The RV campground sector has fared relatively well since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when compared to the airlines, hotels and other segments of the travel industry, according to several campground operators and industry association heads.
“As far as the Sept. 11th impact, we have noticed a small amount of cancellations, but we are filling those slots with other reservations and are staying pretty full,” said Sue Alkire, owner of America’s Best Campground in Branson, Mo.
The Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds surveyed its members a week after the Sept. 11 attacks and found that its members’ business equaled or exceeded last year’s figures, said Bobby Cornwell, the association’s marketing director.
Cathie Carr, CEO of The Escapees, the nation’s largest association of full-time RVers, also believes the club’s members will continue traveling and staying in campgrounds as they always have.
“Our members represent the true grit of America,” she said. “Many of them have been through a depression, served in the military, and have learned to be both tough and frugal, while at the same time never forsaking their freedom to travel. I fully expect them to defy their fears and continue to follow their traveling dreams.”
Meanwhile, David Gorin, president of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, sounded a word of caution.
“Generally speaking,” Gorin said, “I don’t think it’s going to be a boon for us. I also don’t think it’s going to hurt us terribly.”