The Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CARVC) has announced that Toby O’Rourke, the president and CEO of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) will be keynoting its annual spring conference in 2023, which runs from Feb. 5-7 at the Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront in Myrtle Beach, S.C., according to a member email sent out Wednesday (May 25) morning.
“KOA is the world’s largest system of private campgrounds and a leader in outdoor hospitality with over 525 franchised and company-owned locations across North America, as well as Terramor Outdoor Resorts, a new glamping venture with a flagship property in Maine,” states the email. “KOA publishes the North American Camping report each year. This industry-leading, annual research initiative details the camping habits and preferences of North America’s campers. This year, the report takes a close look at how camping is leading the recovery of the travel sector.”
Registration for the annual conference is set to kick off in September. This past February, the conference attracted more than 150 campground owners, employees and developers, as well as more than 40 vendors.
In other news, the association also noted that S.C.’s House Bill H3765 did not pass in the state’s Senate. The bill would have given park owners, in conjunction with law enforcement magistrates, the clear authority to remove guests when necessary.
“After flying through the House, without a single dissenting vote, the Senate sat on it for over a year,” noted the member email. “After two hearings and all questions answered, all that was needed was a vote. CARVC’s Lobbyist Rob Chumley worked for two weeks to bypass the committee and bring it to the Senate floor before the session ended. The vote in the Senate never took place. CARVC will continue with its efforts in the passage of this bill next year. The strategy will be the same in the House, but in the Senate, a companion bill will be needed.”