The Tennessee RV Park and Campground Association (Tennessee ARVC) will participate in a survey by the University of Tennessee Tourism Institute to determine the economic effects of public schools starting classes before Labor Day.
John Salizar, director of the institute, explained the survey to Tennessee ARVC members during the Tennessee Campground Conference and Trade Show, Nov. 3-5, at Mountain Lake Marina and Campground, Lake City.
About 40 people representing 11 of the association’s 50 members attended the conference, which featured a trade show with eight vendors.
During the conference, the Tennessee ARVC board of directors entertained a proposal from Friend Communications, Anaheim, Calif., to establish an online reservation system for Tennessee Campgrounds.
“About 15 parks will sign up initially,” said John Westenberger, executive director. “There seems to be a lot of interest, but we just need a few more specifics. The system will be structured in such a way that after they start getting a lot of reservations, the cost is minimal.”
Westenberger said the members also discussed expanding the conference to include Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama campgrounds. “It’s an idea worth pursuing,” Westenberger said. “The other states have to be interested before we can go ahead.”
Campground consultant and lobbyist David Gorin, former ARVC president, spoke to association members about trends in the industry and Scott Lunsford of Graybar Electric Co., Nashville, presented a seminar on Wi-Fi systems for campgrounds.
Tennessee ARVC officers elected during the conference were as follows: president, Ghislaine Gallagher, Bean Pot Campground, Crossville; president-elect, Keith Wagner, Clarksville RV Park; secretary, Debbie McKinney, Fox Inn Campground, Clinton: and treasurer, Barbara Johnson, Big Meadow Family Campground, Townsend.
Randy Fitzgerald, manager of Best Holiday Trav-L-Park of Chattanooga, a board member for 10 years and past president, received the association’s distinguished service award.