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Vanspeed Unveils Affordable Luxury with New Summit Adventure Vans Under $200,000

Vanspeed has launched the Summit line, offering luxury adventure vans for under $200,000. This new line combines high-end features and rugged capability, making high-quality adventure travel more accessible to a broader audience.

Winnebago Industries Spotlight Survey: More People Seek Health Benefits of Outdoor Activity

A recent Winnebago Industries survey reveals that more Americans are turning to outdoor activities for health benefits, with 71% acknowledging their positive impact on physical and mental well-being. The survey highlights a growing trend in outdoor participation, which supports increased demand in the RV industry.

Pennsylvania Launches Great American Getaway to Boost Tourism

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro launches the “Pennsylvania: The Great American Getaway” tourism initiative with a weeklong RV tour to promote the state’s attractions and boost its tourism industry. The campaign aims to draw millions of visitors, benefiting local businesses and the outdoor recreation sector.

Patrick Industries Brought Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Mobile Exhibit to Elkhart

The Tunnel to Towers 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit is coming to Elkhart, Indiana, on May 21, 2024, courtesy of Patrick Industries. The exhibit aims to educate the public and honor the memory of September 11, 2001.

Becky Goodell: Leading Blacksford RV Rentals to New Heights

Under the leadership of CEO Becky Goodell, Blacksford RV Rentals has seen significant growth and expansion. Goodell’s journey from family RV trips to becoming a CEO reflects her passion for travel and strategic business approach.

Camp Strategy, Sage Outdoor Advisory Sign Partnership

Camp Strategy and Sage Outdoor Advisory announced a partnership aimed at enhancing the outdoor hospitality industry. This collaboration combines Camp Strategy’s comprehensive operational expertise with Sage Outdoor Advisory’s extensive research and consulting resources, positioning both companies to offer support to campground owners and entrepreneurs.

Anvil Campground at 70: A Legacy of Family, Innovation, and Excellence

Anvil Campground, a family-owned business in Williamsburg, Virginia, is celebrating 70 years of continuous innovation and dedication to excellence.

Lessons from the Campground: Ontario-Based Owner Shares Experiences Running Camping in Muskoka

Paul Cook, owner of Camping in Muskoka, shares insights on the history, challenges, and future plans of his family-oriented campground in Gravenhurst, Ontario.

Go RVing to Release Updated RV Consumer Demographic Profile with Custom Research Options

Go RVing and Ipsos will release a comprehensive updated RV Consumer Demographic Profile, offering RV companies custom research opportunities to enhance strategic decision-making.

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Germany’s Tourism Recovery Trails Behind European Neighbors

Germany’s travel and tourism industry is rebounding more slowly than its European neighbors, with domestic tourism propping up the sector while international travel spend remains below pre-pandemic levels.

Eco-Friendly Luxury Dome Glamping Project Breaks Ground Amidst UAQ’s Mangroves

Luxe Glamp, an eco-friendly luxury dome glamping project, has begun construction in the Umm Al Quwain Mangrove Reserve, UAE, promising a sustainable and immersive stay experience. The project, attended by Sheikh Majid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, aims to blend luxury with environmental conservation, highlighting the UAE’s diverse tourism offerings.

BC Parks Celebrates National AccessAbility Week with Upgrades

BC Parks marked National AccessAbility Week by announcing a series of new accessibility upgrades across several provincial parks, emphasizing their commitment to inclusivity and safety. These enhancements aim to ensure that visitors of all abilities can fully enjoy the natural beauty and recreational opportunities offered by BC Parks.

Newbook Unveils Enterprise Central Reservation System to Streamline Booking Process

Newbook launched a new central reservation system that enables multi-property operators to streamline their booking processes, reduce call times, and increase revenue through enhanced upsell opportunities.

Vanspeed Unveils Affordable Luxury with New Summit Adventure Vans Under $200,000

Vanspeed has launched the Summit line, offering luxury adventure vans for under $200,000. This new line combines high-end features and rugged capability, making high-quality adventure travel more accessible to a broader audience.

Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort in Palmetto Earns Best Park Award

Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort in Palmetto has been honored with the Best Park Award from the Florida RV Park and Campground Association. The resort showcases a waterfront pool, fitness center, and a 375-foot fishing pier.

Ghost Bookings Plague Western Australia Campsites, Disrupting Travel Plans

Western Australia is grappling with a significant issue affecting its campsites: ghost bookings. This phenomenon involves individuals reserving campsites months in advance but failing to show up, leaving booked sites empty and unavailable for others.

