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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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.
Available now in select stores and online at teaforte.com.
Expedia.com 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:
- Labor Day was the busiest weekend for car rental
- Disney Theme Parks topped the list of things to do
- The average hotel stay was two nights
- Top destinations based on 2017 air travel included major global cities like New York, London and Bangkok
- Popular tourist destinations included Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas