b'EDITORS NOTES BY BEN QUIGGLESigh, Gas Prices are Moving Up AgainAs this issue of Woodalls Campground Magazine (WCM) prepared to go to print in early March, gas prices were again stealing headlinesmainly due to the Russia/Ukraine conflict that has broken out.No doubt you probably have seen prices at your local gas station move up in the past few weeks.The American Automobile Association (AAA) noted that the national average for a gallon of gas had risen to $3.61 as the calendar flipped to March. Fox Business reported at the beginning of March that some loca-tions in California were selling gas for over $5 a gallon.Unfortunately, AAA and other gas industry experts dont offer much optimism about relief coming anytime soon. In fact, most experts are saying that things could get worse.The national average could easily click past $4 a gallon by mid-March, said Tom Kloza, an energy analyst for the Oil Price Information Service, and noted that the U.S. national av-erage record of $4.11 a gallon, set in 2008, could be broken this spring.What does this mean for your park? Last summer, WCM wrote about how rising gas prices at the time may impact park owners, with the experts WCM spoke to noting that it doesimpact the ability for some to travel.Al Johnson, executive vice president of development and public affairs for Recreational Adventures Co., noted that the type of park an owner operates tends to impact how gas prices affect business. Transient parks generally rely on people traveling to a national park or other destination and if people stay closer to home, then parks closer to urban areas or destination parks may see higher demand versus those transient parks along the highway, he noted. Gary Quigley, the owner of the Yogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Harrisville, Pa., mentioned that his family was a little nervous when gasoline topped $4 a gallon in 2008. He was worried no one would travel to his park, but in fact it led to a surge in more local campers checking out the park for the first time.We found that a lot of the people who were staying with us were new to the park because they were more local and considered us too close for a vacation before, he mentioned. Not only that, but the people who were planning larger vacations to places like Myrtle Beach or Disney canceled those vacations and instead stayed longer with us. What can you do if you are a transient park operator who relies on travelers?The experts WCM spoke with noted that they have offered gas cards and other deals to draw in travelers when gas has hit historically high levels. So, while the outdoor hospitality industry is preparing for another red-hot summer it be-hooves park owners to keep an eye on gas prices and consider how it may impact business.Hopefully, the Russia/Ukraine conflict ends soon and gas prices here in the U.S. begin to stabilize. But as the adage goes, it is better to plan for the worst and hope for the best.WCMwww.woodallscm.com GG M E D I AVol. 53 No. 4 April 2022& GROUP LLCContact Information: EditorialSherman Goldenberg, PublisherRick Kessler, Managing Editor sgoldenberg@rvbusiness.comrkessler@rvbusiness.com Office: (574) 457-3370(734) 777-6830 Mobile: (574) 457-6637 Fax: (574) 457-8295Gary Gerard, Editorial Director ggerard@rvbusiness.com Ben Quiggle, Editor(574) 528-1275 bquiggle@rvbusiness.com Mobile: (574) 306-7781Jeff Crider, Senior Editor campinginfosource@gmail.com (760) 469-5905 Advertising:Ally Kollat, AccountWendy Thorne, Account Executive, National Ad SalesExecutive, National Ad Sales akollat@g-gmediagroup.comwthorne@g-gmediagroup.com Office: (574) 266-7980Office (574) 266-7980Art Direction:Trina Nissley, Art Director tnissley@rvbusiness.comAll 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 CampgroundMagazineone free subscription per campground. Others may purchasesubscriptions at these rates: $24.95 per year U.S. or $35.95 per year in Canada. Contact Woodalls Campground Magazine, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514. Email: rvbusiness@rvbusiness.comWoodalls Campground Magazine is published monthly by G&G Media Group LLC at the above address. 2 April 2022 Woodalls Campground Magazine'