RV, Outdoor Hospitality Industry News for the Week of June 21Jun 25, 2021
This is the time of the year when many in the RV park, campground and glamping segments have their noses on the grindstone as campers are hitting the road.
Usually, there is a dip in news during the summer months as the outdoor hospitality industry sits on an autopilot of sorts as park owners deal with campers.
However, COVID-19 seems to have skewed this to some degree. More park owners are reporting that they are working on expansions and other projects during the busy summer months, something that wasn’t done very much in the past.
The top news items for this past week are below.
OUTDOOR HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
Flush With Federal Cash, States are Investing in Parks
- State park leaders say their agencies are among the first to be targeted for budget cuts during tough economic times. Between 2008 and 2019, spending on state park operations fell from $3 billion to $2.5 billion nationwide, according to the Property and Environmental Research Center, a Montana-based free market environmental think tank.
Blue Water Unveils Plans for 300-Site Park in Conn.
- Blue Water Development, based in Maryland, is proposing a 300-site RV campground on the approximately 63-acre property.
‘Yurts Having a Moment’ Amid a Surge in Glamping
- Demand has risen with supply: According to a recent study, searches for rentals in this category has grown 94%, and interest in yurts has surged by about 1,700% — more than earthhouses, barns and tiny homes.
Jenkins Org. Names 2 RV Resort District Managers
- The Jenkins Organization Inc., a real estate investment firm and owner of eight Great Escapes RV Resorts throughout Colorado, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas has announced two new District Managers: Barry Graff and Mike Noble.
Park Expansions Will Be Harder in One Calif. County
- The California county that includes Silicon Valley has rezoned campgrounds and RV parks as “legal non-conforming” in a move that will make it harder for private parks to expand or make other improvements.
KOA: 53M Households Expected to Go Camping in ’21
- First-time camping households, who reached an all-time high in 2020, are also continuing to join the lifestyle in increasing numbers. KOA estimates that 4.8 million new households – up from 4.3 million projected in May – will camp in 2021.
N.Y. State Parks Launch Loyalty Program for Campers
- According to the Parks Department, the new program lets visitors earn points for every dollar spent on overnight accommodations.
OIA: Record Outdoor Participation, Challenges Loom
- In 2020, 53% of Americans ages six and over participated in outdoor recreation at least once, the highest participation rate on record. Remarkably, 7.1 million more Americans participated in outdoor recreation in 2020 than in the year prior.
AAA: 48M Americans Plan Independence Day Trip
- While all modes of travel will see increased demand this Independence Day, road trips continue to dominate this summer. Despite the highest gas prices in seven years, more than 91% of holiday travel will be by car.
RV Wholesale Shipments See Another Record-Breaking Month in May
- RV shipments ended the month with 49,241 units, becoming the best May wholesale shipment total on comparable record.
RV Industry Celebrates RVWA’s ‘Drab To Fab’ Reveal Event
- And while the reveal of the 2007 CrossRoads Zinger – completely refurbished over the last 10 months from tires to antenna, coupler to bumber – was the main attraction, the event was also a coming out party for both the RVWA, now having moved out of its start-up phase, as well as the industry in general, as the gathering was ostensibly the first in-person meet-up since March of last year.
RVIA Workshop Offers Tips on Leveraging ‘Actionable Data’
- Moderated by Go RVing Vice President of Brand Marketing Karen Redfern and RVIA Senior Director of Membership & Research Bill Baker, the workshop featured a panel of experts who could not only speak to the profile and survey, but to how those insights were applied to Go RVing’s ongoing marketing efforts.
More Than 200 Attend nuCamp’s ‘uCamp21 Teardrop Rally’
- nuCamp, a major manufacturer of campers and teardrop trailers, hosts the event each year. Company officials said they were thrilled to bring the event back after a hiatus during COVID when the event was held virtually.
Anticipation Building for August RV Aftermarket Conference
- During the event, suppliers and distributors meet in one-on-one “appointment sessions” to pitch new products while taking advantage of key networking opportunities.
NRVTA Announces Expansion of its Texas Training Facility
- NRVTA is adding 5,000 square feet to its four-year-old 15,000-square-foot Big Red School House, the primary training building on a 37-acre campus located an hour southeast of Dallas.
Winnebago Soars to Record $960.7 Million in Q3 Revenue