ONTARIO, Canada — Park operators who attend CalARVC’s Software Education Day on Feb. 27 will learn that Mission Management’s Astra Campground Manager front desk management system can be locally hosted or cloud based, depending the strength and reliability of the park’s Internet service.
They’ll also learn that an even bigger advantage to using the Astra system is its marketing potential, given Mission Management’s recent purchase of RVParky.com, a mobile friendly online campground directory used by more than 400,000 unique RV enthusiasts, which gives consumers the ability to find and book reservations using their cellphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
“We’re trying to become an online travel agency for campgrounds and RV parks,” said Peter Kearns, managing principal at Mission Management Systems, adding, “When we purchased RV Parky in June, it was the largest downloaded app in North America for private RV parks and campgrounds.”
Mission Management’s purchase of RVParky.com has integrated over 330,000 Android and Apple iOS app downloads, 120,000 active users, 31,000 campground reviews and 22,000 campground locations into Mission Management’s Astra reservation system.
Another powerful Astra marketing partner will be announced in the coming weeks, Kearns said.
“We’ve come a long way,” Kearns said, adding that Mission Management started in 1993 with just three people and three campground accounts.
“We’re currently at 18 people and have over 1,000 parks using our system,” he said.
The Astra system has a variety of front desk management functions. “It does everything from providing secure online reservations to handling point of sale purchases to managing the physical inventory in a store to handling everything imaginable surrounding reservations, including journal entries.”
The Astra system is available through the cloud, but software is also available for parks in remote areas that do not have strong or reliable Internet service.
Kearns said Mission Management has refined its reservation system using input from its customers as well as the company’s own experience owning and operating the 286-site Jellystone Park in Niagara Falls, Ont. for the past 13 years. The Niagara Falls Jellystone has RV and tent sites as well as rental accommodations and a camp store.
“We were one of the first companies in the campground industry to offer a cloud based system,” Kearns said, adding that the company released the first version of its Astra program five years ago.
Mission Management is one of six software companies that are scheduled to participate in the day-long event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.
More information about Software Education Day can be found at http://www.calarvc.org/education-networking/campground-reservation-management-software-session/.
SOURCE: Mission Management press release