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OHI Leaders Advocate for RV Parks, Campgrounds at National Outdoor Recreation Executive Forum in DC

In a move to advocate for the outdoor hospitality sector, leaders from OHI, formerly National ARVC, participated in the National Outdoor Recreation Executive Forum held in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. The forum, convened by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), attracted over 150 industry leaders, congressional members, federal agency heads, and state recreation offices to discuss the future of the $1.1 trillion outdoor recreation industry.

Representing OHI at the event were Paul Bambei, president and CEO, who is also a board member of ORR, and David Basler, chief strategy officer. The participation highlighted OHI’s role within the broader industry and underscored the significance of private RV parks and campgrounds in the national economy.

During the forum, Bambei expressed the importance of OHI’s involvement. “As long-time members of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, it was important for OHI to have a strong presence at this event in Washington, and for us to represent the outdoor hospitality industry sector to so many powerful members of Congress,” he stated. This representation is crucial as it positions OHI as a key player in shaping policies affecting the sector.

The gathering provided a platform for OHI to engage in-depth with influential policymakers. Discussions were held with Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), and Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), as well as Governors Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas and Doug Burgum of North Dakota. These interactions aimed to raise awareness about the pivotal role that outdoor hospitality plays in the outdoor recreation economy.

Jessica Turner, ORR’s executive director, outlined the forum’s objectives: “This [Summit] is part of ORR’s ongoing efforts to convene industry leaders and government officials and provide thought leadership and cross-sector collaboration between CEOs, agency leaders, and policy makers,” she said.

One of the key messages OHI aimed to convey at the forum was the economic contribution of private RV parks and campgrounds, which account for almost $35 billion of the outdoor recreation economy. This data is vital for policymakers to consider as they devise legislation and policies that affect the sector.

Furthermore, the forum served as a precursor to two days of intensive meetings on Capitol Hill, where OHI leaders focused on advocating for legislative changes to reduce taxes and fees on small businesses. These discussions are particularly relevant to campground and RV park owners, as such measures could alleviate financial burdens and enhance operational viability.

OHI’s strategic position as a member of ORR enables it to effectively tackle national issues crucial to the outdoor hospitality industry. The organization’s public affairs team is actively engaged in monitoring and influencing legislation that impacts RV parks and campgrounds across the country.

This week, OHI is confidently prepared to engage in over 30 meetings with lawmakers on the Hill. These sessions are pivotal in advancing the interests of the outdoor hospitality industry and ensuring that the voices of campground and RV park owners are heard in legislative circles.

The efforts of OHI leaders at the forum and subsequent meetings underscore the organization’s commitment to championing the needs and concerns of the outdoor hospitality sector. By advocating for favorable legislative conditions, OHI not only supports the growth of individual businesses but also contributes to the sustainability and expansion of the entire outdoor recreation economy.

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MasonVale
MasonVale
May 8, 2024 4:59 pm

Wasn’t it cool how the OHI leaders didn’t just talk RV parks but also stressed eco-friendly practices like energy efficiency? Their focus on sustainability really hit home for me!

Headlines1015
Headlines1015
May 8, 2024 7:44 pm

I found this cool insight! OHI leaders at the forum highlighted eco-friendly practices in RV parks and the push for inclusive outdoor experiences. It’s awesome to see efforts for sustainable recreation and making camping accessible to everyone. Great steps toward a more inclusive outdoor community!

FredrickTundra
FredrickTundra
May 8, 2024 8:52 pm
Reply to  Headlines1015

It’s neat to see the focus on eco-friendly camping practices. Have you tried using solar-powered gadgets or reusable camping gear?

Alex Meadow
Alex Meadow
May 8, 2024 7:52 pm

I’m really impressed by how OHI leaders, like Paul Bambei and David Basler, highlighted the value of sustainable practices in outdoor hospitality at the National Outdoor Recreation Executive Forum. Engaging with policymakers shows a real commitment to promoting the industry’s economic impact. It’s fantastic to see them advocating for such an essential sector!

Jeffrey Rivera
Jeffrey Rivera
May 8, 2024 9:16 pm

The OHI leaders really nailed it at the forum with their push for sustainable practices and tech in RV parks. The buzz and potential collaborations following the event could truly shake things up in the outdoor hospitality scene. What a vibe, right?

BlueFrost1235
BlueFrost1235
May 8, 2024 10:14 pm

Just wanted to share my thoughts on the forum! OHI leaders really shined a light on sustainability in RV parks and campgrounds. so important! Their focus on responsible practices and inclusivity is inspiring. It’s awesome to see them raising the bar for excellence in outdoor hospitality.

RenataGlow
RenataGlow
May 9, 2024 4:56 am

Isn’t it interesting how OHI leaders are pushing for more investment in RV parks and campgrounds? I’m all for improving the visitor experience. It’s great to hear about small businesses thriving in this sector. How can we support such initiatives further?

GiaSunrise
GiaSunrise
May 9, 2024 12:42 pm

Have you heard about the OHI leaders’ impact at the National Outdoor Recreation Executive Forum? They’re all about championing the outdoor hospitality industry and making waves with policymakers. Their dedication is truly inspiring, and their advocacy efforts are shaping policies for RV parks and campgrounds. Pretty cool stuff, right?

Erin Shade
Erin Shade
May 9, 2024 2:01 pm

Isn’t it interesting how OHI leaders highlighted the significance of RV parks and campgrounds in boosting tourism and the outdoor recreation scene nationwide? It’s cool to see their push for policies supporting growth, sustainability, and the economic benefits of this sector, right?

Serpentix133
Serpentix133
May 9, 2024 2:01 pm

Did you hear about OHI leaders emphasizing sustainable practices at the forum? It’s crucial to protect our natural resources for the future! Their focus on infrastructure shows a dedication to enhancing outdoor experiences nationwide. 🌲

Brooke Valley
Brooke Valley
May 11, 2024 6:56 pm

Did you catch that OHI leaders not only pushed for tax breaks but also highlighted sustainable practices in RV parks and campgrounds? Their focus on workforce enhancement is truly commendable!

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