In a move that underscores the dynamic evolution of the outdoor hospitality sector, Kansas City is set to host a landmark panel discussion at the 2023 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE) in November. As the industry grapples with rapid changes, private campground owners and operators are keenly watching trends, seeking insights that will shape their strategies for the coming years.
The panel, organized by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (National ARVC), promises to be a melting pot of ideas, with luminaries from diverse sectors of the industry sharing their visions. Paul Bambei, National ARVC president and CEO, will steer the conversation, touching upon topics that resonate with campgrounds, from the smallest family-run sites to expansive luxury resorts.
Toby O’Rourke, president and CEO of Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA), will delve into the future landscape of outdoor hospitality. Her insights are particularly pertinent for private campground owners, as they navigate the balance between traditional camping experiences and the emerging demands of a new generation of campers.
Rafael Correa’s perspective, rooted in his experience as chief financial officer with Blue Water Development Corp., will offer a deep dive into the cultural shifts that are reshaping the industry. As glamping and luxury accommodations gain traction, understanding the economic implications of these trends is crucial for operators looking to diversify their offerings.
Harp Development Owner Amir Harpaz’s collaboration with the Cherokee Nation stands as a testament to the power of storytelling in brand development. His journey in creating the Cherokee Resort in TN offers a blueprint for campground owners on how to weave local narratives into their brand ethos, enhancing the guest experience.
CEO & Creative Director Ali Rasmussen’s “cosmic camper” brand identity for Spacious Skies Campgrounds is a masterclass in innovative branding. As sustainability becomes a buzzword, her approach offers a roadmap for campgrounds to integrate eco-friendly practices while crafting a unique brand voice.
Todd Wynne-Perry’s transition from the hotel sector to the world of luxury campgrounds and glamping with AutoCamp highlights the convergence of hospitality sectors. His insights are invaluable for private campground owners looking to elevate their offerings, blending the best of traditional camping with luxury experiences.
In a press release, Paul Bambei encapsulated the spirit of the event, emphasizing the need for the industry to stay ahead of the curve.
“As the world continues to evolve, so does our industry, and we want to make sure we’re communicating what’s happening and where we’re going with our members,” said Bambei. “We’ve gathered some of the best, brightest, and most influential leaders in the outdoor hospitality industry to kick off the Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo this year in Kansas City. It’s about more than just exploring the exciting future of outdoor hospitality, it’s a conversation around how we are ensuring its prolonged success”.
The OHCE2023 is not just a platform for discussions; it’s a beacon for the future, guiding private campground owners and operators towards sustained success in a rapidly evolving landscape.
Beyond the panel, the OHCE2023 promises a plethora of opportunities for learning and networking from November 6-9. From breakout sessions to hands-on workshops, it’s an event that no stakeholder in the outdoor hospitality industry can afford to miss. Those interested in being part of this transformative journey can register at arvc.org/ohce.
As the outdoor hospitality industry stands at the cusp of a new era, events like OHCE2023 are pivotal in shaping its trajectory. For private campground owners and operators, it’s a golden opportunity to glean insights, adapt to changing dynamics, and ensure their ventures not only survive but thrive in the years to come.
Featured image from National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).