Camping Industry

Profile of a campground operator

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So you’re wondering whether you have what it takes to be a campground operator? Start by asking yourself a few questions:

  • Do you like spending time outdoors?
  • Do you enjoy meeting people from all over, with different points of view?
  • Would you like to manage your own business and employees?
  • Are you ready to make a financial commitment?
  • Are you ready to put in long days without counting the hours, especially during camping season?

If you answered “yes” to all these questions, you’re a good candidate!

You’ll have to pay careful attention to a number of aspects if your campground is to be a success:

  • sound management;
  • marketing;
  • human resources ;
  • maintenance and upgrading;
  • number of sites;
  • occupancy rate;
  • distribution of sites between travellers and seasonal clients;
  • on-site activities;
  • and many more.

Running a campground calls for the same managerial and financial skills as any other type of business. It takes time and patience to produce results you can be proud of, and plenty of hard work. So take your time, talk it over with other campground owners, ask questions, visit facilities, take notes, and compare what you see with what you’d like to do yourself. In short, make sure you really know what you’re getting into!

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