This week we chat with Ben Quiggle, Editor at Woodall's Campground Magazine, about the growth of camping amenities and connecting the RV dealer/camping industry to benefit all travelers. Bob also chats with Win Semmler, author of "From Retired to Small Business Owner".
Don't just create a list of repairs and improvements in your head for your park. Create a list to look at the priorities, the first thing you want to do is look at the return on investment that each of those items would create.
John chats with Ben Quiggle, from Woodall's Camping Magazine, about how campground management is adjusting to the shifting culture. Bob also speaks with Chuck Woodbury, of RVtravel.com, about campground difficulties and changes that need to be made.
Monika Geraci, senior manager of marketing strategy and operations at the RV Industry Association (RVIA); Shane Devenish, executive director of the Canadian Camping and RV Council; and Dick Grymonprez, the PMRV representative on RVIA’s board and director of park model sales for Skyline Champion, joined us for this look at the RV/PMRV industries.
Go where the people are. It's one of the easiest ways to increase visibility for your business and why millions of hotels embrace platforms like Expedia despite the high fees. But does this strategy work for campgrounds?
There are a number of state and national associations that are working to ensure the voices of the outdoor hospitality industry are heard whenever changes are proposed to rules, laws, and regulations that may impact business owners. Join us as we highlight the work that the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) and the Canadian Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (CORR) do at the federal level to ensure the outdoor hospitality industries in both countries play a key role in legislation that may impact the businesses they represent.
Over the last few years many countries, states, and provinces have been moving to legalize marijuana. This has created a demand for tourism specific to the niche as well as a new for park owners to adapt as consumption becomes more visible. Join us for an in-depth discussion on this changing landscape.
Guest Matthew Galbraith joined us for part of the show to talk about RMS’ virtual Innovative Hospitality Summit (IHS) that takes place March 16-17, and then he also stuck around to dive into news and hot topics from around the outdoor hospitality industry.
Few things can top the beauty of National Parks in both the United States and Canada. Join us as we discuss how they help bring more guests to private parks, how they are expanding their own camping options, and much more!
Continuing our series on agritourism, this week we took a look at integrating farms with the camping experience. One of our guests operates a campground on a farm, while another operates a nationwide network of farms for RVers, and more!
It's time to get ready for another camping season and that means hiring the best people you can find. But how do you find them and convince them to work at your campground? WCM Fireside Chats spoke with experts in this area that can help you succeed.
Watch the first part in a series of WCM Fireside Chats discussing agritourism and the outdoor hospitality industry. On this show, we spoke about how park owners can incorporate a wine experience into their business.
Mark Koep, founder and CEO of Outdoor Business Pros, spoke with WCM about his new venture Outdoor Business Pros and what it offers to RV park and campground owners, developers and those looking to enter the outdoor hospitality industry. We also discussed the upcoming "Buy, Build or Sell Conference."
Christine Taylor, from The Towne Law Firm, P.C., Stacey Huck, from Kampgrounds of America, Inc., and David Berg, a park owner in Maine, joined WCM Fireside Chats to sort through the best practices for managing seasonal campers. From enforcing rules, setting up proper agreements, and so on.
WCM Fireside Chats welcomed Shane Devenish, executive director of the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) and Joss Penny, executive director of the British Columbia Lodging and Campgrounds Association, along with a number of other Canadian park owners to talk all things Canadian as we looked at the burgeoning RV park and campground sectors.
WCM Fireside Chats took a look at winter camping during its weekly show on Monday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. (EST) Our guests this week included Johan Feddema, owner of Riverview Campground in Alberta; Brandon Manzardo, guest services manager of Surf Grove Beachside Campground in British Columbia and Walter Freeman, owner of the Benton Kampgrounds of America Journey.
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable - in partnership with member organizations from across the outdoor recreation industry - held a briefing October 21 to educate Congress, agency officials and industry partners on the ways COVID-19 has changed how Americans recreate outside, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Joe Moore, the supplier council representative on the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds’ (ARVC) Board of Directors, a frequent speaker at conferences and founder and owner of Moore’s Campground Consulting; and Duncan Winship, co-owner of Papoose Pond Family Campground & Cabins, joined us on Monday, Oct. 12.
The 2020 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE) will run from Nov. 2-5, 2020. Get the same education, networking and excitement as past conferences, while enjoying the most accessible OHCE ever. Learn more at www.arvc.org/ohce.
Ranging from large inflatable slides (that can be a real profit center for owners) to the Spin-T, which allows campers to paint custom designs on t-shirts, we spoke with a variety of vendors about the products they offer to park owners.
We spoke about fall activity planning amid the COVID crisis with Marley Behnke, director of franchisee education at Leisure Systems Inc., which franchises more than 75 Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort location in North America, and co-owner of the Jellystone Park in Caledonia, Wisc., for the past 16 years; and David Lovell, regional marketing manager for Sun Communities Inc. and Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.
WCM chats with David Basler, vice president of membership and marketing at the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), about ARVC's Hosted Buyers program at this year's virtual Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE).
We talked about the impact that virtual learning could have on campgrounds and RV parks as most schools look at starting the year off with virtual learning. Joining us was Greg Emmert, whose family owns the Homerville KOA in Homerville, Ohio, Kimberly Wootteon, co-founder of Right Coast Creatives, a marketing firm that works with RV parks and campgrounds, and Brittany Holifield, a full-time roadschooler.
Joining us on this week's WCM Fireside Chat was Valerie Boone-Austin, owner of Hyclass Ocean Campground; Amir Harpaz, a Florida Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds board member and owner of multiple parks, including Cypress Trail RV Resort; and Mandi Cote, general manager of Old Orchard Beach Campground.
