Paul Bambei: ARVC Adopts New Confab Timing
Paul Bambei is closing his third year as CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). He spoke on a number of industry topics during an hour-long interview with Woodall’s Campground Management in mid-summer. Highlights of his comments appear in the following story and in a companion piece. Call it a “shake up.” That’s a phrase Paul Bambei, CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), used to describe the 2013 ARVC Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) scheduled for Nov. 4-8 in Knoxville, Tenn. Unlike past years, ARVC has avoided conflicts with many other industry events, such as the KOA Convention, LSI Symposium and the IAAPA Show by putting the conference at the start of the month. The ARVC conference also will not conflict with the annual National RV Trade Show, which is held after Thanksgiving in Louisville, Ky., and big, 50th anniversary celebrations planned by the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) and Campground Owners of New York (CONY). “These are all great shows that were tearing our members apart in terms of which one do they go to. We wanted to eliminate that conflict,” Bambei said. “We will be able to see our friends from the manufacturing side at RVIA (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association) and other shows that conflicted with ours. That won’t be an issue. We’re also avoiding the Thanksgiving holiday.” All told, “This should translate into lower air fares and an easier time to get away.” The ARVC conference will dovetail with the 48th Annual Smoky Mountain Gift Show Nov. 5-8 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, located 25 miles south of Knoxville. The show is popular with campground owners, Bambei noted. “Convenience” is the operative word for the 2013 conference, as Knoxville is located within a 500-mile drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population and a similar percentage of ARVC member parks and campgrounds, Bambei noted. “The whole idea of going to a place like Knoxville makes sense for that time of the year,” he added. “We expect to see a lot of people driving in, including owners in the North who have shut down for the season and are heading South to their winter homes,” he said. Knoxville, a city of 200,000 located in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains and Great Smoky Mountain National Park, will afford ARVC some unique opportunities to offer its members attending the conference, Bambei said. The Hilton Knoxville is the host hotel with the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park as the secondary hotel. The expo will be held in the Knoxville Convention Center. OHCE offers a choice of over 40 educational seminars, all of which are Outdoor Hospitality Education Program-approved and presented by nationally recognized speakers and leaders in the industry. ARVC has expanded educational content to give more learning opportunities. All educational seminars from Tuesday through Friday are now included in the full registration fee. To read the full article click here.