Virtual Expo Starts New Era for Campgrounds
Starting next Monday (Nov. 1) and continuing for 92 days, the exchange of information for campground owners and the way they purchase their products and services for their facilities will change forever, according to a news release.
“It will change because a small group of suppliers has chosen to participate in the first outdoor hospitality convention to be held entirely on the Internet,” Art Lieberman, produced of the first Virtual Outdoor Hospitality Expo, stated in a news release.
“For 63 exhibitors, a few dozen speakers at webinars and open forums and the campground owners, resort personnel, the press and other interested parties, the International Virtual Outdoor Hospitality Expo will revolutionize the way business is conducted.”
The economy is responsible, in part, for the growth of virtual shows. “Expenses for travel, hotels, food and time away from businesses have accounted for declining attendance at physical conventions. On the other hand, the benefits from conducting a show online offer an attractive alternative,” he said.
He continued, “From their homes, businesses or any place with an Internet connection, an attendee can spend minutes or hours growing their business. There’s no walking necessary, no scheduling needed and, in the case of the Virtual Outdoor Hospitality Expo, absolutely no cost involved. This expo is totally green and accessible to the handicapped. You can view the expo and still vote on Nov. 2 without an absentee ballot.”
The expo is the brainchild of a group of well known suppliers to the campground industry and has expanded into the marina, golf resort, dude ranch, paddlesports and ski industries. Much is owed to Deb Kohls, David Gorin, Peter Pelland, Jim Ganley and Chris Hipple who have supported Lieberman and Deanne Bower in producing the event. Lieberman had the expertise to envision the venture because of his 10-year experience in producing several physical events in various industries. Along the way Tracie Fisher and Evanne Schmarder have contributed a huge amount of time to the project.
“There were bumps in the road and dozens of questions that had to be answered,” Lieberman said. “The software provider has added many new customizations to their standard program to accommodate specific requests from the advisory board. It’s all so new and innovative and will be, for all involved, a new experience. But it had to be tried – it is the 21st century – and will be starting Monday of next week.”
To be part of this new venture log in to the Expo at the site http://pre-show.outdoorhospitalityexpo.com, answering a few questions and then engaging upon this new experience.