The California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) has shelved its plan for a Western association convention and opted instead for a state meeting, which will be held March 1-2 in the Anaheim area.
CalARVC is just one of several state associations re-evaluating the convention concept.
CalARVC Executive Director Debbie Sipe wrote about the plan in the recent issue of the CalARVC News newsletter.
“With the decline in attendance at traditional convention and trade shows, a couple of years ago four Western state RV park and campground associations, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon and California teamed up to create “Rev Up In Reno,” a multi-state convention and trade show that was meant to increase attendance and get our members re-enthused.
“We thought it was a great idea! Well, I can’t say we fell flat on our faces, but it definitely brought us to our knees. So, in an effort to find new ways to deliver education to California RV parks and campgrounds, we went back to the drawing board and penciled out a format for “The CalARVC Road Show.”
“Unfortunately, with an unforeseen budget shortfall, the Road Shows had to be put on hold until the 2011-2012 membership year. Not to be discouraged, we forged ahead and now in the works is the “Education Forum” for California RV Parks & Campgrounds tentatively scheduled for early March 2011 in or near Anaheim.
“This won’t be your parents’ convention. This will be a mean and lean event. We have scheduled two days full of education with five hours set aside to eat and visit with vendors.
There will not be the formal trade show.We will create a market place with table tops rounds and the chance to interact with the vendors. They are as much experts in our industry as are the speakers and our peers. The theme of the event….’Get Your Smarts ON!”’