New microsite launched for Tenn. State Parks

(May 31, 2012) -- “Working with our partners at the Department of Tourist Development and Designsensory, Tennessee State Parks now has a new digital platform that engages citizens and visitors with a great new online experience,” said Martineau. “That experience is reflective of the exceptional natural, cultural and historical resources available at our 54 state parks.”

U.S. GDP estimate revised downward for first quarter

(May 31, 2012) -- "The downward revision was more than accounted for by a smaller addition to growth from inventories that itself subtracted 0.4 percentage points relative to the advance estimate of overall GDP growth," said Janzen. "Along with a larger drop in government spending and a modest downward revision to consumer spending growth to 2.7 percent from 2.9 percent, this more than offset an upwardly revised 1.9 percent gain in business investment that was notably stronger than the 2.1 percent decline reported in the first estimate."

Jayco Seneca used in MLB Network promotional tour

(May 31, 2012) -- Since April 12, the Jayco Seneca 37RB Class C motorhome has been visiting the nation’s ballparks as a touring studio broadcasting features during the MLB Network’s Game of the Week. The Jayco Seneca was used inside and outside for on-air reports and interviews with players during the On Deck Circle, the network’s signature show featuring major league baseball highlights and analysis.

Schmarder becomes Huffington Post business blogger

(May 31, 2012) -- “Elevating the exposure of the outdoor recreation industry and bringing awareness of the pleasures and benefits of an active outdoor vacation have been and continue to be high-level priorities in my business life – both B2B and B2C,” said Schmarder. “This opportunity allows me to position our industry in a progressive and exciting light, bringing top of mind awareness to the leisure alternatives that we offer the public as well as the power of our vast, yet under the radar, industry.”

Equine Motorcoach adds new features for 2012

(May 31, 2012) -- The company added the Saddlematic 180 that not only swings 180 degrees out of the way when not in use, but electrically lowers and lifts for easy saddle loading and unloading. "I did quite a bit of research while exhibiting the 2012 model at events," said Tom Stinnett. "The horse people really gave me some great ideas about what they wanted and how they needed things to work for them on the road. Eureka Specialty Products created something that addressed those issues for us."

Memorial Day weekend camping up at KOA

(May 31, 2012) -- All signs still point to a successful 2012 camping year at Kampgrounds of America, the company announced this week after reporting that camper check-ins for the May 26 to May 28 Memorial Day camping weekend were up about 7 percent from the same period in 2011. Advanced reservations for the rest of the summer camping season are running about 6 percent ahead of the same period last year.

New proposal to keep California parks open

(May 31, 2012) -- The eight-point “sustainable parks” proposal focuses on giving the department greater flexibility in how it uses its staff and resources. This includes direction to the department to collect entrance fees in more locations and utilize concession agreements in as many areas as practical. Additionally, the proposal provides support to the Department of Natural Resources through fund shifts and a loan from the Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund, said Sipe.