b'INDUSTRY NEWSBlue Water Offering GetawayNEWS IN BRIEFWCM Explores Hot Industry Topics Through New Facebook Live Show Packages with Casino Partner Woodalls Campground Magazines (WCM) new Facebook Live show WCMs Outdoor Hospitality Update has been a huge hit since it launched at the end of August.Hospitality company Blue Water an- With co-host Ben Quiggle, editor of WCM, and Mike Gast, former vice president of com-nounced its ongoing exclusive partner- munications at Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) and a senior writer for RVTravel.com, ship with Ocean Downs Casino to offerthe show has reached thousands throughout its first five episodes.Ocean City Casino Getaways packages,It really has gone better than we could have expected, said Quiggle.according to a press release.Airing at 3 p.m. (EST) every Tuesday on WCMs Facebook page at Started in 2020, this partnership pro- www.facebook.com/woodallscm, the show has dived into RV dealer issues, camper etiquette, vides exclusive accommodation pack- boondocking, vaccine mandates and camper reservation issues so far.agesforcasinoguests,includingOur goal is to keep highlighting issues in the outdoor hospitality industry that impact the complimentary shuttle service to andthree-day stay, including a $200 casinoindustry as a whole, including RV park, campground and glamping park owners, explained from the casino, at Blue Waters Coastalcredit. Guests will enjoy deluxe accom- Quiggle.MarylandandDelawarehotelsandmodations,restaurantsandgaming,To watch previous episodes of the show, head to campgroundsfromDeweyBeachtoshuttle service, complimentary concertwww.facebook.com/woodallscm/videos/. Ocean City.and comedy show tickets, and opportu- Do you have a topic that might interest WCMs audience? Email Quiggle at Wecouldntbemorethrilledtonities to win getaway vacations, luxurybquiggle@rvbusiness.com WCM launch this exciting new venture that willcars, cash prizes, slot winnings and more help stimulate our local economy in ourduring different parts of the season.Carolinas Parks Assoc. Goes Back to the Future at Spring Conference shoulder seasons, said Dean Geraci- Packages are currently offered fromThe Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CARVC) has opened registra-mos, Blue Waters COO. In true BlueLabor Day through mid-June, exclusivelytion for its spring conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. from Feb. 3-5 that features the theme Water fashion, weve identified an inno- at Blue Water properties, including AloftBack to the Future. vative way to add value to the uniqueOcean City by Marriott in Ocean City,The conference is held at the Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront, which features tourism experience in our backyard byMd.;CommanderHotel&Suitestwo-room suites that boast private balconies and views of the ocean. Each suite features a partnering with an iconic local business.Oceanfront in Ocean City, Md.; Fenwickseparate living room with a sofa bed and a private bedroom. AstheexclusivelodgingpartnerforInn in Ocean City, Md.; Atlantic Ocean- The 2021 conference attracted more than two dozen vendors and representatives from Ocean Downs casino packages, we canfront Hotel in Ocean City, Md.; Bay Re- over 30 campgrounds. offer truly custom services to help makesort Waterfront Hotel in Dewey Beach,The conference includes educational sessions, chances for park owners to connect with our guests trip to the beach more mem- Del.; Frontier Town Luxury RV Resort &each other and other entertainment opportunities. The Take Back Tour is coming back in orable.Campground in Berlin, Md.; and Fort2022 and will feature tours of three unique CARVC member campgrounds and one new TheOceanCityCasinoGetawaysWhaley RV Resort & Campground incampground under construction.packages start at $199 for a two-night,Whaleyville, Md. WCM For $75 attendees of this tour will get transportation in a luxury coach, a wine tasting and lunch at Carrollwoods RV Campground and Winery. Elkhart, Ind.s RV Open House Cancelled Again You can learn more and register here: www.campingcarolinas.com/about-us/ WCM The biggest question within the RVafter by a similar announcement from New Yorks Lei Ti Campground Raises Nearly $8,000 for Veterans Group Industry lately was answered in earlyMinneapolis-based Winnebago Indus- Over Labor Day weekend Lei Ti Campground in Bethany, N.Y., held its 29th Annual Labor September when market leaders THORtriesInc.,essentiallyterminatedtheDay Charity Auction benefitting One Soldier at a Time, according to a press release. IndustriesInc.andForestRiverInc.industrysbig-pictureplansforaThe charity helps support current and past military members and their families. jointly announced their decision to stepconventional Open House.The park presented a check in the amount of $7,900 to One Soldier at a Times Founder away for the second consecutive yearInstead, again this year, large num- and President Lauren Coe. WCM from the 2021 Elkhart RV Open Housebers of RV dealers from across the U.S. due to concerns over the rising threat ofand Canada will descend on ElkhartSoftware Firm Astra Announces New Signature Partnership with ARVC the latest wave of COVID-19.County to examine new products inThe National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has announced that TheOpenHouseistheindustryswhathasbecomeahybridOpenAstra has joined ARVC as a Signature Partner. Astra, and its associated discovery platform chief national scale trade show that hadHouse scenario, as OEMs exhibit theirReserveAmerica.com, is an all-in-one campground growth platformencompassing both been set for the week of Sept. 27.waresinon-sitedisplaysattheircampground management software and booking engine, ReserveAmerica.com.The decision, followed shortly there- facilities. WCM With over 35 years of experience, the business is still today run from a campground, so each as-pect of its service is campground owner-built, tested and approved, according to a press release. Astra is now at the highest level of partnership of any reservation and management software with ARVC, noted the release. This partnership level is reflective of a commitment by Astra to work with ARVC to create a stronger community for all in the campground industry, as well as significant resources, support and collaboration efforts to better help campgrounds of all sizes.WCMKOA Hosting Buyers Workshop at Tennessee Resort from Oct. 23-24 Learn the ins and outs of purchasing and operating a successful campground by attending the latest Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) Buyers Workshop. This informative two-day event, Oct. 23-24, for prospective campground owners will be held at the Nashville KOA Re-sort in Tennessee, according to a release. Over the course of this two-day workshop, attendees will learn about key topics important when considering the purchase or development of a campground. The discussion will include details of campground ownership, campground management, insurance and finance from KOA experts. The cost of the KOA Buyers Workshop is $250 per person or $300 per couple and in-cludes all materials, as well as one breakfast and two lunches. To register for the event head to kampgroundsofamericainc.regfox.com/koa-fall-buyers-work-shop or contact Deedee Flanagan at 800-548-7239 or email her at dflanagan@koa.net WCMMargaritaville Preparing to Add More RV Resorts After Initial Success Following the success of Camp Margaritaville in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. and Lake Lanier, Ga., the global lifestyle brand, Margaritaville, has announced additional Camp Margaritaville RV Resort openings, according to a release.Margaritaville has additional Camp Margaritaville RV Resorts on the horizon, notably Camp Margaritaville RV Resort and Cabana Cabins in Auburndale, Fla., in early 2022, a rebrand of the popular and family-owned Cabana Club. Depending on the location, the lodging offerings will include luxury RV sites, cabins, lodge accommodations, treehouses and glamping sites. Each destination will feature amenities, such as resort-style arrival and check-in features, large pads with outdoor furniture, electric and water hookups for all RV types, complimentary Wi-Fi, iconic F&B hot spots, pools and bathrooms, recreation activities, entertainment programming, dog parks, retail locations and much more, the release states. WCM4 November 2021Woodalls Campground Magazine'