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OHCE2023 Expo Sets New Industry Benchmark with Over $50M in Sales

The Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE2023) concluded recently, marking a historic moment for the industry with sales exceeding $50 million. 

This record-breaking achievement underscores the event’s significance as a hub for innovation and economic growth in the outdoor hospitality sector.

The Expo, renowned for its diverse range of activities and showcases, has become a pivotal event for industry professionals. This year’s edition not only featured the largest number of exhibitors in its history, with 175 participants including over 30 park models and glamping accommodations, but it also set a new standard in sales volume.

Photo courtesy of OHI.

A notable highlight was the collaboration between Harp Development and Wizard Works Design Group, culminating in a $3 million deal for a comprehensive water park project. This deal, shared by Amir Harpaz, owner of Harp Development, exemplifies the Expo’s role as a premier platform for significant industry transactions.

Photo courtesy of OHI.

Paul Bambei, president and CEO of OHI, emphasized the Expo’s status as the industry’s leading show, attributing its success to the diverse buying power of OHI members. This diversity spans from small, family-owned campgrounds to large corporate parks, all contributing to the record sales figure.

David Basler, OHI’s chief strategy officer, shared the excitement surrounding the launch of OHI at the Expo. The announcement was the culmination of a year-long development process involving extensive member engagement, highlighting OHI’s commitment to evolving with industry needs.

The event’s success was further amplified by its record attendance. With 1,245 attendees representing more than 1,600 outdoor hospitality businesses, OHCE2023 surpassed the previous year’s attendance record, demonstrating the industry’s growing interest and participation in the event.

Photo courtesy of OHI.

Educational opportunities were abundant, with numerous breakout sessions and panels. The “Future of the Industry” panel and advocacy discussions provided insights into the sector’s trajectory and legislative impacts. These sessions offered valuable knowledge for campground and outdoor hospitality operators, equipping them with the tools to navigate the evolving landscape.

The Hosted Buyer Program and Takeaway Tours were instrumental in facilitating direct interactions between attendees and exhibitors, contributing significantly to the Expo’s sales success. These programs provided unique opportunities for attendees to engage in meaningful discussions, fostering relationships and business growth.

Networking events like the Slam Dunk Networking Reception and A Night Among the Stars Networking Reception offered attendees a chance to connect in a relaxed setting, further enhancing the community spirit of the industry.

Looking ahead, preparations for OHCE2024 in Oklahoma City are already underway. 

Featured image from OHI.

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March 16, 2024 8:12 pm

Isn’t it cool how the OHCE2023 Expo set a new sales record this year? I was really impressed by the sustainability initiatives on display and the networking opportunities that sparked collaborations. It’s awesome to see the outdoor hospitality sector growing and evolving in such a positive direction!

May 23, 2024 11:54 pm
Reply to  vintageVic

Yeah, it’s pretty awesome to see how the OHCE2023 Expo smashed that sales record this year! Just goes to show the impack it’s making in the industry. Thanks a bunch for adding these insights. I really appreciate it!


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