Drummohr Camping and Glamping Site Wins Scotland’s Best by Pitchup Awards

Drummohr Camping and Glamping Site in East Lothian has been named Scotland’s best by Pitchup.com, the UK’s premier outdoor accommodation booking platform. Drummohr showcases a variety of high-quality lodging options, including self-catering lodges with private hot tubs, glamping pods, and other campsites.

New Croyde Camper Van Sets a New Standard in Coastal-Inspired, Off-Grid Travel

The Croyde camper van by Twin Coast Campers offers a perfect blend of stylish design and practical off-grid capabilities, set in a coastal-themed, medium-sized van. This innovative conversion addresses the rising demand for versatile, adventure-ready vehicles, emphasizing aesthetic appeal and sustainability in mobile living.

Yogi Bear’s Thumbcoast Jellystone Park Gears Up for Summer with New Water Attractions

Yogi Bear’s Thumbcoast Jellystone Park in Michigan is set to thrill families this summer with the introduction of a new multilevel splashpad and a pair of two-story water slides. The campground, located near Port Sanilac, has also added luxury cabins and numerous activities, aiming to enhance the overall guest experience.

National Powersports Auctions Strengthens RV and Marine Division with Key Appointments

National Powersports Auctions (NPA) has expanded its RV and Marine team by appointing Shannon Bennett as the RV+Marine sales and admin coordinator and promoting Tom Wilkinson to production supervisor for RV+Marine and Specialty Product. This strategic move aims to enhance service efficiency and support the growing demand in the RV and Marine industries.

Temporary Road Closures Announced for 2024 Let’s Go Queensland Caravan and Camping Supershow

Temporary road closures and changed parking conditions are set for the 2024 Let’s Go Queensland Caravan and Camping Supershow from May 30 to June 11. The event will feature the latest models of caravans, motorhomes, and camping equipment, hosted by over 200 exhibitors.

Starvan’s Rebel 4×4 Redefines RV Living with Expandable and Customizable Features

In a world where most things are straightforward, the Starvan Rebel 4×4 defies expectations by transforming into a surprisingly versatile mobile home.

Plan for Private Tourist Cabins in Famous Aussie National Park Sparks Controversy

A proposal to build private cabins along a secluded hiking track in the Blue Mountains has ignited debate, with critics arguing that the initiative prioritizes commercialization over conservation.

Fort Robinson State Park Opens Mare Barn Campground After $1.2 Million Expansion

Fort Robinson State Park in northwestern Nebraska has unveiled a $1.2 million expansion of its Mare Barn Campground, significantly enhancing its facilities for equestrian visitors. The new development, which includes 24 additional campsites and 30 open-air horse pens, officially opened on May 24.

Blue Mountain Resort Glamping Kicks Off Green Season

Blue Mountain Resort kicked off its green season with a diverse array of outdoor activities, including mountain biking, fishing, traditional camping, and glamping. The glamping sites were especially popular, selling out completely on the opening.

Jellystone Park Pelahatchie Secures Spot in USA Today’s Best RV Campgrounds for Third Consecutive Year

Jellystone Park Pelahatchie has been named one of USA Today’s Top Ten Best RV Campgrounds for the third consecutive year. The park features spacious RV sites, comfortable cabin rentals, an on-site water park, mini-golf, and organized activities.

Record Visitor Numbers Expected at Banff National Park This Summer

Banff National Park is on track to break visitor records this year, according to Parks Canada officials. The park welcomed 4.288 million visitors during the 2023-2024 season, surpassing the previous high of 4.181 million set in 2017-2018. Despite park officials’ efforts to manage the increasing human impact, conservationists express concern about issues of habitat degradation and fragmentation.

Kunes Auto & RV Group Announces Key Investments in Technician Training, Employee Safety

Kunes Auto & RV Group has announced significant investments to enhance its automotive service capabilities and employee safety. Partnering with Wisconsin Ford dealers, Kunes contributed $1 million to the WATDA Foundation for technician training and introduced AED defibrillators at all stores.

Winnebago Industries Spotlight Survey: More People Seek Health Benefits of Outdoor Activity

A recent Winnebago Industries survey reveals that more Americans are turning to outdoor activities for health benefits, with 71% acknowledging their positive impact on physical and mental well-being. The survey highlights a growing trend in outdoor participation, which supports increased demand in the RV industry.

OHI Seeks Nominations for Board Members

The OHI Leadership and Elections Workgroup has announced the opening of nominations for the 2024 Board of Directors. Interested candidates and nominators must submit their forms by June 15.

