b'EDITORS NOTES BY BEN QUIGGLENew Colorado Ordinance a Win for HipcampHere at Woodalls Campground Magazine (WCM), we monitor a wide range of news sources so that we can stay on top of important information that might impact our readers.That means WCM sees a lot of stories on topics ranging from new developments to government policy.But in October, WCM had perhaps one of the biggest news stories of 2022 pop upthe announcement that Hipcamp had successfully lobbied for a private-land camp-ing ordinance in Chaffee County, Colo.Hipcamp for years has drawn the ire of many park owners. The travel site lists campsites that are generally set up on private land. Think farms, empty fields, ranches and more. While there are some campgrounds, RV parks and glamping parks that are listed on the site, the majority of the website is dedicated to individuals who have some extra space. Issues surrounding unpermitted campsites that pop up on Hipcamp have been a thorn in the com-panys side over the years since the companys initial launch five to six years ago. Before the pandemic, the website had touted that it offered hundreds of thousands of camping desti-nations on its website. While WCM didnt reach out to Hipcamp, it isnt hard to imagine that with the boom in camping and RVing, and the chronic issue of overcrowding facing the outdoor hospitality industry, Hip-camp has probably continued to grow.On top of that, it has attracted celebrity investorsthink Will Smith and Jay-Zand its CEO Alyssa Ravasio was named one of the most influential people in the outdoor industry by Outside Business Journal this past June.Throughout this growth trajectory, many owners in the traditional campground and RV park sectors have become frustrated that many of the listings on the website dont follow the same permitting/zoning processes that they do.That is why the recent Hipcamp news coming out of Colorado is so huge. The new ordinance will allow individuals to host small-scale commercial camping on private properties. It outlines clear, cost-effective and thoughtful regulations for camping on private lands to ensure its safe for the community. Hipcamp also threw in some stats that demonstrate the growth in Colorado that led to this ordinance, Listings in Colorado have grown by 265% since 2019, while demand for bookings in the state have surged by 202% during the same period. While it is still too early to tell, this could lead to even more municipalities looking at similar ordinances, perhaps leading to even more doorways opening for individuals who want to host a small number of campsites.Hipcamp isnt the only one entering this space. Harvest Hosts has also made headway by working with wineries, breweries and more, and touts that it works with campgrounds as well to help them create even more business.For park owners in the traditional space, it may be time to think about how more individuals opening up their spaces for a small number of campers may impact their businesses.Is it time to embrace partnership opportunities? Are there ways the two different models can coexist and even thrive?WCM www.woodallscm.com GG M E D I AVol. 53 No. 12 December 2022&GROUP LLCSherman Goldenberg, PublisherTrina Nissley, Art Director sgoldenberg@rvbusiness.comtnissley@rvbusiness.com Office: (574) 457-3370 Mobile: (574) 457-6637ADVERTISING: Fax: (574) 457-8295 Ally Kollat, Account Ben Quiggle, EditorExecutive, National Ad Sales bquiggle@rvbusiness.comakollat@g-gmediagroup.com Mobile: (574) 306-7781Office: (574) 266-7980Rick Kessler, Managing EditorWendy Thorne, Account rkessler@rvbusiness.comExecutive, National Ad Sales (734) 777-6830 wthorne@g-gmediagroup.com Gary Gerard, Editorial DirectorOffice (574) 266-7980ggerard@rvbusiness.com (574) 528-1275 Scan toAlex Burkett, subscribeDigital Media Coordinatorto our daily aburkett@rvbusiness.com news feed Jeff Crider, Senior Editorand print campinginfosource@gmail.compublications(760) 469-5905 All general correspondence, circulation and display and classified salesinquiries may be directed to the following: Woodalls Campground Magazine, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901 E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514. Fax: (574) 266-7984Owners, managers or marketing directors of privately held U.S. campgrounds may receive a free subscription upon request to Woodalls Campground Magazineone free subscription per campground. Others may purchase subscriptions at these rates: $24.95 per year U.S. or $35.95 per year in Canada.Email: rvbusiness@rvbusiness.comWoodalls Campground Magazine is published monthly by G&G Media Group LLC at the above address. 2 December 2022Woodalls Campground Magazine'