Citing low attendance, the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) announced in its newsletter that it would be postponing its annual convention.
Despite the success of this year’s event in Las Vegas, CalARVC said that the financial and resource commitment to produce a convention is well over $100,000 and documented attendance at CalARVC and other industry conventions has been in a steady decline over the past six years.
The newsletter stated that “Our members have always brought home valuable information and insights from the convention. They have always connected and built relationships with each other and vendors. In this day and age of the Internet, smart phones and social media, fewer and fewer people are willing to take time off of work and invest in off-site meetings, even when they admit it has always been worth the time and investment in the past.”
CalARVC said that over the course of the next 12-18 months a task force will be created to explore new models for delivering education to California parks, providing needed ways to network, and connecting vendors to California RV parks and campgrounds.
CalARVC’s Debbie Sipe noted, “I was thrilled so many of our vendors and members wanted to support the gathering of Californians. Our vendors were so generous, we have enough funds to seed a regional meeting somewhere in California. Wine Country RV Resort of Paso Robles was quick to offer their park located in the midst of the Central Coast wine region.”