The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) attracted more than 225 people to its annual spring meeting and trade show last week, including 50 vendors and nearly 40 newcomers who expressed interest in buying existing campgrounds or building new parks, according to Woodall’s Campground Management, a sister publication of RVBUSINESS.com.
Walter Preble, special assistant to the president of Billings, Mont.-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), delivered a keynote address regarding the continuing growth in RV sales and the obvious economic opportunities these sales provide to campground operators.
Brian Schaeffer, TACO’s CEO and executive director, affirmed Preble’s upbeat assessment of the campground business, noting that business in many Texas campgrounds is up anywhere from 5% to 20% this year compared to last year. “We had a couple of parks tell us that in the past 12 months they1ve done more business than they have since they founded their parks about 20 years ago,” he said.
Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), provided an update on a recent meeting between ARVC and Campground Association Management Professionals (CAMP). She said the meeting focused on ways the associations could work to strengthen their relationships and promotional efforts on behalf of campground owners.