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The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) recognized the achievements of top private park operators, state associations and industry volunteers Thursday during its annual Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo in Knoxville, Tenn.
Park of the Year awards were given to RV parks and resorts based on several criteria, including customer service, employee training, operational excellence, national directory ratings and community service. Winners included:
- Small Park of the Year: Big Meadow Family Campground, Townsend, Tenn.
- Medium Park of the Year: Shelby / Mansfield KOA, Shelby, Ohio
- Large Park of the Year: Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve & Campground, Santee, Calif.
- Mega Park of the Year: Sun-N-Fun RV Resort, Sarasota, Fla.
Parks that made exemplary efforts to become environmentally friendly received ARVC’s Plan-It-Green award. The winners included:
- Big Creek RV Park in Annapolis, Mo., which received the award in the small / medium size park category.
- Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve & Campground, Santee, Calif.
Based in Denver, Colo., the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of privately-owned RV parks, resorts and campgrounds. Membership is comprised of RV park and campground owners and operators, industry suppliers, franchisers and others committed to promoting the growth and welfare of the RV park and campground sector of the outdoor hospitality industry through development and implementation of legislative, regulatory, educational and promotional programs and activities. ARVC is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization. Visit www.arvc.org for more information.
Severe weather caused damage at a campground south of La Crosse, Wis. on Wednesday night.
Strong winds overturned four campers at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts in Bagley, Wis. Several trees were also knocked down, some of them landing on campers.
“We got several trailers on their sides and stuff here,” Bagley Fire Chief Fred White said. “A lot of trees down, electrical wires down. About half of the township is without power right now, so that’s what we’ve seen on our survey of the township.”
No one was seriously injured, and crews are working to restore power to the area.
Minnesota’s many great resorts and campgrounds just completed a terrific 4th of July week and the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association wants to make sure that people know there are still plenty of openings for the remainder of the summer and into fall. An informal survey of MRCA members shows that many destinations still have vacancies for even peak times.
While the state has seen storm damage around Duluth and more recently in areas around Grand Rapids and Bemidji, almost all tourism businesses in the state are operating at full capacity and are eager to welcome visitors. Some North Shore resorts in particular have been unfairly affected by Duluth flooding.
“Some properties saw numerous cancellations from all the negative news coverage,” said MRCA Executive Vice President Dan McElroy, “but they’re an hour or more away from the affected area.”
MRCA President Tom Kavanaugh (Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort, Brainerd) says that the industry is changing.
“While we appreciate advance reservations made several months ahead, the fact is that we’re seeing a lot of short range planning today. That means many resorts and campgrounds often have openings until the last minute so don’t assume that you’re too late to get in at your preferred tourism destination!”
Kavanaugh noted that it’s a fantastic summer to visit a Minnesota resort or campground. “We’ve had wonderful temperatures, the foliage is green and lush and the lakes are warm. We’d love to have people calling us for reservations, even at the last minute, and I’m sure any resort or campground would welcome last minute inquiries!”
Jay Cooke State Park, located about 20 miles south of Duluth, is one of the state parks currently closed due to severe damage caused by flooding in June. The park will remain closed until repairs can be made to State Highway 210, which provides the only vehicle access to the park. All reservations through October 31, 2012 have been cancelled and full refunds are being issued. No new reservations will be taken until further notice.
To help plan your Minnesota resort or campground getaway, visit www.hospitalitymn.com.