Author: Eugene Buchanan

Adventure Travel Market Reeling But Resilient — And Key To Tourism’s Comeback

Adventure Travel Market Reeling But Resilient — And Key To Tourism’s Comeback

While World Tourism Day is commemorated each year on September 27 to “foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political, and economic value,” this year a dark cloud rained on its parade — concerns about one of the business sectors most affected by COVID-19 — tourism and, in particular, the adventure travel industry. (Read More)

Diamonds In The Rough: COVID Surprises From The Outdoor Retail World

Diamonds In The Rough: COVID Surprises From The Outdoor Retail World

Everyone knows that bikes have been going gangbusters at retail this year. But what other surprises have been selling well at retail this year, leaving shelves high and dry, cash registers ringing and store managers scrambling for inventory? To find out, we queried outdoor retailers across the country to see what outdoor products COVID-19 helped sell this season. The answers might surprise you. (Read More)

Sportsman’s Warehouse CEO Jon Barker Talks COVID-19 Retail Success With SGB Executive

Sportsman’s Warehouse CEO Jon Barker Talks COVID-19 Retail Success With SGB Executive

With 107 retail outlets and an outdoor product mix as diverse as its store locations, publicly-traded Sportsman’s Warehouse has weathered COVID-19 better than perhaps any other major outdoor retailer (its second-quarter report heralded a five-fold growth in earnings and sales up 79.9 percent). SGB Executive caught up with CEO Jon Barker to shed light on its success during the pandemic. (Read More)

COVID Case Study: A Timeline From The Trenches From Bending Branches

COVID Case Study: A Timeline From The Trenches From Bending Branches

Want an up close and personal look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected a small outdoor gear manufacturer? Consider the case of Bending Branches and AquaBound, a longtime, venerable maker of canoe and kayak paddles, which has weathered the storm — negotiating its many currents and winds — and stroked through to the other side. (Read More)

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