The Other Side of the Pond

I was thrilled to be the first guest of the year on the highly touted UK Podcast from Sarah Riley and her company “Inspired Courses.”

Sarah and I cover the gamut when it comes to building a camping or glamping resort. We discuss land costs, utilities, demand drivers, and all things development.

You can listen to the podcast here.

If you are interested in getting started in Glamping or Eco Tourism, Sarah’s courses are a must. She is the step that needs to be taken before we get into land planning and the hard numbers of building your Glamping resort.

If you are interested in getting into Glamping, make sure you sign up for Sarah’s courses Inspired Glamping Podcast. She will give you all the tools you need to move into the world of Glamping in both the UK and the US.

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Have Yourself A Blessed Christmas

This year has been one of amazing growth! We have faced many highs and lows such as saying, “Hello,” to new clients and team members and saying, “Goodbye” to some team members we have loved. Most of all, we are excited to Celebrate our Saviors birth!

Last week in church, our pastor asked us to ponder if Mary knew what she was getting into when she said, “Yes'” to the angels announcement of the virgin birth. Clearly, she had no idea that pain it would bring and the way it would impact every area of her life. That is what happens when you say, “Yes,” to G-d-it changes everything.

Each day I strive to live by the words and teachings of scripture and to bring these teachings into the way I run AOS. Some people think this means being timid and a pushover. Rather, a careful reading of scripture points out that Christ teaches we are to right wrongs, hold people accountable for their actions, be merciful to those who need mercy, and walk in a way that we are “Above Reproach.” It means being good stewards of what has been entrusted to you, and to us, that means our clients assets.

To our clients, Merry Christmas and know we are excited to continue our journey into 2021.

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Santa Came Early to AOS

When it comes to gifts, we just received some of the best. New clients to kick off the Christmas Season!

Our team is very excited to be working with Good Living Ventures and their seven parks in Arizona. We look forward to walking them through the transition from MH to RV at their AZ properties. We have spent time getting to know everyone and feel a real synergy with these fine folks! We will be on the road next week visiting them in the desert. Welcome team GLV!

Today, we celebrated as we on-boarded Rivers Edge in PA. This fine park was KOA Park of the Year just last year, and we look forward to working with the owners and staff at waterfront campground on the Youghiogheny River. Rachel and Kristen have been there this week getting to know this stellar staff.

Last, but not least, we welcome Flatonia RV Ranch in Texas. Situated between Austin and San Antonio-this cute park is a gem! It even comes with a great fishing pond!!

We never take it for granted that owners have entrusted us with their investments. Thank you to all our fine clients and allowing us to journey with you.

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Even in a Crazy Year….There Is Every Reason to Give Thanks

I have always been a “Glass Half Full,” kind of person. I guess it is just my nature to look for the positives even in bad times.

No one would have believed what was to come in 2020. Right around March 1, we began to hear rumblings of a virus in China. By the middle of March, our world was changing in ways we could have never imagined.

Of course, for our industry, it caused explosive growth. Folks who had never planned to Glamp, Camp or RV suddenly found it to be a safer way to socially distance and yet get out of the house. With work being done via Zoom and virtual schooling, even the kids were free to roam. With these changes-the year of Outdoor Hospitality came to life. For us, 2019 was a year of rapid growth. 2020 has been nothing short of crazy!

It is never lost on us that while COVID caused positive reverberations in our industry-far too many lost their lives and suffered at the hands of this cruel virus. We would be remiss if we did not stop to offer our sincere condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one to the horror of COVID

As we head into Thanksgiving, we at AOS are thankful for the health of our staff and clients, the blessings and growth we have seen in our industry, and the promise of a vaccine that will allow life to get back to a somewhat normal flow. We look forward to Advent and a Christmas Season full of promise and hope. To your and yours, we say, “Happy Thanksgiving.”

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Nerds Ahead of the Herd

Anyone who knows me knows I am a data nerd!

From the moment I took my first accounting class in college, I knew I was in love!! I love numbers, spreadsheets, formulas, and most of all, REVENUE.

Coming out of my former life, I was impressed with the software we used in the hotel world. It gave a data wonk like me hours of enjoyment. Armed with reports, I was able to make solid, data driven decisions with the type of reports these systems were able to compile. I am happy to report, we are moving our clients to such a system between now and 1-1-21!

