b"INDUSTRY NEWSNEWS IN BRIEFSun RV Resorts Rebranding to Sun Outdoors, Unveils New Website Sun RV Resorts, an owner and operator of more than 175 resorts and campgrounds across the United States and Canada, is rebranding to Sun Outdoors. Under the new brand, Sun Outdoors encourages travelers to explore their Sunnier Side at one of the companys vacation, glamping and 55-plus resorts, offering guests a wide range of experiences and accommodations, noted a press release.The brand publicly revealed its new identity by launching a new integrated website, elevating the users online journey with engaging images, authentic outdoor content, in-depth resort in-formation and a streamlined booking process.WCM NewBook Rolls Out Several New Integrations, Names VP of N. America NewBook is offering more connections with third-party providers including meter reading, open travel alliance (OTA) specifications and payment processing, according to company officials.George OLeary (center), pictured with ARVC President and CEO Paul Bambei, (left) acceptsThe new connections, built in partnership with industry leaders, were identified as solutions the ARVC Park of the Year Award during the 2019 OHCE. that give RV resorts and campgrounds a simple and seamless way to complete everyday func-tions more efficiently, noted a release. ARVC Receives $1 Million DonationThe NewBook platform is incredibly powerful and creates significant efficiency gains through task automation and integration. Were creating new connections to make everyday campground management even easier, said CEO Shaun Cornelius. WCM to Fund Mgmt. School Scholarships Sun Communities Acquires 40-Facility Park Holidays UK for $1.3 Billion The National Association of RV Parkscessible to those in our industry for yearsSun Communities Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to ac-and Campgrounds (ARVC) announced itto come. This is a game-changer for our in- quire Park Holidays UK for approximately $1.3 billion, according to a press release. has received a generous gift that will funddustry and to say we are grateful is an un- Park Holidays operating team, led by CEO Jeff Sills, will continue to run day-to-day opera-full scholarships to its annual Nationalderstatement. tions under Suns ownership. Park Holidays is the second largest owner and operator of holiday SchoolofRVParkandCampgroundBambei announced OLearys gift dur- communities in the UK, with 40 owned and operated communities and an additional two man-Management in perpetuity. ing the ARVC Awards of Excellence cere- aged communities. The majority of the communities are located in seaside locations in the south The gift of $1 million, from GeorgemonyonNov.11attheOutdoorof England, within a short drive of London and other southern UK cities. OLeary, a past member of the ARVCHospitalityConference&ExpoinThe acquisition will represent approximately 7% of the companys properties and 8% of its board of directors and longtime ownerRaleigh, N.C., and also shared that thetotal pro forma real estate asset value. WCM of award-winning ARVC member-parksNational School will be renamed and re-RinconCountryEastRVResortandbranded to honor OLeary.RVIA: A Total of 72 Million Americans Plan to Go RVing Over Next Year Rincon Country West RV Resort in Tuc- OLeary then shared his passion for ed- The popularity of RVing is showing no sign of slowing down with a new survey revealing son, Ariz., will allow ARVC to fully funducating the future of the campground sec- that 72 million Americans plan on taking an RV trip in the next year in an RV they rent, own or scholarships to its National School pro- tor as his reason for giving the gift.borrow, according to the RV Industry Association (RVIA). viding valuable professional develop- From early on, I learned the impor- This is up from 61 million in a survey conducted one year ago. The new survey shows that ment to the future of our industry, notedtance of education in this industry andinterest in exploring the outdoors and traveling more with children and family were the top rea-ARVC officials.thats why I am doing what I am doing. Itssons for people planning to go RVing. George has experienced so much as ato ensure the future of our industry has theThe survey, conducted from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, showed that 76% of leisure campground owner and has been sharingopportunity to get educated about thetravelers are planning to travel over the holiday seasons (defined as Thanksgiving through New his expertise with members of this indus- business, OLeary told the audience. ImYear). About 1-in-8 respondents, representing 18.5 million Americans, were planning on traveling try for decades, said ARVC President andnear the end of the trail now, and Ivein an RV during the upcoming holiday season. CEO Paul Bambei. This gift is an excep- learned a lot along the way. I hope thatThe survey of 1,280 leisure travelers conducted by Cairn Consulting has an associated mar-tional extension of his generosity, and itwhat I am doing to help the school willgin of error of +/-2.74 percentage points. WCM will ensure that the education and expe- help young people on the road to success.rience of National School will be more ac- Donationcontinued on page6 Rollin On TV Set to Rebrand as RVing Today in 100-Plus Markets Rollin On TV, the popular RV lifestyle program seen in 100-plus markets and viewed in 375,000 homes each week, is rebranding as RVing Today. The move will occur over the next several months and, according to founder Jose Moniz, will be more than a simple name change. Virtually everything about RVing Today is new and created for todays generation of RVers and outdoor enthusiasts, he told Woodalls Camp-ground Magazine (WCM). Moniz said the rebranding allows him and his team to rethink how to best reach todays RVers. Supported by an all-new website (currently under construction), RVing Today will de-liver content through multiple channels, including over-the-air TV, cable, streaming sources, and via the web on YouTube and social media. Rollin On TV first launched in January 2010 and is arguably the longest-running RV lifestyle TV program, said Moniz, adding that RVing Today, like its predecessor, will continue to report on RVs, campgrounds, destinations and aftermarket products, as well as provide user-friendly RV tips.Jim Mac WCM Cavco Generates Record-Breaking Revenue During Second Quarter Cavco Industries Inc. on Nov. 4 announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended Oct. 2 and provided updates on other business items. On Sept. 24, Cavco completed the acquisition of certain assets and liabilities of The Com-modore Corporation, which operates six manufactured housing plants and two retail locations. Since the acquisition date, the results of Commodore are included in Cavcos consolidated fi-nancial statements. Quarterly highlights included record-breaking net revenue and net income of $360 million and $38 million, respectively. WCMBEA Report: Outdoor Rec Generated $688B in Economic Impact in 2020 The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released economic data for 2020 on outdoor recre-ations powerful and positive economic impact on the U.S. economy, according to a release from the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), a coalition of outdoor recreation trade asso-ciations including the RV Industry Association (RVIA), RV Dealers Association (RVDA) and the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). These new numbers show outdoor recreation generates $688 billion in economic output, comprises 3% of U.S. employees and creates 4.3 million jobs. The report, a snapshot in time of a challenging and uncertain year, includes national and state level data. 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