Thursday, July 20, 2006

Provincial law prompts retailer to post signs telling RVers to sleep elsewhere

After 45 years of lobbying the provincial government to crack down on illegal camping in the province, the camping industry is now receiving help from a company that has long benefited from the practice -- Wal-Mart.

The retailer has begun posting signs in parking lots it owns, informing RV owners about a provincial law that prohibits the practice and asking them not to park overnight, says Leanne Hachey of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

While the company's American counterpart views RV owners as a lucrative market and actively pursues their business by promoting overnight parking in their lots, Wal-Mart Canada is more concerned about being a good a corporate citizen than about losing revenue.

With more than 73,000 RVs visiting Nova Scotia last year alone, RV owners contribute significantly to the province's tourism sector.

The president of the Campground Owners Association of Nova Scotia says she considers Wal-Mart's decision a "wonderful first step" in helping to address the long-standing issue. Full Story...

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