More than 3,700 private facilities affiliated with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) will soon be able to provide guests with the ability to book campground reservations instantly online.
The capability stems from an agreement ARVC reached last week with Anaheim, Calif.-based Friend Communications Inc.Under the pact Friend will offer ARVC members the ability to upgrade their websites with an instant online reservation processing service enabling campers to reserve campsites with credit-card numbers any time, day or night.
Port Angeles, Wash.-based AGS Internet Services will continue to host ARVC’s GoCamping America website, which includes contact information and website links to ARVC member campgrounds across the nation.         ‘“Our goal is really to provide the ability for our parks to do this (offer online reservation services) if they choose to do it,” said Linda Profaizer, ARVC’s president and CEO. Neither Profaizer nor Friend President Gary Pace could say exactly when the online reservation processing service would be available, both agreed it would be up and running later this year.
“It’s a matter of providing what the consumer is looking for,” said Pace, adding that the upgrade would be inexpensive for ARVC members who already receive a website as part of their ARVC membership. Friend Communications is working closely with AGS to provide the service as seamlessly as possible for the good of the campground industry, he said. Additional will be available in the near future.
Friend Communications recently developed online reservation processing tools for the California Travel Parks Association (CTPA) and the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO). Travelers can select the campgrounds that match the location, amenities and other characteristics of interest to them before booking their reservations with a credit-card number.