As several states and counties around the country issue different edicts, we wanted to take a moment to update you on Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) HQ. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, members and respective communities. And while we have as many folks working from home as possible, our offices remain fully operational.
We are a critical extension of our members communications. In some cases, strategic if not sole support for many ‘essential businesses’ like your parks. Therefore, TACO will remain fully operational unless otherwise advised. During this time period, we are here to support your operations as much as possible, providing critical print and digital communications that assist in your efforts to remain present and active during this pandemic.
While we are all adjusting to this new “normal,” one thing has remained constant: Our dedication to assisting you through this challenge in any way we can. We’re here to help – whether it’s insuring you and your guests have the most current information or preparing for additional customers once this craziness is in the rearview mirror. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us, things are changing and rapidly.
Stay blessed and we’re here and we’re glad you are too!
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In 1972 a half dozen forward thinking campground owners felt that the interests of privately held parks in Texas would need representation well into the future – both from a marketing perspective and legislatively.1972
By 1974 the new organization designed and copied its first directory featuring less than 20 member parks. It was a plain black and white document but distribution began through member parks. Members visited the legislative process every two years and tried on a hit-and-miss to protect members’ rights at the capital.
In the early to mid-1990’s the association stepped into the 21st Century with a four-color full sized RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas (link) that was distributed at approximately 200 member parks and TXDOT Information Centers (Points of Entry). The association also engaged the services of a legislative consultant to monitor all legislation that effects campgrounds and tourism in general.1974 - Mid 90s
TACO membership grew to over 350 parks and numerous marketing programs have been added that include coop distribution of member literature at RV shows throughout the state and across the country. Specific RV park friendly legislation is now on the books and the association puts out a Legal Handbook. The Camping Guide has grown to 140 pages and feature over 350 parks and many dealers plus tourist attractions.2000s
The association is a prime driver of tourism related legislation and also instrumental in fighting legislation that is detrimental to its members. Holding a board seat in the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) along with leadership in other states camping associations, TACO offers its members cutting edge opportunities to Promote & Protect their businesses.
TACO produces Spring and Fall conferences that feature park tours, educational classes and the largest industry tradeshow in the Southwest. Money-saving and revenue-producing opportunities abound.
The TACOmembers.com website features vendor information and the TACO Legal Handbook on the password protected side along with legally vetted forms and case studies for best practices in operating a modern campground.