Shane Ott, director of campground relations for Thor Industries Inc., delivers the closing address today (April 21) on the topic of “RV Industry Trends” at the ReV up In Reno RV Park and Campground Western Convention and Trade Show at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nev.
The three-day conference drew more than 100 campground owners and operators from California and nearby Western states. It is being sponsored by the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) and associations from Arizona, Idaho and Oregon.
In a keynote address on Monday, Caroline Beteta of the California Commission on Travel & Tourism shared statistics for tourism for the last 18 months on the national and state level.
“There was a slight uptick in tourism activity in January,” relayed Debbie Sipe, CalARVC executive director, in summarizing Beteta’s presentation “but the bad news is — there’s still a long way to go for the general tourism industry to recover all the jobs lost in this economy. But, perceived as afffordable vacation options, RV parks and campgrounds are poised to have a great summer. Caroline’s enthusiasm is contagious and as you know RV parks and campgrounds are uniquely positioned to help families stay connected and vacationing even in a down economy.”
Delegates have been attending engaging seminars, evidenced by the discussions in the hallway about the topics they’ve just heard, Sipe said.
Also this week, attendees took part in a trade show, received a ”State of the Industry” from Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and acquired treasures in the Silent Auction.
Today brings more seminars and conclusion of the trade show.
Opening day Monday (April 19) saw 110 California campground delegates get off to a good start at the “ReV Up in Reno” RV Park and Campground Western Convention and Trade Show at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nev.
The conference kicked off at noon with Carolyn Beteta, executive director of the California Travel and Tourism Commission and former chairwoman of the U.S. Travel Association, who spoke during the opening lunch.
“She did a phenomenal job,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director and CEO for the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC). “There was a lot of great information and two sets of seminars yesterday, followed by our annual meeting.”
The energy is up among those in attendance and everyone is looking forward to today’s events, according to Sipe.
“Today we start with an opening keynote address with Linda Profaizer, ARVC president and CEO, more seminars and then the trade show,” she said. “We’re just getting into the convention itself.”
Tonight there will be a presentation to award the California Stan Martin Award — the recipient of the award will remain unnamed until after the ceremony. The award is given to someone who has contributed greatly to the camping industry in the state of California, and for their overall commitment and passion for the industry.
“So far people are very excited and they are very pleased with the diversity of seminar offerings and the quality of speakers,” Sipe said. “We look forward to hearing from each of them.”
The conference concludes Wednesday.
Rev Up in Reno, an event that brought together some 200 campgrounds owners and operators from several western states in the spring, will return April 19-21, 2010, at John Ascuaga’s Nugget hotel and casino in Reno, Nev.
The California Associaiton of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) was the lead organizer for the first-time effort and announced the dates this week.
“The hotel is great and the energy among 200 delegates from across the Western States is an atmosphere not to be missed,” CalARVC stated in its current Coffee Talk & Updates e-newsletter.
More details will follow.