RV, Outdoor Hospitality Industry News for the Week of May 31Jun 04, 2021
Wow! What a weekend! Memorial Day weekend lived up to the hype for many park owners as the summer season is officially kicked off. Both the outdoor hospitality and RV industries are expecting to have a record-breaking year, with many of the most popular campsites already booked up.
The old saying ‘the early bird gets the worm’ may ring true as last-minute campers are going to have a rough time finding the best campsites this summer.
Of course, this is all good news for RV manufacturers, RV dealers, park owners and developers.
It would seem now is the perfect time to invest in outdoor recreation.
The top news items of this past week are below.
OUTDOOR HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
KOA Posts Impressive Memorial Day Weekend Gains
- KOA’s advanced deposits are up 95% and 60.7% over 2020 and 2019 respectively. This growing demand has led KOA to add improved search functionality to KOA.com that allows guests to see availability when booking online.
Texas Parks Expect to Stay Busy Over Fourth of July
- Even though the Fourth of July is a month away, now is the time to make reservations for what will likely be one of the busiest camping weekends of the year.
‘Bighorn’ Forest Seeks Campground Concessionaire
- Wyoming’s Bighorn National Forest is seeking proposals for a concessionaire to provide high-quality public services in the operations and maintenance of 30 campgrounds, group camps and associated recreation sites at the forest.
ORR’s ‘Partners Outdoors’ Conference Highlights RVing and Camping
- During breakout sessions, industry members were able to hear updates from administration officials such as Reginald Chapple, of the National Parks Service, Kate Kelly, of the Department of the Interior, Jeff Vail, of the U.S. Forest Service and Nada Wolff Culver, of the Bureau of Land Management.
ORR Conference: USDA Secretary Urges Recreation Partnership
- Acknowledging the important part outdoor recreation plays in the U.S. economy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack praised industry representatives for their part in helping promote national parks and federal programs aimed at growing that segment even further.
RMS’ Industry Report Highlights Importance of Online Presence
- When searching for a camping or hotel accommodation the survey noted that consumers are influenced by online content (70.9%) and word of mouth (29.1%).
Column: Protecting Your Campers’ Information
- People who regularly handle customer data such as addresses, phone numbers and other personal information should be trained and educated on how you expect guest data to be handled and stored.
Labor Shortages Dampen Summer Travel Forecast
- The labor shortage is hitting the nation’s tourist destinations just as they try to rebound from a year lost to the pandemic, where periodic surges in cases and lockdowns had Americans sticking close to home. Now, with more than half of adults vaccinated, Americans are ready to venture out with the traditional start of summer travel.
Blue Water Development Hires 1st Chief Investment Officer
2021 RV Shipments Projected to Surpass 575,000 Units
- The latest projection shows total 2021 RV shipments ranging between 565,848 and 586,281 units with the most likely year-end total being 576,065 units.
RV Technical Institute Names New Director of Education
- The RV Technical Institute (RVTI) welcomes to the team Bill Stewart, the new director of education. Stewart joins RVTI with 32 years of automotive and RV experience.
Roadtrek Inc. Achieves Major Milestone in Retail Sold Units
- Roadtrek Inc., a Class B manufacturer based in Cambridge, Ontario, North America, has marked a big milestone, as the company has recorded 500 retail units sold.
Dometic Touts Sustainability, Sets Climate Target for 2030
- Dometic has developed a climate roadmap that expands impact monitoring and identifies reduction activities.
Today’s RV Buyer Earns More Than 87% of US Households
- According to a new survey commissioned by the RV Industry Association (RVIA), today’s buyers pay about $75,000 for a new RV, and almost nine out of 10 buyers purchase some kind of aftermarket part or accessory.
REV Recreation Group Intros Updated Web Dealer Portal
- The portal operates in real time, so dealer inventory is updated as orders are shipped. Dealer inventory transfers and owner registrations are also in real time.
Entries Sought for ’21 RV Aftermarket Product of the Year
- This annual award recognizes a single aftermarket product that truly exemplifies “the best of the best” in the RV aftermarket.
Wells Fargo Names Chad Lyon RV ‘Commercial Leader’