If you have seen my budgets, you have a sneak peak at where we are headed. All properties will be on or moved to this hospitality based software beginning January 2021. This may not sound exciting to you, but I am like a kid at Christmas.

Our new software will give us the data we need to continually make solid financial decisions. The screenshot below is just the header of one of the new reports. Without having to pull multiple reports from different systems, we will see at a glance the nights sold, occupancy, ADR, REVPAR total revenue and revenue per occupied site-including ancillary and misc income such as extra person fees, pet fees, and booking fees.

Same on the expense side. Now our reporting gives us daily snapshots into how we are comparing against budget as a PER OCCUPIED SITE cost as well as overall revenue. Cost control is a strong focus and reporting on CPOS is a fantastic tool to control costs. Owners can now login and not only see expenses, but an image of each vendor payment made on the AP side. Owners will also have control over the approval process should they desire to have that level of control.

If you are a new property, you will be on the software from day one. If you are a current property, you will be live 1-1. Let us know if you have questions or comments. We will keep you in the loop as we move you forward!

We want to thank all of your for allowing us to partner with you in the ever expanding world of Outdoor Hospitality.

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Time To Plan Ahead

It is hard to believe November starts Sunday. Three weeks later is Thanksgiving and then we are in full Christmas mode. If you are like most people, you are ready to say, “So Long,” to 2020.

For us, the end of 2020 is, in a word, BUSY. We have our plate full -and the start of 2021 is looking just as busy.

Between our current clients expanding their portfolios, the Glamping Show success, and the market being hot-we are beyond blessed with work. We never take this for granted.

We encourage anyone who wants to schedule their onboarding to get it scheduled NOW. We are planning for Q1 2021 these last few months of 2020.

If you need to get on our calendar, please schedule an appointment with Jenna at jlombardo@advanced-outdoor.biz and get on our calendar. She manages all calendars and can get you scheduled and off we go. The new year will bring exciting changes to our clients. We will be moving to a hospitality based accounting program for daily reports and occupancy updates. Our software systems are rolling out advanced features to save payroll dollars and enhance the guest experience.

You have made 2020 our most exciting year yet-and we look forward to working with you in 2021.

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Welcome Little Orleans

As a native Marylander, I am thrilled to say, “Welcome,” to Little Orleans Campground in Western MD. We are beyond excited about this newest park in our Portfolio.

Little Orleans has been in existence for at least 40 years and has a stellar reputation. We plan to build on the great foundation laid by the former owners. Watch as we roll out a new website, marketing, online booking, and a host of great new features at the park.

This gem of a park is located right next to the Potomac River and directly on the C&O towpath bike path leading from Cumberland to DC. It is also at the Fifteen Mile Creek lock and is surrounded by a beautiful mountain fed creek full of trout and old fashioned swimming holes.

Green River State Forest surrounds the park and offers hunting, hiking, horseback riding, and some of the most scenic foliage on the east coast.

Finally, we have landed one of our most seasoned GM’s to run this park. Make sure you stop by the office and say, “Hello,” to Andrea and her staff. We look forward to taking this park to new heights.

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Welcome Timberline

We are excited to announce a brand new addition to the AOS portfolio-Timberline Campground in Benzonia MI.

Watch closely as we roll out the new website, online booking, marketing, and SM pages.

Timberline is a great park near Traverse City, Crystal Lake, and Lake Leelanau MI. We witnessed the stunning foliage of this part of the country during our visit last week. We stayed in an EXTRA large, full hookup, pull thru RV site down the path from a spotless bath house.

Fishing, bike trails, wineries, brew tours, and stunning landscape are just a few of the activities you can find around this great park. We are planning to add park wide Wifi, a dog park, laundry, a clubhouse, and secure storage to the park over the off season.

We look forward to working with guests, owners, and staff at this great park.

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Thank You

Just a quick note to say, “Thank you,” to all those who joined me at the Glamping Summit kick off. What an honor to be chosen as the opening speaker. I know you will be blessed by all the others to follow.

Please check back on my blog in the coming days for the promised budget suggestions. Once off the road and on stable Wifi-you will get it hot off the presses here!

Remember my points in the seminar and you will be on track for great success.

B-Buy it Right

U-Utilities Drive Everything

I-IT Matters-even in glamping

L-Location

D-Demand

Thanks and have a great conference!

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