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FRVCA Gears Up for Annual Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo This May

The Florida and Alabama RV Park and Campground Association (FRVCA) is gearing up to host its annual Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo from May 15 to May 17 in Orlando, Florida. Over 100 campground industry businesses and 94 supplier companies will participate, and more than 450 attendees are expected. 

In an exclusive e-mail interview with Modern Campground, Bobby Cornwell, president and CEO of FRVCA, emphasized the role of networking at this event for personal and professional growth. He said the upcoming conference would be a large event, featuring more than 20 educational sessions and group discussions covering topics beneficial to all owners and operators.

“Networking is the most important part of our conference, and being able to talk to someone face-to-face is priceless. We have had many attendees who were just interested in getting in the business and were under construction or looking for a piece of property to build on,” Cornwell said.

Additionally, he highlighted the enthusiasm surrounding the conference and the anticipated announcement of new initiatives and member benefits. These include a potential group captive insurance program, a new music and movie licensing discount program in partnership with ASCAP and MPLC, and enhancements to the association’s website, which will offer easier access to industry information, and a new document library.

On Wednesday, May 15, the conference will commence in the afternoon with a general session, followed by breakout sessions focusing on asset protection, glamping, staff hiring and retention, and leveraging technology and branding to evolve properties. The evening will conclude with a welcome reception.

The agenda for Thursday, May 16, begins with breakfast, introductions, and a tourism update by VISIT FLORIDA. The day features a panel discussion with representatives from various industry organizations, including the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the Recreation Vehicle Training Institute (RVTI), the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), and Kampgrounds of America (KOA). 

There will be a Chairman’s Lunch, which will focus on legislative efforts and recognize Political Action Committee (PAC) fund honorees. Marc Dunbar, a legislative consultant, will discuss key issues related to industry insurance challenges.

“We will be discussing the most important issues and challenges facing our industry and park owners, specifically the insurance crisis and how the association is exploring options to find solutions that will lower costs and bring some stability to the market,” Cornwell explained.

Throughout Thursday, educational sessions will cover booking trends, park management best practices, monetizing WiFi services, utilizing artificial intelligence for business growth, and navigating the regulatory environments in Florida and Alabama. The day will conclude with an appreciation reception and awards dinner featuring entertainment by Them Sweeney Boys and the recognition of industry leaders.

On Friday, May 17, a sponsored trivia breakfast and discussions on key industry topics will occur. The industry trade show will showcase 100 booths, including an inside display from Plainscraft Cabins. This will be a large trade show, and all exhibitor spaces are sold out. 

The conference will end with sessions about campground development and construction, ADA compliance, exploring unexpected partnerships for ancillary income, and a closing cracker barrel session on pertinent industry issues.

The FRVCA conference has seen consistent growth and improvement. Notable sponsors for this year’s event include Vacavia Cottages and Cabins, Access Parks, and many others.

As the conference approaches, Cornwell highlights numerous instances where attendance led to valuable insights and connections with seasoned professionals and suppliers. “Coming to the conference saved park owners and their developers hundreds of thousands of dollars in the long run – what they learned at the conference set them in the right direction,” he said.

To learn more about the 2024 Florida and Alabama Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo, visit rvparkconference.com.

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Casey Sprint
Casey Sprint
May 6, 2024 7:14 pm

Did you know that FRVCA is gearing up for its annual Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo this May? It’s a fantastic opportunity to delve into the latest industry trends, network with like-minded individuals, and soak up valuable insights to stay on top of your game.

hannahbanana
hannahbanana
May 6, 2024 8:46 pm
Reply to  Casey Sprint

Looking forward to connecting with industry experts and learning from top-notch speakers at the upcoming event. Your insights are truly valuable.

Uri Woods
Uri Woods
May 6, 2024 11:06 pm
Reply to  hannahbanana

Your experiences shine brightly. together, we’re a force! Keep embracing growth and sharing wisdom. Did you know that every connection amplifies our journey?

NoraLake
NoraLake
May 6, 2024 7:23 pm

The upcoming Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo sounds like a blast with all the cool workshops and speakers lined up. Can’t wait to explore the latest camping trends and boost our business!

Sandra Thomas
Sandra Thomas
May 7, 2024 4:23 am
Reply to  NoraLake

Excited for the new trends at the conference. Let’s gear up for success together. Can’t wait to see you there!

AliceWander
AliceWander
May 7, 2024 5:11 am
Reply to  Sandra Thomas

Can’t wait to explore the latest trends with you! Let’s gear up together. See you there! Did you know outdoor hospitality is a booming industry worldwide?

Emily Taylor
Emily Taylor
May 7, 2024 2:16 am

Isn’t it exciting to see campground businesses and suppliers gearing up for the upcoming outdoor hospitality conference? It’s a chance to share ideas and embrace new ways to grow together!

Erin Shade
Erin Shade
May 7, 2024 6:24 am

Are you ready for a boost in your outdoor hospitality skills at the FRVCA Annual Conference & Expo this May? The vendor showcase is a must-see for the latest industry trends and tech. Don’t let this opportunity slip by!

sunshine942
sunshine942
May 7, 2024 6:31 am

The upcoming FRVCA Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo sounds like a fantastic opportunity to connect with industry leaders and learn new strategies for guest experiences and revenue growth. Don’t forget to check out the innovative trends from top companies – it’s a great way to stay ahead in the outdoor hospitality game!

odinroamer36
odinroamer36
May 7, 2024 11:02 am

Can you believe the FRVCA Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo is almost here? Pack your sunscreen and swimsuit for some poolside networking fun alongside those educational sessions. It’s like mixing business with pleasure! Get ready for a fantastic time in the sun!

Kyla Moon
Kyla Moon
May 7, 2024 11:38 am

The Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo promises cool workshops on sustainable camping practices and lively discussions on boosting guest experiences. Can’t wait to learn and network there!

WebGrid1237
WebGrid1237
May 7, 2024 3:10 pm

Excited for the FRVCA’s upcoming annual conference and expo in May? Let’s take your outdoor hospitality business to new heights! Don’t forget to check out the exclusive vendor showcases and network like a pro. This event is a golden opportunity to grow and connect in the industry.

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