The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouragomg Hoosier businesses to submit proposals for operating the state’s CampIN campground reservation system.
According to a press release, the DNR will hold a Request For Proposal (RFP) meeting Aug. 30 in Indianapolis at 9 a.m. at the Indiana Government Center South. Currently, Spherix Inc. of Beltsville, Md., operates the CampIN system.
“The fact that our campground reservation system is operated by an out of state vendor is a concern to both myself and Gov. Mitch Daniels,” said DNR Director Kyle Hupfer. “As with all other areas of state government, I will take all reasonable steps to provide Indiana businesses an opportunity to successfully bid on DNR contracts.
“To give Indiana companies the greatest chance possible to be successful bidders, DNR is laying some groundwork well before an RFP is offered. If partnerships need to be formed or additional investments made in order to be in a position to bid, Indiana companies will have ample opportunity to do so before the official RFP process is started.”
The DNR Central Reservation System enables campers, picnickers and tourists to review and reserve DNR campsites, cabins, shelters, group camps or recreation buildings at a state park or state recreation area through a central call-center, via the Internet, or by walking into a state recreational property office.
Indiana’s CRS is a real-time system that does not allow double bookings and includes various accounting, occupancy, arrival and statistical reports.
CampIN went live in December 2002. The system also allows cross selling of similar campsites at other properties if the site requested is already reserved. The system has increased camping revenue, improvd accounting accuracy and allows DNR to track visitation and allows better marketing.