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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Parks Concludes Camping Season with Record Sales

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts reported double-digit, year-over-year park sales as work continues on six new locations.

According to a release, Jellystone Parks is the nation's second largest franchised campground system, now with 83 parks in the U.S. and Canada.

Through the end of November, same-park sales were up 10 percent on total sales of more than $113 million, eclipsing last year's record $108 million. This is the ninth year of continuous sales growth.

"Jellystone Parks offer campers especially families a unique experience, which is one of the key factors fueling our growth," said Jim Westover, vice president of Operations. "The other contributor is the investment our franchisees are making to expand and improve their parks, which is driving both sales and profitability to record levels."

Westover added that Jellystone is seeing strong interest from prospective franchises, ranging from large real estate investment groups to independent campground owners. "The camping industry as a whole is healthy and growing, and Jellystone Parks is extremely well positioned, making it an appealing addition to investment portfolios."

It recently signed land development agreements with two new franchisees who are currently searching for sites. Randy Sims will develop a park in the Houston, Texas area, while Lorraine and Daren Carlson will open a Jellystone Park in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Also, work is underway on four new campgrounds scheduled to open in early- to mid-2018.

Real estate investment trust Northgate Resorts, the brand's largest franchisee, is developing its ninth Jellystone Park in Bostic, North Carolina. Northgate is transforming a 550-acre former Girl Scout camp into the state's fourth Jellystone Park. Campers will be welcomed starting in June.

A former independent campground an hour southwest of Cleveland, Ohio is being converted to a Jellystone Park by owners Todd and Pam McCreary. It is opening in April.

Branson, Missouri, will again be home to a Jellystone Park. The campground there was a Jellystone until 2016. The re-branded campground is set to open in April.

Just west of Des Moines, Iowa, Curtis Van Gilder is converting his independent campground to a Jellystone Park that will begin to host campers in April.

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  • Alexandra Scarborough
    Gilt and Sarah Jessica Parker Unveil SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal Collection for Spring

    Sarah Jessica Parker, in partnership with Gilt, kicked off the exclusive launch of SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal, Gilt’s first foray into bridal ready-to-wear that would have Carrie Bradshaw swooning.

    The collection includes dresses, skirts, bodysuits and other pieces, ranging in price from $295 to $2,395 and from sizes 0 to 14.

    "Collaborating with Gilt on my first bridal ready-to-wear collection was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," said Sarah Jessica Parker. "The team there is brilliant and allowed me to be imaginative and take risks as I was designing for the non-traditional bride. It has been quite fun to play around with colors, fabrics and details to create unique pieces for all kinds of brides." The collection, comprised of ten styles, is inspired by Parker's vision of a modern, non-traditional bride, and is designed to dress a woman for a variety of wedding milestone moments; from her bridal shower through her wedding reception. Styles offered are a unique mix of classic dresses and gowns, modern bodysuits, full skirts, and a jumpsuit. The color palette includes traditional bridal white, sleek black, plus pops of blush, poppy, light gray and blue.

    Designed in collaboration with Gilt, the collection was produced in New York City utilizing fabrics like cashmere and stretch crepe sourced from Spain, Italy and France.

    The pieces all feature carefully curated details like elegant bows, sophisticated cutouts, feathers, intricate embroidery and beautiful hand-stitched beading. 

    The actress and style icon is no stranger to chic bridal wear. Carrie Badshaw, famously played by Parker, took part in an elaborate bridal photo shoot in Sex and the City: The Movie. The shoot featured gowns from designers like Christian Lacroix and Lanvin. Parker famously wore a black wedding gown for her own wedding to Matthew Broderick in 1997.

    "Not only is Sarah Jessica Parker's style known around the world, her point of view is one-of-a-kind," says Tom Ott, Chief Merchant of Gilt. "Sarah Jessica brings her impeccable taste and fashion sensibility to life in this collection. We think our customers will be delighted with the offering which is stylish and well-priced in the bridal category."

    As part of the bridal launch, Gilt will also offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear line, each of which are complementary to the bridal collection. 

    To correspond with the bridal collection launch, Gilt City will present offers from some of Sarah Jessica Parker's favorite places in New York City.

    The offers were each chosen as a way to help brides plan for and celebrate the big day with highlights including, Leather Spa, Lars Nord Studio Tailoring, Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, among others.

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    Tea Forté Introduces ‘Matcha’ Collection

    Convenience meets tradition in Tea Forté’s new Ceremonial Matcha Bowl Set and the Matcha Single Steeps.

    The company said its spring harvested, shade grown, stone ground, organic matcha tea is best served in a centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony called chanoyu: a preparation technique known for its centering meditative qualities.

    "The launch of Tea Forté's Matcha collection represents our continued commitment to wellness and cultivating all the potential mental and physical health benefits of tea," says Tea Forté CEO Michael Gebrael. "In addition to our high quality Pure Matcha, we've also blended four distinct flavored Matcha varieties. Prepackaged in pouches measured out for a single serving, our Single Steeps Matcha is ideal for the office, travel, or to keep with you for a boost anytime."

    Tea Forté noted its handcrafted ceremonial tea bowl, handmade bamboo whisk and measuring ladle “encourages serene enjoyment of our premium Kosher, gluten-free and vegan matcha blends.” These include: Pure Matcha, Chocolate Matcha, Coconut Matcha, Ginger Matcha, and Chai Matcha.

    According to a release, in addition to its distinctive taste, matcha is prized for its health benefits. Steeped green tea contains only the antioxidants that can be extracted in water, while with matcha, the whole leaf is consumed.

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QUICK 5 has released a year-end look at U.S. traveler behavior and trends for 2017, analyzing data to identify the most in-demand destinations, hotels, activities and more.

Among other insights, the roundup revealed:

  1. Labor Day was the busiest weekend for car rental
  2. Disney Theme Parks topped the list of things to do
  3. The average hotel stay was two nights
  4. Top destinations based on 2017 air travel included major global cities like New York, London and Bangkok
  5. Popular tourist destinations included Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas