The Passport America campground discount program has attracted a significant number of guests, particularly Canadians, to a campground along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, according to The Sun Herald of Biloxi, Miss.
Passport America, Long Beach, Miss., offers members 50% off the regular night rate at 700 participating campgrounds in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, according to the company’s website, www.passport-america.com.
The program is attractive to Canadians looking to stretch the value of their relatively weak dollar while traveling in the U.S., said Tiffany Ingram, manager of the Magic River Resort in Long Beach, who was interviewed by the Sun Herald.
However, the Canadians, generally, do not stay long. Ingram said many Canadians are using Magic River as a stopover on their way to Mexico, where the weak Canadian currency has more value.
But cost conscious Canadians are willing to travel somewhat out of their way to take advantage of the discount, Ingram added.
Passport America members pay $44 a year for a membership card to get the discounts, according to the company, which was founded in 1992 by campground owner Ray E. Fernandez.
In exchange for honoring Passport America discounts, participating campgrounds get “various forms of free advertising,” according to the company.
The program is endorsed by the Camping World President’s Club, Cruise America, Workhorse Custom Chassis and the Holiday Rambler and Newmar owners clubs, according to the Passport America website.