In a bid to increase attendance at its upcoming 2011 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo, the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) recently launched “The Battle for Savannah” — a contest to determine which states can draw the greatest percentage of full registrations to the expo compared to last year’s program.

The 2011 event will be held Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Savannah, Ga., according to a news release.

To be eligible, a state’s registration growth of 20% year-over-year must be achieved. Four association categories — large, medium, small and non-affiliated — will be tracked based on the current number of member parks within each state. The winning state in each category will be awarded a check rebating 50% of all the registration fees collected for that state by ARVC.

Additionally, a grand prize of $5,000 will be awarded among the three affiliated categories — large, medium and small — to the state with the greatest overall growth percentage.

The promotion is being held in conjunction with newly adjusted pre-registration fees providing a discount of up to 40% for those parks registering for the expo no later than Aug. 31. The new fee structure offers newly reduced rates based upon park size plus an additional 10% off for recurring attendees from the same park.

ARVC will post running Battle for Savannah results on www.arvc.org every other week. Those interested in registering for the 2011 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo may do online at www.arvc.org.