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August 19, 2009

America Outdoors Association Bulletin

First Lady and Daughters Raft the Gallatin River with AOA Member Geyser Whitewater Expeditions

Survey Shows Outcome for 2009 Season by Day Trip vs Multi-day Trip.  Take 5 Minutes to Respond and Get Instant Access to the Results

Insurance Issues, Web Analytics, Zip Line Operations and Reservation Systems Are Among the Topics Scheduled for the Operations Network at the AOA Conference in Reno

Special Note to Forest Service Outfitters with Temporary Use Permits


First Lady and Daughters Raft the Gallatin River with AOA Member Geyser Whitewater Expeditions

While President Obama held a town hall meeting in Montana, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters rafted the Gallatin River with America Outdoors Association member Geyser Whitewater Expeditions near Gallatin Gateway.

“This was their first time rafting ever and they really enjoyed it despite the inclement weather,” said Eric Becker, owner of the company.  “We had rain but they still decided to go and had a blast.”

Guide Jaye Gibbs called the First Lady an “incredible paddler”.  The trip was composed of four rafts including White House staff and the Secret Service.

America Outdoors Association salutes the First Lady and the Obama daughters for their adventuresome spirit and for serving as models for an active, outdoor recreation lifestyle.  Moreover, they could have easily canceled the trip because of the weather, but proved that you can have a great time rafting no matter what the weather.
 

Survey Shows Outcome for 2009 Season by Day Trip vs Multi-day Trip.  Take 5 Minutes to Respond and Get Instant Access to the Results

The early results reveal that more than 70% of respondents to the Survey on the Outcome for the 2009 Season report that offering specials was one of the most effective strategies they used to adapt to weak market conditions.  57% of respondents see higher demand moving forward into next season.  One interesting comment in the open ended remarks section: “My payroll is up this year I believe because so many people are wanting work that we have to try to get them to go home each day. “

Click on Survey to fill out the form and view all the results  See how you are doing compared to others in the industry.  It takes less than five minutes to complete the survey.

Insurance Issues, Web Analytics, Zip Line Operations and Reservation Systems Are Among the Topics Scheduled for the Operations Network at the AOA Conference in Reno

Bob Foster of Lost Valley Ranch in Colorado says, “There is no conference I attend that gives me more information and ideas that I can use at my guest ranch than America Outdoors.”  Gary Staab, owner of Adirondack River Outfitters, credits America Outdoors Association conference with recharging his batteries after each season.  “I wouldn’t miss this event,” he says.  “The outfitters and travel industry experts I meet and the internet marketing strategies are among the many reasons I attend every year.  The value far exceeds the costs.  You really learn where to put your marketing dollars.”

The Operations Network is one of the interactive components of the meeting led by experts in an areas of outfitter operations who facilitate discussions among members.  If you have a question about an aspect of your operation related to one of the topics, there is a good chance the answer is in the audience.

Check out the Agenda and register today to save on early registration. Buy your ticket while air fares are low.  We think you’ll find this year’s conference to be the most compelling ever because it focuses on the strategies necessary to get the most bang for your marketing dollar and how to manage your company in light of the new economic realities.  Visit the America Outdoors Association website or call 800-524-4814 for more information.
 

Special Note to Forest Service Outfitters with Temporary Use Permits

If you have been operating on temporary permits and want to have the opportunity to convert that permit to priority use, you must submit a letter to your authorizing officer requesting conversion to transitional priority use before September 17, 2009.  Call the AOA office at 800-524-4814 for directions on how to send that letter.

Some outfitters have hybrid permits, which are priority permits with temporary use. They should talk to their rangers before requesting transition priority use.  A transitional priority use permit may be extended for each year for up to five years to enable the agency to complete the documentation necessary to issue a long-term permit.  In some cases, the agency may issue a two year priority use permit, but the direction on utilization of that permit is not clear.

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