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MC Fireside Chats: Mike Harrison to Guest-Host Upcoming Episode

Join us on May 8, 2024, at 2 PM ET for an exciting episode of MC Fireside Chats with guest host Mike Harrison. Don’t miss out as industry leaders such as Ruben Martinez of American Glamping Association, Zach Stoltenberg from Clockwork, Chris Jeub of Monument Glamping, Angele Miller from Creekside RNR, Todd Wynne-Parry of Horwath HTL, Alessandro van de Loo of Vacanze col Coure and Miguel Huerta, the CEO of Nantli Travel. Tune in as they delve into their unique perspectives and share valuable insights into the Glamping Industry. 

Also joining the panel are special guests Valerie Pifer and Karey McDowell, owners of Progress Park, Matt Bragstad, founder of Your Glamping Adventure and Peter Rodriguez, president of ekō Solutions LLC. Valerie and Karey will share the glamping options they offer at Progress Park, Matt will enlighten us on how they provide a unique glamping experience to their visitors, while Peter will share with us their innovative recreational line of tiny homes, campsite and Park Models.

Next week’s episode of MC Fireside Chats is sponsored by Horizon Outdoor Hospitality, a company known for its comprehensive third-party management and consulting solutions for RV resorts, RV parks, campgrounds, glamping sites, and outdoor destinations. They offer a tailored approach to each property, ensuring innovative and effective solutions to find efficiencies and increase revenue, regardless of the size, location, or market of the business.

May 1st Episode Recap

In the recent episode of MC Fireside Chats, guest host Cara Csizmadia, who is also the president of the Canadian Camping and RVs Association and a former co-host of the show, returns to lead a dynamic discussion. The episode, recorded on May 1, 2024, coincides with the opening day for many campgrounds, adding a festive note to the discussion despite some areas facing challenging weather conditions.

Cara opens the episode with a warm welcome and shares her enthusiasm for returning to the show. She introduces the recurring guests: Jeff Hoffman, Scott Bahr, Christine Taylor, and Sandy Ellingson, each an expert in their respective fields within the outdoor hospitality industry. 

Scott Bahr of Camp Consulting Group, who has over two decades of experience in market research within the industry, discusses the recent trends he has observed. He notes that last year’s disruptions, particularly adverse weather, significantly impacted campground bookings. Scott anticipates a growing trend toward more spontaneous travel among campers, driven by a shift in consumer behavior that favors flexibility and short-notice travel plans.

Jeff Hoffman from Camp Strategy talks about the operational and financial aspects of running campgrounds. He highlights a shift back to pre-COVID booking windows, which have narrowed significantly compared to the extended booking periods seen during the pandemic. Jeff reassures campground owners that despite a slower booking pace, the industry remains healthy, and there has been little resistance to recent price increases, suggesting that consumers have adjusted to the new pricing norms.

Christine Taylor, who brings a legal perspective from her extensive experience in the camping industry, discusses the crucial role of legal support in managing a campground. She stresses the importance of having robust legal advice to navigate the complex landscape of outdoor hospitality, touching on issues like business fraud and the essential nature of legal services in preventive practices.

Sandy Ellingson, enriches the discussion with her insights into dynamic pricing strategies. She explains the financial benefits of minor rate increases and the impact of adaptive cancellation policies on consumer booking behaviors. Sandy’s expertise highlights how slight adjustments in pricing and policies can significantly enhance revenue without alienating guests.

Throughout the episode, the conversation delves into innovative solutions being implemented by campgrounds to adapt to changing consumer expectations. This includes flexible cancellation policies and creative approaches to managing long-term stays to avoid legal and operational complications. The panelists discuss the balance between being open to guests and managing the business aspects efficiently to maintain profitability and guest satisfaction.

The episode wraps up with Cara thanking the guests for their insights and reflecting on the vibrant discussion that covered both the opportunities and challenges facing the outdoor hospitality industry today. The blend of expert opinions provides a comprehensive overview of the strategies that campground owners can employ to navigate the current market dynamics and legal landscape, ensuring the continued success of their businesses.

This rich conversation not only addresses the immediate concerns related to the opening day of the season but also broader trends that could influence the future of camping and outdoor hospitality.

About MC Fireside Chats

Hosted by Brian Searl, CEO of Insider Perks and Modern Campground, MC Fireside Chats airs live every Wednesday at 2 p.m. (ET). The show brings together industry experts to discuss the latest in camping, glamping, RVing, and more. For a recap of previous episodes, visit moderncampground.com/mc-fireside-chats.

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May 3, 2024 12:41 pm

Get ready for the upcoming MC Fireside Chats episode where we’ll be diving into all things glamping with industry leaders. It’s gonna be a blast discussing the latest trends and sustainability in the outdoor hospitality sector. Can’t wait to hear their insights – it’s gonna be awesome!

Erin Shade
Erin Shade
May 3, 2024 4:38 pm
Reply to  WadeSky

I’m excited too! It’ll be great to delve into new perspectives and sustainability practices. Can’t wait to expand our knowledge together during the upcoming discussion!

May 3, 2024 10:34 pm
Reply to  Erin Shade

Exploring new materials like sustainable bamboo and reclaimed wood can add depth to the conversation. Can’t wait to learn with you!

Christopher Green
Christopher Green
May 3, 2024 7:39 pm

Brace yourself for an exciting twist on MC Fireside Chats! Mike Harrison is stepping in as guest host, promising a captivating chat about the Glamping Industry with top-notch experts and special guests. It’s a must-watch!

May 3, 2024 10:56 pm

Guess what? The next MC Fireside Chats episode is going to be awesome with Mike Harrison as the guest host. He’s diving into all the cool camping trends and insights. It’s gonna be a blast – perfect for campground owners and camping fans like us. Don’t forget to tune in!

May 4, 2024 4:46 am
Reply to  NolanKeen

I heard about biodegradable camping gear and solar-powered gadgets that Mike might discuss. Exciting stuff! 🏕️ What sustainable camping tips have you tried lately?

May 4, 2024 12:23 am

Fellow campfire fans! Get ready for an awesome episode ahead on MC Fireside Chats with Mike Harrison as the guest host! It’s gonna be a blast of fresh ideas and tips for campground owners. Don’t forget your marshmallows – we’re in for some insights and surprises with Harrison leading the way!


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