Pennsylvania Launches Great American Getaway to Boost Tourism

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro launches the “Pennsylvania: The Great American Getaway” tourism initiative with a weeklong RV tour to promote the state’s attractions and boost its tourism industry. The campaign aims to draw millions of visitors, benefiting local businesses and the outdoor recreation sector.

BC Parks Campsite Bookings in the Okanagan Down From Last Year, Some Trails Remain Closed

Campsite reservations in BC Parks’ Okanagan region have decreased this year, with 1,400 reservations for the May long weekend compared to 1,600 last year. Despite this, most parks are fully booked, and several trails remain closed due to wildfire impacts and seasonal conditions.

Rolley Lake Park Campsite Undergoes Upgrades to Enhance Visitor Experience

Rolley Lake Park in British Columbia has completed an expansion project, adding 17 new walk-in tent pads. The project also included upgrades to existing facilities, such as converting the park’s shelter into a communal cooking area, increasing visitor parking, and installing a new pit toilet.

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Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort in Palmetto Earns Best Park Award

Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort in Palmetto has been honored with the Best Park Award from the Florida RV Park and Campground Association. The resort showcases a waterfront pool, fitness center, and a 375-foot fishing pier.

Ghost Bookings Plague Western Australia Campsites, Disrupting Travel Plans

Western Australia is grappling with a significant issue affecting its campsites: ghost bookings. This phenomenon involves individuals reserving campsites months in advance but failing to show up, leaving booked sites empty and unavailable for others.

Yogi Bear’s Thumbcoast Jellystone Park Gears Up for Summer with New Water Attractions

Yogi Bear’s Thumbcoast Jellystone Park in Michigan is set to thrill families this summer with the introduction of a new multilevel splashpad and a pair of two-story water slides. The campground, located near Port Sanilac, has also added luxury cabins and numerous activities, aiming to enhance the overall guest experience.

Jellystone Park Pelahatchie Secures Spot in USA Today’s Best RV Campgrounds for Third Consecutive Year

Jellystone Park Pelahatchie has been named one of USA Today’s Top Ten Best RV Campgrounds for the third consecutive year. The park features spacious RV sites, comfortable cabin rentals, an on-site water park, mini-golf, and organized activities.

Proposed RV Park on Plum Springs Road Draws Local Concerns

Residents of Plum Springs Road in Kentucky voiced their concerns regarding a proposed RV park and campground. The development includes a 33-RV site, five cabins, an event space, and walking trails on a 15-acre lot across from Beech Bend Amusement Park.

Great Escapes RV Resorts Branson Reopening: New Attractions, Luxury Glamping Await

Great Escapes RV Resorts Branson announced a grand reopening this Memorial Day weekend. The resort, formerly Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, has undergone a multi-year expansion and makeover, transforming into a luxury RV and glamping destination featuring new attractions and amenities designed for family enjoyment.

Northam Farm Holiday Park Achieves Top Food Hygiene Rating, Enhancing Guest Experience

Northam Farm Holiday Park in Brean has earned a five-star food hygiene rating, reflecting its commitment to high standards and offering a range of amenities and activities for guests.

Anvil Campground at 70: A Legacy of Family, Innovation, and Excellence

Anvil Campground, a family-owned business in Williamsburg, Virginia, is celebrating 70 years of continuous innovation and dedication to excellence.

Rainbow Valley Campground Introduces Dome Comfort Campsites to Edmonton

Edmonton’s Rainbow Valley Campground has launched a new glamping initiative to attract visitors seeking a more comfortable camping experience. The campground unveiled three new dome sites on May 12, featuring amenities like air conditioning, heating, and refrigerators, offering a luxurious alternative to traditional camping.

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Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort in Palmetto Earns Best Park Award

Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort in Palmetto has been honored with the Best Park Award from the Florida RV Park and Campground Association. The resort showcases a waterfront pool, fitness center, and a 375-foot fishing pier.

Yogi Bear’s Thumbcoast Jellystone Park Gears Up for Summer with New Water Attractions

Yogi Bear’s Thumbcoast Jellystone Park in Michigan is set to thrill families this summer with the introduction of a new multilevel splashpad and a pair of two-story water slides. The campground, located near Port Sanilac, has also added luxury cabins and numerous activities, aiming to enhance the overall guest experience.

Jellystone Park Pelahatchie Secures Spot in USA Today’s Best RV Campgrounds for Third Consecutive Year

Jellystone Park Pelahatchie has been named one of USA Today’s Top Ten Best RV Campgrounds for the third consecutive year. The park features spacious RV sites, comfortable cabin rentals, an on-site water park, mini-golf, and organized activities.

