ARVC conference begns in Savannah, Ga.

After two days of pre-conference activities, the annual Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo sponsored by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) officially gets underway today (Nov. 30) in Savannah, Ga.

Held at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort & Spa and the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, ARVC’s Conference and Expo will bring together campground owners and operators from across the U.S. for three days of varied activities all pointing to help them operate their campgrounds and RV parks.

Mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid-60s are expected for most of the week.

“Where Outdoor Hospitality Meets Southern Hospitality” is the theme for the all-new event. The change will be apparent, as the education component has been doubled with an eye on a new name.

“We have completely revamped the program,” said Paul Bambei, ARVC CEO.

The newly revamped conference, offering 43 educational seminars and tracks for various experience levels, also employs a new, more affordable rate structure for attendees. And for those interested in breaking into the outdoor hospitality sector or in opening a park, ARVC’s conference seminars and networking opportunities provide an introduction on how to get started.

“We’ve completely revised the educational program and have created tracks and opportunities for all levels involved in the outdoor hospitality industry,” said Barb Youmans, ARVC senior director of administration and education. “We’re really looking forward to unveiling the new program at our conference.”

The new Outdoor Hospitality Education Program has five track levels beginning with “Outdoor Hospitality Candidate,” which enables startup entrepreneurs to dive in and explore all the industry has to offer. The other levels include “outdoor hospitality associate,” “generalist,” “professional” and “executive.” Each level is specific to the experience and role involvement within the operation.

The keynote address for the general session and opening luncheon today will be offered by Tim Richardson, author of “How to Tap into the Great Wealth of Brain Power!” and the Putnam-published book “Transformation Thinking.” Richardson will show attendees how to think innovatively with their staffs.

Expo attendees will be able to browse the 120,000-square-foot expo hall in search of the latest products, services and technologies, with more than 150 exhibitors displaying their wares. The expo will open Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Based in Denver, ARVC is the national voice of the outdoor hospitality industry. For more information, visit www.arvc.org.