Texas campgrounds and RV parks overall are experiencing strong occupancies and revenues, according to a report by the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).
Some parks in Central Texas lost some of their summer business due to unusually hot weather and a persistent drought that lowered lake and river levels. However, other parks across the state experienced significant gains in both occupancy and revenue, according to bizjournals.com.
“The private park industry in Texas has fared quite well this year, despite the challenges posed by the recession and the drought,” says Brian Schaeffer, TACO executive director and CEO.
Still, 2009 was a mixed bag for individual owners.
Guy Anderson, general partner for the Guadalupe River RV Park Campground in Spring Branch, says his park was hit with reductions in park visitors and revenue this year because of the drought.
“When the river flows dwindle, summer visitors can’t tube, canoe or kayak, so they seek other places to do that,” he says.
However, Teri and Mark Blaschke, owners of the Hidden Valley RV Park in Von Ormy, experienced a 13% increase in visitors during the first eight months of this year compared to the same period last year.