More than 75% of recreational vehicle owners believe that RV vacations cost less than other vacation options, according to national survey data presented Wednesday (Nov. 12) at the InSites 2008 Convention & Outdoor Hospitality Expo in Nashville, Tenn.
The survey, conducted by PKF Consulting for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), also found that the typical family of four can cut their vacation costs by 27% to 61% by using an RV.
These statistics were welcome news to the more than 550 private park operators gathered at the Nashville Convention Center for the annual meeting, hosted by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
The Nov. 12-15 show includes presentations of ARVC’s 2008 economic survey of the campground industry and updates on ARVC achievements and its public relations and government affairs initiatives. Also on tap are numerous educational seminars covering a broad range of topics, including automated check-in procedures, how to develop disaster plans, how to operate a “green” or environmentally friendly park, website marketing and other emerging best practices in campground management.
More than 50 speakers were scheduled to make presentations during InSites this week, including Shane Ott of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), Bob MacKinnon of Murrieta, Calif.-based MacKinnon Campground Consulting and Rob Schutter, CEO of Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), which franchises Yogi Bear parks.
Other campground organizations are also holding their meetings in Nashville this week, including Best Parks of America and C.A.M.P., the national association of campground association executives.
The InSites tradeshow, which begins Thursday, will feature nearly 100 vendors that supply everything from merchandise for campground stores to Wi-Fi service and online campground reservations.