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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.

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The long list of possible state park closures includes a dozen Central and Upstate New York campgrounds. Many of those parks don’t expect to open this summer due to budget cuts, so they are refunding money to people who already have reservations.

This is in addition to the 55 state parks throughout New York that could also be closed as the result of the $8 billion budget deficit. The governor expects the move to save about $6 million.

Dan Keefe, from State Parks, says there is still a chance those parks could be open this summer if lawmakers restore funding, but they wanted to get the word out now.

Campsites that will not be opening for the 2010 are:

Central Region:

  • Hunt’s Pond State Park
  • Oquaga Creek State Park
  • Pixley Falls State Park

Finger Lakes Region:

  • Newtown Battlefield State Park

Saratoga Region:

  • Max V. Shaul State Park

Taconic Region:

  • Taconic State Park – Rudd Pond Area

Thousand Islands Region:

  • Canoe Point State Park
  • Cedar Island State Park
  • Eel Weir State Park
  • Keewaydin State Park
  • Macomb Reservation State Park
  • Mary Island State Park

Emails sent to customers who had already made reservations said that reservations have been cancelled and refunds issued. Those who paid by check, will get their money in the form of a check. Those who paid by credit card, will see their refund as a credit on their next statement.

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