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  • COE Enjoys an Energetic First Day in Branson, Mo.

    COE Enjoys an Energetic First Day in Branson, Mo.

    The Campground Owners Expo (COE) continues on Thursday (Dec. 1) in Branson, Mo., after a busy first day on Wednesday. The COE kicked off its second annual conference with a full morning of educational sessions on Wednesday that focused on a variety of topics including merchandising, camper activities, employment issues, graphic designing, legal issues, Quickbooks and […]Read More »

Industry Videos

WCM’s Park Update: Rue Mapp, of Outdoor Afro, on Diversity in the Outdoors
Rue Mapp, the founder of Outdoor Afro, joined WCM's Park Update to discuss the organization's efforts to provide access to the outdoors to underserved groups. She talks about the success and growth of her organization and the overall growth of more diverse populations taking part in RVing and camping. Enjoy the show!
WCM’s Park Update: Previewing the Campground Owners Expo
Danielle Todd & Lori Severson, organizers of the Campground Owners Expo, along with Dennis Steinman, founder of Plainscraft Covered Wagons, join WCM's Park Update to talk about the upcoming Campground Owners Expo in Branson, Mo. Severson and Todd both note that they are expecting an even larger show than last year, along with more experiential opportunities and educational sessions. Steinman highlights the expo portion of the show, which is expected to be even larger this year. Enjoy the show!
WCM’s Park Update: KOA CEO Toby O’Rourke on Company’s Outlook
Toby O’Rourke, the CEO and president of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) joins WCM’s Park Update to talk about the tremendous growth of the company — over 300% since 2011 — and the health of the industry as KOA continues to aggressively expand. O’Rourke discusses KOA’s new headquarters which are being built in Billings, Mont.; how competition has impacted its ability to acquire parks; the company’s decision to build more parks; its expansion of the Terramor brand; how KOA is encouraging its parks to add EV chargers and more. Enjoy the [...]
WCM’s Park Update: KOA’s Convention Set to Celebrate 60 Years
Kama Humphrey, KOA’s director of training and events, joins WCM's Park Update to discuss the franchise system's upcoming convention in Orlando, Fla., from Nov. 14-17. Humphrey notes that the conference will feature a variety of educational sessions, an IdeaXchange, a large expo and some exciting entertainment options. 
WCM’s Park Update: Nat. ARVC on Upcoming OHCE in Orlando
WCM's Park Update featured David Basler, vice president of membership and marketing at the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (National ARVC), and Susan Motley, National ARVC’s senior director of education and events, during its most recent show at 3 p.m. EDT on Oct. 18 and discussed National ARVC’s upcoming Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) in Orlando, Fla.
WCM’s Park Update: Previewing Camp Jellystone’s 2022 Symposium
Nearly a year after being acquired by Sun Outdoors, Camp Jellystone is ready to gather its franchisees at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston, S.C., from Nov. 6-9. Marley Behnke, Camp Jellystone’s director of franchise education, joins WCM’s Park Update to give a preview of the conference and what attendees can expect.

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