Campground Accounting talks a moment about family transitions. If you were in a situation where you hope to have family members take over your campground, at some point in the future, you to make sure you've got some good planning in place.
We spoke with Don Bennett, Jr., CEO and president of the Campground Owners of New York, about New York's 14-day quarantine, how the association is faring amid the current crisis, and about some of the struggles facing campground owners.
Rose Duemig, who has over 15 years in the convention and hospitality industry working with conferences for both association and corporate sectors, joined us on June 29 to talk about the difficulties of hosting an in-person conference amid the pandemic.
From Natural Disasters to COVID to bears and more, every stone was turned over during our discussion with Chris Hipple, from Leavitt Recreation and Hospitality Insurance, and Candice Morrish, from Merit Financial Group Insurance.
We had Darren Ing, director or the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds, and Mark Lemoine, the owner of the Coloma-St. Joseph Kampgrounds of America (KOA), on the show to talk about Michigan reopening to recreational campers and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on campground owners in the state.
Dyana Kelley, CEO and president of the CampCalNOW RV Park and Campground Alliance, spoke about the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on campground owners in California, about Camp-California's new website and more.
Emily Peck, the executive director of the Virginia Campground Association; Heather Blankenship, chair of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds' Young Professionals Group; and Donald Miller, general manager of Cozy Creek Family Campground in Pennsylvania, joined WCM Fireside Chats.
Jeff Sims, senior director of state relations and program advocacy for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds; Dee Witting, executive director of the Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds; and Michael Elliott, from Camp and Park Accounting joined us this week!
Brian Searl, founder of Insider Perks, talks about how owners should respond to people who say they are being socially irresponsible by keeping their RV parks open as the virus spreads across the country.
The Camp & Park Accounting team hosted this live webinar to bring you up-to-date on the latest news as it relates to the economic impact this epidemic is having on the industry. It provides updates and suggestions on a wide range of topics including Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, tax extensions, cash flow planning, and revenue management.
Mark Koep, CEO of CampgroundViews.com, interviews Mary Arlington, executive director of the Colorado, Kansas and South Dakota campground associations, about the state of affairs in those associations given the outbreak of the coronavirus.
A replay of ARVC's webinar on emergency planning by Patrick Hardy, CEO of Hytropy, and on marketing during a crisis by Brian Searl, CEO of Insider Perks. During the second half of the webinar, Mark Koep, CEO of CampgroundViews.com, also a marketing expert, joined the panel for a Q&A segment.
Hytropy's CEO Patrick Hardy focused on a number of different coronavirus-related topics, including having emergency response plans in place, along with crisis communication plans, changes in park operations...etc.
Originally created for a park owners Facebook Group, this video by Mark Koep brings park owners and operators up to speed on the state of the industry as of 03/16 in relation to the coronavirus and its economic impact.
Brian Searl, founder of Insider Perks, spoke with Shane Devenish, executive director of the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association, during The Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show and Sale about trends in the Canadian camping and RVing markets.
Insider Perks has launched Strategic Marketing Workshops for RV parks, campgrounds, and outdoor hospitality businesses. Learn more about what you can expect from Brian Searl, founder of Insider Perks, as he explains part of what the company will do in this video.
CampgroundViews.com founder Mark Koep interviews Dan and Erin Thiem, owners of Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, Calif. The interview takes you on the journey from idea, through concept, to development, opening and then running a successful campground, RV park and glamping resort in California.
Kathy Dyer, the executive director of the Maine Campground Owners Association, discusses how park owners can benefit from being a part of the association, as well as the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
Irene Jones, from Marshall & Sterling Insurance, discusses the complex and often misunderstood requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and what campground and RV park owners need to know, and do, to keep their facilities ADA compliant.
Make sure you are using your time wisely. Review the tasks that you do to make sure you are able to delegate jobs that you shouldn't be doing and make sure that the high-level tasks that affect the value of your business get the time they deserve.
Tommy Woog, president of Pequot Lakes, Minn.-based Water Wars, a 30-year old company that sells equipment for Water Wars, a popular water balloon war game, was one of just over 100 vendors who attended Leisure Systems Inc.'s trade show.
Sean Morris of Morris Costumes spoke with WOODALLSCM.com about some of his company's animatronic Halloween characters, which he presented for the first time at LSI's 2019 Trade Show in North Charleston, S.C.
OHCE officially kicked off Monday (Nov. 4) evening with the Welcome Reception sponsored by NewBook, Takeaway Tours and NFPA 1194 Certification. Paula Horwitz, ARVC's education and events director, dishes on some of the highlights of the evening.
Brian Searl, from Insider Perks, talks with Heather Gere, from campersAPP, about the new Alexa Skill Capability the company unveiled at CONY's Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry & Trade Show.
Brian Searl speaks with Suzanne Bixby, CONY's vice president of marketing & public relations, on what attendees can look forward to at CONY's Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry & Trade Show.
RVBusiness talks with Bob Martin, president of Thor Industries Inc., on the state of the RV industry and the company's outlook for 2019, including its then-pending acquisition of Erwin Hymer Group in Europe.
Product Manager John Jones conducts a tour of the 3200DB by Cruiser RV, a subsidiary of Heartland Recreational Vehicles. This innovative design packs two full bathrooms and an outdoor kitchen into a half-ton towable camper.
Go RVing Canada showcases seasonal camping, which helps "time-strapped friends and families get away more often. When you own a park model or RV and rent a site at a nearby campground for a full season, it's easy to leave the RV hooked up, stocked up, and ready."
Popular YouTube full-time RV celebrities Joe and Kait Russo pay a visit to the 2018 Overland Expo East, which was Nov. 9-11 at Reeb Ranch near Asheville, N.C., where they toured quite a few 4x4 recreational vehicles.