While most segments of the travel and tourism industry are struggling, many RV campground operators in Sun Belt states say they will have plenty of business this winter.
In Texas, RV campground reservations are up from 15% to 200%, according to Brian Schaeffer, executive director of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO). One example is Crooked Tree RV Park in Brownsville, where September revenue was up 200% because snowbirds arrived earlier.
“Our first big month is usually December,” said George Ketzenberg, owner of Crooked Tree. “It looks like we’re going to have a real good season.”
In addition to more people deciding not to fly commercially for vacations, Schaeffer believes the extra $1 million that the Texas government spent to promote tourism in the state has helped. The promotional effort was directed both at Texans and residents of neighboring states.
Meanwhile, in Arizona, the owner of Rincon County West RV Resort in Tucson reported a 31% increase in September business and a 22% increase during October.
The demand for long-term rental sites also is up 10% at Rincon County RV, said George O’Leary, owner of Rincon County RV and president of the Arizona Travel Parks Association (ATPA).