b'The Jellystone Park system expects the interest in camping to con-Rob Schutter tinue in 2021 as fourth-quarter reservations are trending up nearly 52%. Jellystone Park Reports Largest SingleMonth Sales Increase in 51-Year HistoryYogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp-Re- ecutive of Leisure Systems Inc., whichsorts reported the largest single-month franchises more than 75 Jellystone Parksales increase in its 51-year history in locationsinNorthAmerica,allsignsOctober. Same-park sales were up 64.1% point to another very strong year for theover 2019 as families left the confines of brand and the family camping industry.their homes for the great outdoors, ac- Even with a vaccine available, par-cording to company officials.ents apprehension over flying and stay-Same-park reservations for the fourth ing in hotels will continue, so campingquarter of 2020 are trending up nearly will remain very popular, Schutter said.52% over 2019, suggesting the camping He noted that 2020s RV sales boom alsoexplosionwillcontinuethroughthe is contributing to the rosy outlook forwinter and throughout 2021. next year. Families that bought RVs willThere are more than 75 franchised be eager to use them, he said.JellystoneParklocationsthroughout Schutter added that camping histori-North America, offering families a com- cally has been very resilient during eco-bination of attractions, activities includ- nomicdownturns.Iftheeconomying Yogi Bear character interactions, and softens, camping will be even more ap-accommodations. Despite most loca- pealing as it is more affordable thantionopeningsbeingdelayedbythe othertypesoffamilyvacations.HeCOVID pandemic, the brand is on track noted that this years reservations surgefor a 13th straight year of system sales came despite an unemployment rategrowth. that peaked at nearly 15%.The demand for cabins drove much Locations that are open year-roundof the October increase, with rentals up are reporting an increase in fall and win-almost 108%. Store and ancillary sales, ter bookings, especially those that offersuch as golf cart rentals, were up more holiday-themed activities. than 68%. Half of Jellystone Parks guests Formoreinformation,visitthis year have been first-time visitors. www.jellystonepark.com for links to in-According to Rob Schutter, chief ex- dividual park websites. WCMColorado Yurt CompanyHires Garrett Walker to Lead Sales TeamMontrose, Colo-basedColorado Yurt Companyhas announced the hiringof Garrett Walker as itsdirector of sales. He willlead the sales and mar-keting teams as the com-pany focuses on strategicgrowth opportunities andcustomer connections to the outdoors, accordingto company officials. Walker has extensive sales and managementexperience. Most recently, Walker was CEO ofTeilhaber Manufacturing. Previously, he held avariety of sales and marketing positions at Otter-Box, including accounts director and managerfor outdoor. Walker is a Colorado native and an avid out-doorsman. He and his family look forward tobeing a part of the Montrose community and Col-orado Yurt Company, noted officials. Garrett is an incredible addition to our team,explained John Gibson, CEO and owner of Col-orado Yurt Company. He will lead us into a newera, as we position ourselves to meet the grow-ing demand for quality, innovative outdoor struc-tures for customers around the globe.Colorado Yurt Company manufactures yurts,tipis and tents for customers across the U.S. andinternationally. WCM4 -February 2021 Woodalls Campground Management'