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2023 Canadian Outdoor Hospitality Conference Brings Top Industry Experts, Including KOA’s O’Rourke

The 2023 Canadian Outdoor Hospitality Conference (COHCE) is happening next week, with Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) President and CEO Toby O’Rourke taking the virtual main stage to share key insights and industry trends to help the sector prepare for what lies ahead.

With a wealth of experience and a track record of innovation, O’Rourke is to deliver an informative keynote session that will set the tone for the rest of the conference.

Titled “Tailwinds and Headwinds,” the morning session will take a dive into the current external factors and trends affecting the outdoor hospitality industry. During this talk, O’Rourke will also offer perspective on how campground operators can best position themselves for the future.

In the afternoon, campground and RV park associations around the globe will take over to share the latest data and updates.

This year, Caravan Industry Association of Australia’s (CIAA) Peter Clay, who is the group’s general manager of research and insights, will be joining CCRVC Executive Director Shane Devenish and CCRVC Member Services Coordinator Cara Csizmadia on the main stage to share relevant information.

David Robinson, Destination Canada’s vice president of strategy and stakeholder relations, will join Marc Seguin, Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s vice president of policy and government affairs, in a session exploring the country’s tourism outlook.

According to a newsletter sent by the CCRVC, the discussion will revolve around projections for this year and beyond. In this part of the event, the executives will share strategies both groups are leading to flex Canadian tourism and outdoor hospitality.

Organized by the Canadian Camping & RV Council (CCRVC), the 2023 COHCE is scheduled to take off on February 15, Wednesday. 

Considering feedback from the previous conferences, the Canadian campground association’s annual event will remain virtual this year with a greater focus on education.

“In its third consecutive year, this event strives to deliver important industry content and valuable education opportunities for operators, staff, and those new to or considering entering the outdoor hospitality sector,” Csizmadia told Modern Campground in an interview in December.

She also said that the sessions will be recorded and will be accessible for rewatching even after the conference.

The 2023 Canadian Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo will deliver two days of educational sessions, live networking opportunities, awards, interactive workshops, group discussions, keynote speakers, as well as sponsors from Canada and across North America. 

Campground owners and industry professionals who wish to take the opportunity to learn from the best at the conference can register at https://cohce.ca/ or contact Cara Csizmadia at [email protected].

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May 17, 2024 5:48 am

Ever heard about the cool stuff happening at the 2023 Canadian Outdoor Hospitality Conference? Attendees get to join in interactive workshops with top industry leaders. It’s a great chance to network and swap ideas about the future of outdoor hospitality in Canada. Pretty neat, right?


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