ARVC Cutting Conference Fees for Many Parks
The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has reduced the price of attending its annual Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo by nearly a third for parks with 250 or fewer sites.
The conference is scheduled for Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort & Spa and Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Ga.
“I want small and medium-size park operators and their staffs to come and see what they’ve been missing,” Paul Bambei, ARVC president and CEO, stated in a news release. He said the price reduction was developed in direct response to members who said the high cost of conference registration prevented them from attending ARVC conferences in the past.
Less than 10% of ARVC’s more than 3,000 member campgrounds attended the 2010 conference.
Bambei said ARVC has also reduced conference registration rates for parks that send more than one representative in an effort to recognize and encourage attendance by multiple generations of campground family owners from the same park who have been loyal to ARVC and its state affiliates over the years.
Under the new fee schedule, representatives from parks with 250 or fewer sites that sign up for a full registration to attend the event before Aug. 31 will pay $379 for the first person, a 31% discount from the $550 standard registration rate.
ARVC is also offering to discount registrations by an additional $40 discount for each additional small or medium size park representative who registers for the full registration at the conference before Aug. 31st. This means that parks with multiple representatives would pay only $339 each for their additional representatives.
Bambei said the new fee structure should have widespread appeal across the outdoor hospitality industry, since more than 80% of ARVC members parks have 250 sites or less.
The large park registration fee remains at $449 if registering before Aug. 31 for the first registrant from each large park. However, large parks with multiple registrants will also receive a $45 discount for each additional registrant. That means large parks with multiple representatives would pay only $404 for each of their additional representatives.
“We think our new pricing structure will be very attractive to park operators across the country,” Bambei said, adding that registration fees have been reduced as much as possible, while still ensuring that ARVC takes in just enough revenue to cover its costs in producing the conference.
Bambei said it behooves park operators to sign up for the conference before Aug. 31 because registration fees for all park representatives will revert to $550 per person after that date.
For more information about this year’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo, please visit www.arvc.org.