinvacationrental stays since the pandemic beganand expects that trend to continue, ac-cordingtoKaitlinEgan,aspokes-woman for the resort.Our Canadian guests are anxiouslyawaiting the reopening of the bordertoreturntotheirArizonawinterhomes and sites, she said. Our guestscanbookwithconfidenceknowingthat we intend to be flexible based ontravel restrictions.Meanwhile,someparkoperatorssay that negative press coverage in-volving COVID-19 is also fueling can-cellations. Hopefully soon, the American peo-ple will not be acting on fear and will beacting on actual facts, said Rob Smith,of Fortune Real Estate, which has had a15% cancellation rate for the upcomingwinter season at Fishermans Cove RVResortin Palmetto. WCM20 -October 2020Woodalls Campground Management'