Attendees enjoy a session at OHCE2019.

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) kicks off its 2021 Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) today (Nov. 8) with Takeaway Tours and a Prospective Owners Workshop.

Both of these activities are add-on experiences and give attendees an option to dive deeper into campground ownership.

The Takeaway Tours promise an in-depth look at the operations and infrastructure, allowing attendees to interact with the park’s owners, operators and industry-respected guides, according to ARVC. Attendees will encounter an abundance of lessons and real-life problem-solving strategies, providing new and improved best practices they can “takeaway” and use at their own parks. The Takeaway Tour will also be a great opportunity for the owners of the park to give advice to prospective park owners, especially providing insight about how to create the best business model and infrastructure for success.

ARVC member-parks Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort Asheboro, in Asheboro, N.C. and Oasis of North Carolina, in Pinehurst, N.C., are the featured parks on the tour.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort Asheboro features 100 sites on 100 acres with miles of hiking, biking and golf cart trails. Highlights of the park are its amazing swimming pool, laser tag course (which it offers as a free amenity to campers, two stocked fishing ponds, jumping pillow, playground and more. During their main season (April through October) the park hosts weekend activities, arts and crafts events and themed weekends filled with entertainment for all ages. The park is just outside Asheboro which is a hot family destination because it is home to the North Carolina Zoo — the world’s largest natural habitat zoo with more than 18,000 animals.

Takeaway Tour participants will be able to see first-hand how this ARVC member-park works with that attraction.

Oasis of North Carolina features 62 sites, including full hookups, yurts, park model cabins, tent sites and glamping pods. The park is in the heart of the North Carolina sandhills, centrally located near Raleigh, Aberdeen, Fayetteville, Rockingham Raceway, Fort Bragg and Pinehurst, which is a world-class golf destination and regularly hosts PGA tournaments.

The POW workshop gives prospective owners a crash course of sorts on a multitude of different areas pertinent to park development and ownership.

On Monday evening, ARVC is hosting a sports-themed welcome reception sponsored by RMS North America. Attendees are encouraged to wear gear from their favorite sports team to celebrate the start of OHCE2021. This opening networking event will also feature a live performance from North Carolina-based BMI singer-songwriter Josh Daniel.

ARVC expects near-record attendance numbers this week as it hosts more than 60 educational sessions, a sold-out expo and a variety of networking events.

“After a year of virtual events I think people just want to get out again and see each other face-to-face,” explained Paul Bambei, president and CEO of ARVC. “OHCE is a great chance to network and gather new ideas, see old friends and get business done on the Expo floor.”

To view the full schedule of events, visit www.arvc.org/OHCE.