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Campground Owners of New York (CONY) is mobilizing smart phone technology to help you “Get Outdoors and Go Camping New York!”

Working with Syracuse-based Rounded Development, a leading agency for strategy, branding, mobile, and web, CONY has developed an application for use on smart phones and other like devices. The application – or “app” – provides screen-friendly information about New York campgrounds and RV parks, including distance markers and route mapping, and links to websites, emails, reservation pages, and phone numbers. The app launches today, February 28, 2012.

The app is free, and available at Apple’s App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and from Android’s Market for Android devices and tablets. Find the app by typing in “NY Campground & RV Park Guide” or use keyword searches for CONY, New York campgrounds, NY campgrounds, New York camping, camping New York, camping, or RV parks.

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Mike Papp owner of West Canada Creek Campsites in Poland, NY,  is very excited about the new CONY app. “Our campers use their smart phones for everything, many as a GPS to get to our park. Because our address does not come up in the standard GPS units, people will be able to find us easily by clicking on the link for directions in the app.”

Papp praises CONY’s efforts to stay competitive in the outdoor hospitality industry. “Statistics tell us that more and more people are using their smart phones to access the internet for research, directions, social networking and other reasons. CONY’s board of directors is constantly developing new ways to provide value to our member parks and the camping public, and this app provides a lot of value at no cost to CONY parks and app users. There sure aren’t many other state or national associations offering a similar app on the market yet!”

According to MobiThinking (TM), in its compilation of statistics on mobile phone usage (issued Nov 2011), consumer mobile behavior indicates the most popular mobile destinations are news and information, weather reports, social networking, search and maps. Mobile searches have quadrupled in the last year. And, the number of people accessing the mobile Internet is growing fast and is expected to overtake the PC as the most popular way to get on the Web within five years. (mobithinking.com)

The New York camping app features capabilities to:

  • Search for nearby campgrounds
  • Search for campgrounds by geographical region
  • Search for campgrounds by amenities
  • See a map of campgrounds by region
  • Get turn by turn directions
  • Make a reservation online or by phone
  • Save campgrounds to a favorites list
  • See detailed pictures, amenities and contact info for each park
  • Share your experience with friends on Facebook, Twitter, or via email
  • Access coupons and specials, so you can show your phone and save

Campground Owners of New York, founded in 1963, is an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York State. More information about the association and its campgrounds – including a free camping directory – is available at www.nycampgrounds.com.

New York campgrounds support National Great Outdoors Month by offering 20 percent discounts through June 25.

New York campgrounds are also offering “buy two get one night free” special through Oct. 10 as well as a geocaching competition on June 11.

Campgrounds affiliated with Campground Owners of New York are doing their part to support Great Outdoors Month by offering fun family activities as well as significant camping discounts during the month of June.

“Camping is not only the most affordable vacation option, but it supports a healthy lifestyle, particularly when you consider the great variety of outdoor activities that are available at campgrounds across our state,” said Don Bennett, president and CEO of Campground Owners of New York.

New York campgrounds will be participating in GoCampingAmerica.com’s Great Outdoors Month promotion, which involves 20 percent discounts on camping between June 1 and 25 at participating parks.

GoCampingAmerica.com will also provide e-coupons that consumers can use to obtain discounts at Camping World stores and RV rentals booked through El Monte RV, which has agreed to provide 500 free miles plus 50 free miles a day to GoCampingAmerica visitors who rent an RV for at least one week during the June 1 to 25 period. The e-coupons are posted on GoCampingAmerica.com.

Twenty-five New York campgrounds are also offering a “buy two, get one night free” promotion through Oct. 10. Visit www.ilovenycamping.com for more information.

Additionally, 16 New York campgrounds are offering a geocaching competition on June 11, in which campers will have the opportunity to search for a hidden coin, which they can redeem for a special prize. More information on geocaching is available at www.gogeocachingny.com.

For more information on New York campgrounds visit www.nycampgrounds.com.

Even if you have to tighten your wallet this year, you can still plan an RV vacation without breaking the bank with the “Camp Two Nights, Get a Third Night Free” promotion at participating campgrounds and RV parks in New York State. This special discount runs from May 1st to October 11 (Columbus Day), 2010.

Campground Owners of New York (CONY), an association of privately owned campgrounds and RV Parks, is offering a free night of camping with two paid nights at several affiliate parks. A listing of participating locations, as well as booking details and inclusions/restrictions are available at www.ilovenycamping.com.

“Now more than ever, as the recreation vehicle industry celebrates its 100th anniversary, it is a great time to experience an affordable way to travel, “notes Donald G. Bennett, Jr., President and CEO of CONY. “And with this offer, campers enjoying their extra free night may have more time and budget to visit local attractions, shops and eateries, and have an even better vacation.”

Rosemary Curtis of Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort in Bath, NY, is pleased with this value-added incentive to get people camping and RVing. “We believe we have a wonderful place for families to go for a safe and fun time in the outdoors, and offering an extra free night will hopefully get people thinking about camping here and around New York State.”

2010 marks the 100th year of the recreation vehicle industry, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).  RVIA is recognizing this special anniversary with an array of celebrations and promotions highlighting the industry’s proud past and bright future, according to details on www.rvcentennial.org.  Both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have introduced legislation to recognize June 2010 as “RV Centennial Celebration Month” (pending).

There are a variety of campgrounds and RV parks participating in the “Camp Two Nights, Get a Third Night Free” promotion. By clicking the links on http://www.ilovenycamping.com, tenters and RVers alike will easily find something to suit their needs.

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