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MC Fireside Chats: Expert Panel Explores the Future of Outdoor Hospitality

As we kick off a new month, get ready for another exciting episode of MC Fireside Chats. Join us for another informative session featuring the latest insights from the Outdoor Hospitality Industry that you won’t want to miss on Wednesday, April 5, at 2 PM EST. 

Hosts Brian Searl and Cara Csizmadia will be joined by recurring guests Horizon Outdoor Hospitality CEO Scott Foos, Campspot Vice President for Business Development Casey Cochran, Campground Views Founder and CEO Mark Koep, RV industry advisor Sandy Ellingson, CRR Lifestyle Chief Operating Officer, Mike Harrison and Christine Taylor of Towne Law Firm

Get ready for an insightful discussion on the ever-evolving outdoor hospitality and recreation industry. Our expert panel, representing diverse backgrounds and expertise, will bring their unique perspectives and years of experience to the table.

Together, we’ll dive into the most pressing issues facing this dynamic industry, exploring emerging trends and sharing the latest news and insights that campground owners and operators need to know. From sustainability to technology, customer experience to industry innovation, we’ll cover it all!

Take advantage of this opportunity to join the conversation and gain valuable insights into the future of outdoor hospitality. Mark your calendars for Wednesday and get ready for a discussion that will inspire and inform.

MC Fireside Chats is also bringing back CampVantage, a new segment showcasing the latest AI technology that can aid in the growth of the outdoor hospitality and recreation industries.

Next week’s episode of MC Fireside Chats is sponsored by Fireside Accounting, an end-to-end accounting services provider that provides bookkeeping to campgrounds, RV parks, and RV resorts.

March 29 Episode Recap

The March 29 episode of MC Fireside Chats, hosted by Brian Searl, took a closer look at the outdoor recreation industry, such as the emerging trends in outdoor activities, innovations in the RV industry, and the growing popularity of glamping.

This week’s show featured a panel of entrepreneurs from the outdoor recreation industry, including Kay Rodriguez from Outerly, Chandler Cooper from SkillAbove, and Mike and Melissa Crowe from Mitten Getaways Glamping.

Kay Rodriguez, founder and CEO of Outerly, shared her company’s mission to help people connect with nature and each other, particularly in underutilized spaces within cities. 

“Seventy-five percent of people would go outside more frequently if they could easily find someone else to go with,” she said.

She said that Outerly addresses this need by offering a platform for users to find outdoor activities and connect with like-minded individuals.

Chandler, the founder of SkillAbove, discussed the various tools and consumer products his company has developed to improve the RV experience. Among their innovations is a device that overrides slide-out mechanisms when they get stuck, allowing RV owners to continue their journey. 

Chandler highlighted that some manufacturers have started switching to better slide-out mechanisms due to the increased problems related to them. He also revealed that RvTesters is developing a new slide mechanism to improve RV quality.

Mike and Melissa Crowe, founders of Mitten Getaway’s Glamping Company, shared their vision for a year-round glamping resort in Michigan. The resort will feature diverse accommodations and on-site activities, focusing on meeting specific property criteria such as having a water feature, being secluded, and offering space for on-site activities.

The discussion also touched on integrating technology in the outdoor recreation industry, such as artificial intelligence (AI) for diagnostics and maintenance in RVs. 

Chandler acknowledged the potential for this technology but emphasized that the RV industry would need to adopt a more unified approach to system communication and diagnostic access, similar to the automotive industry, for this to be feasible.

The conversation also explored the possibility of collaboration between the RV rental marketplace Outdoorsy and SkillAbove to offer a “rescue package” for users who rent RVs and may need assistance with maintenance or repairs. 

This partnership could provide additional support for those venturing into the great outdoors.

As people increasingly seek connections with nature and others in the wake of the pandemic, businesses like Outerly, SkillAbove RvTesters, and Mitten Getaways Glamping are poised to lead the way in transforming the outdoor recreation experience. 

With new technologies and innovative approaches, the future of outdoor adventure promises to be more accessible, enjoyable, and connected than ever before.

About MC Fireside Chats

MC Fireside Chats is a weekly show devoted to the outdoor hospitality industry. The show is hosted by Brian Searl, the founder and CEO of Insider Perks and Modern Campground, and Cara Csizmadia, member services coordinator at the Canadian Camping & RV Council (CCRVC).

Airing live every Wednesday at 2 p.m. (ET), MC Fireside Chats features guests from the camping and RV industry who share their take on the current state of the camping, glamping, and RVing sectors as well as upcoming innovations in RV parks, campgrounds, outdoor resorts, glamping, and the RV industry.

To listen to previous episodes of MC Fireside Chats, visit: https://moderncampground.com/mc-fireside-chats/

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April 13, 2024 9:08 pm

Did you know that there was a cool partnership between an outdoor hospitality company and a sustainability organization? It’s awesome! They’re teaming up to reduce environmental impact. Plus, they introduced this amazing app for booking outdoor stays, making your travel experience super smooth and personalized. I was blown away by this news!


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