Proposed RV Park on Plum Springs Road Draws Local Concerns

Residents of Plum Springs Road in Kentucky voiced their concerns regarding a proposed RV park and campground. The development includes a 33-RV site, five cabins, an event space, and walking trails on a 15-acre lot across from Beech Bend Amusement Park.

Washington Commission Rejects Gravel Roads for Proposed RV Park, Citing Code Compliance

The Washington Planning & Zoning Commission in Missouri rejected a proposal for gravel roads in a new RV park, emphasizing adherence to city codes that require paved surfaces. The commission voiced concerns about deviating from established local codes.

Great Escapes RV Resorts Branson Reopening: New Attractions, Luxury Glamping Await

Great Escapes RV Resorts Branson announced a grand reopening this Memorial Day weekend. The resort, formerly Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, has undergone a multi-year expansion and makeover, transforming into a luxury RV and glamping destination featuring new attractions and amenities designed for family enjoyment.

The Lakes RV & Cabin Resort Opens in Maysville

The Lakes RV & Cabin Resort, a new RV park in eastern North Carolina, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting event on May 18. Located at 100 Lakes Boulevard in Maysville, the resort spans 170 acres and is set to become an attraction, offering swimming pool, a bathhouse, and a poolside pavilion.

358-Site Georgetown Campground Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Homestead Campground in Georgetown, Delaware, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Established in 1974, the campground continues to attract visitors with its diverse camping options and amenities, including a family pool, an adults-only pool, and a large splash pad.

Al’s Hideaway Wins TACO’s Accommodations of the Year Award

Al’s Hideaway in Pipe Creek, Texas, has been honored with the Accommodations of the Year Award by the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO). The park features a variety of amenities and outdoor games.

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BC Parks Celebrates National AccessAbility Week with Upgrades

BC Parks marked National AccessAbility Week by announcing a series of new accessibility upgrades across several provincial parks, emphasizing their commitment to inclusivity and safety. These enhancements aim to ensure that visitors of all abilities can fully enjoy the natural beauty and recreational opportunities offered by BC Parks.

Ghost Bookings Plague Western Australia Campsites, Disrupting Travel Plans

Western Australia is grappling with a significant issue affecting its campsites: ghost bookings. This phenomenon involves individuals reserving campsites months in advance but failing to show up, leaving booked sites empty and unavailable for others.

Winnebago Industries Spotlight Survey: More People Seek Health Benefits of Outdoor Activity

A recent Winnebago Industries survey reveals that more Americans are turning to outdoor activities for health benefits, with 71% acknowledging their positive impact on physical and mental well-being. The survey highlights a growing trend in outdoor participation, which supports increased demand in the RV industry.

BC Parks Campsite Bookings in the Okanagan Down From Last Year, Some Trails Remain Closed

Campsite reservations in BC Parks’ Okanagan region have decreased this year, with 1,400 reservations for the May long weekend compared to 1,600 last year. Despite this, most parks are fully booked, and several trails remain closed due to wildfire impacts and seasonal conditions.

Rolley Lake Park Campsite Undergoes Upgrades to Enhance Visitor Experience

Rolley Lake Park in British Columbia has completed an expansion project, adding 17 new walk-in tent pads. The project also included upgrades to existing facilities, such as converting the park’s shelter into a communal cooking area, increasing visitor parking, and installing a new pit toilet.

Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground Welcomes Visitors After $1.5 Million in Upgrades

The Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground in Massachusetts underwent $1.5 million upgrade for the 2024 camping season. The extensive renovations included road improvements, updated facilities, and enhanced accessibility features, promising an improved experience for all visitors.

RVshare Survey Reveals Americans’ Growing Desire for Outdoor Travel and Its Mental Health Benefits

A recent RVshare survey shows that over half of Americans crave more outdoor time, highlighting trends in RV travel and its mental health benefits as summer approaches.

Gerber Campground to Reopen for Memorial Day Weekend

The Bureau of Land Management’s Klamath Falls Field Office announced the reopening of Gerber Campground in Oregon for Memorial Day weekend. The campground offers amenities such as developed and primitive campsites, drinking water, vault restrooms, a dump station, camp hosts, and two boat ramps for fishing enthusiasts.

MC Fireside Chats: Conesus Lake Campground, Virginia State Parks, and Nomadic Resorts to Join the Next Multisector Episode

Join us on May 29th, 2024, at 2 PM EST for a captivating multi-sector episode with industry leaders in camping, state parks, and eco-tourism. Be sure to tune in for exclusive insights and expert discussions—don’t miss out!

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