The allure of glamping, a word association of glamour and camping, comes from the age-old pleasure of having your cake and eating it too. For a growing number of people, glamping offers the escapism and adventure of the wilderness alongside the conveniences of refined, urban living. The effect is less classic rustic campground, and more upscale bed and breakfast.
There are 83 million Americans between the ages of 25-35. By 2020, 1-in-3 Americans will be a Millennial, which means if you want to attract this portion of the population, your park needs to make itself more appealing to these tech driven individuals.
If you have been progressive enough to implement Bonfire’s Simple Reservation Management Software for you park operations, you know that using a few simple to use tools can make a huge difference in your time commitment when managing your park’s reservations. Here is a list of the 8 most useful tools Bonfire has to offer.
Trying to make your park more appealing to new guests while accommodating year after year tenants can be hard. So, what are a few things you can do to combat push back from residents? Here are a few tips.
In the past, it was much more difficult to streamline and reduce the time spent tackling the day to day issues, but with the rise of technology and innovation, automating the campground is as easy as the click of a few buttons. We’ve compiled a list below of 8 tools every campground or RV park can implement to boost business and operate more efficiently.
Figuring out the right balance for curfews for your RV Park or campgrounds is tricky. Finding the right balance between residents and guest schedules, especially when one is there for leisure and the other on a more permanent basis, is hard. Plus, there are many criteria to think about when setting curfews such as lights out, quiet times, your work hours and even checkin times.
At Bonfire we are constantly cooking up ways to make sure our client’s customers continue to come throughout the whole year. Here are a few small and large things you can do to attract customers throughout the fall.
If you do not have a website, social media and the ability to book online, it is almost as if you don’t exist for the 83 million Americans between the ages of 25-35. Yes, we are talking about the dreaded millennials but speaking as one, we WILL NOT book if we can’t online. So here is a breakdown of the things we millennials want to see and what campgrounds must have to get our money.
Having a great campground reservation system is a must in today’s modern world. In 2016 alone, 148.3 million travel bookings were made online in 2016 in the United States and 40% were made just 48 hours in advance. Just look around at the back of huge parking lots and you will find many RVs in the morning hours. A lot of people looking to book the night of are looking for convenience and give up before finding a spot for their RV.
Ways To Make Extra Money Each SeasonAutumn is the most beautiful season and a wonderful time for camping. A great way to showcase that beauty and make some extra money is by photographing it. Keepsakes like postcards, t-shirts and mugs can be emblazoned with your images and cherished forever by campers. This is a good way to grab camper's addresses too. You will need to get their current home address to send them their mugs. You can charge a little more for your time and picture. Use a service such as Vista Print to order the keepsakes.
This month our customer spotlight is on Derek and Vicky Brookshire, a couple who manage one of the most beautiful campgrounds in the country. The Crockery Creek RV Park campground in Ravenna, MI is a resort style RV Park that everyone needs to know about. Vicky and Derek use their extensive knowledge of the area and dedication to customer experience to make sure their campground keeps people coming back again and again. Here is what Vicki had to say.
If you own a campground or RV Park in colder climates it’s vital that you winterize your cam at the end of the summer or fall. Not doing so will cost you a fortune in broken water pipes and in time starting at the beginning next season. Below are a few suggestions and tips to not only winterize your park but also make a little extra cash along the way.
The Holidays are right around the corner and although the seasonal guests are few and far between, now is the time to show your love for those who are long-term or stationary guests. You shouldn't stop there, however. The holidays are also a great time to attract new customers for next season and even reach out to old ones. Here are a few things you can do this holiday season for seasonal and non-seasonal guests at your RV Park or campground.
Whew... you made it through the peak of camping season. Now that you have some time to collect your thoughts (and hopefully your money), it might be time to start thinking about next year. Below are a few things to start considering to make next year's season even more profitable and the best experience for your customers.
With the rise of Millennial campers and Baby Boomer generation getting older, many campgrounds are starting to offer cabins or RVs as a way to attract more customers. While some think offering these accommodations defies the spirit of camping itself, many parks have seen an increase in Park visitors due to offering more lush accommodations. Here are a few pros and cons for offering cabin or RV rentals as a means to generate more income for your RV Park or campground.
Everything is online and everyone is online these days. That really is where this article should stop but if we still have not convinced you, here are a few reasons why your RV Park or campground needs an online reservation system.
Campground management is no walk in the park. Between checking in and out campers, to keeping up the grounds, there is little time to do general tasks such as keeping up with the books. Below are some of the best tips and hacks we have tried or read about to save you time and make your life easier.
For some people being able to connect to the internet at all times is an absolute necessity, even when camping. Many campsites are located in areas where there is little or no cell phone service so having Wi-Fi is a huge factor when choosing a campsite, if not the only factor. Being able to share experiences quickly also means more people talking about your campground and reserving sites.
For most, speed limits are just suggestions but when you manage a family campground making sure drivers adhere to speed limits, can mean life or death. Below are a few ways you can ensure all motor vehicles slow down.
This month our customer spotlight is on John Pratte, a wildlife biologist who manages one of the most unique campgrounds in the country. The Swan Island Wildlife Management Area campground in Maine is a hidden gem that won’t remain hidden for long. John uses his extensive knowledge of the area and dedication to customer experience to make sure of it.