Oglebay, West Virginia, is set to host the 31st annual George O’Leary National School of Outdoor Hospitality in 2024, as announced by OHI. This prestigious week-long program, renowned in the industry, opens its registration to professionals seeking to enhance their skills in the field of outdoor hospitality.
The program, held in the scenic locale of Oglebay, offers a unique blend of educational experiences tailored for outdoor hospitality professionals. It is designed to impart essential business management principles and practices, with a specific focus on the unique needs of the outdoor hospitality sector.
Susan Motley, vice president of Member Programs at OHI, emphasizes the dual benefits of the program.
The George O’Leary National School of Outdoor Hospitality isn’t just about gaining knowledge; it’s about forging connections,” Motley says. Her statement underscores the program’s role in not only educating participants but also in fostering a community among industry professionals.
The curriculum is structured to cater to both newcomers and returning professionals in the industry. First-time attendees, referred to as Year One students, receive foundational knowledge about current trends and management principles in outdoor hospitality. This initial phase culminates in the awarding of the Outdoor Hospitality Management (OHM) certificate.
For returning participants, the program offers a more advanced curriculum. These Year Two students engage in in-depth industry analysis and practical application activities. Their successful completion of this phase earns them the Outdoor Hospitality Professional (OHP) certificate.
The registration fee for the program includes several key components. Participants will have access to instruction led by industry experts, all necessary classroom materials provided electronically, and daily meals throughout the week. Additionally, a certificate of completion is awarded to all who fulfill the program’s requirements.
For campground and outdoor hospitality operators, the George O’Leary National School of Outdoor Hospitality presents a valuable opportunity. The skills and knowledge gained from this program are directly applicable to the management and enhancement of campgrounds, RV parks, and other outdoor hospitality ventures.
Operators who participate in this program can expect to return to their businesses with fresh insights and strategies for success. The focus on industry-specific management principles means that the knowledge is directly transferable to the day-to-day operations of outdoor hospitality businesses.
Moreover, the networking opportunities provided by the program are invaluable. Participants will connect with peers and industry leaders, fostering relationships that can lead to collaborative ventures and shared best practices.
The 2024 George O’Leary National School of Outdoor Hospitality at Oglebay, WV, represents a significant opportunity for professionals in the outdoor hospitality industry. It offers a comprehensive educational experience, valuable networking opportunities, and the potential to significantly impact the success of outdoor hospitality businesses.
For more information or to register for the program, visit OHI’s website at OHI.org/NationalSchool.