The announcement that Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) is going to be hosting a virtual conference in lieu of the traditional in-person event is just a further sign that both national and state conferences in the outdoor hospitality industry could look different for the foreseeable future.

With social distancing guidelines in place, producing an event that brings hundreds of people together under one roof is challenging. From food to educational sessions, how do you keep people safe and still hold a conference that offers value for both attendees and vendors?

To help us sort through what is going on in the world of conference planning WCM Fireside Chats has welcomed Rose Duemig to its June 29 show.

Duemig has over 15 years in the convention and hospitality industry working with conferences for both association and corporate sectors.  Her experience encompasses the entire logistical process of planning and onsite execution of a conference that includes managing budgets, speakers, food and beverage, audiovisual, transportation, VIP management, housing and registration … etc. Meeting sizes have ranged from 10 people to 200,000 throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Her clients have included IBM, Sherwin WIlliams, The World Stamp Association and the American Optometric Association.

Broadcast on both Zoom and Facebook Live, the show is co-hosted by Ben Quiggle, editor of Woodall’s Campground Management magazine and administrator of WOODALLSCM.com (WCM), a publication focused on providing relevant news and information to RV park and campground owners, and Brian Searl, CEO of Insider Perks, a marketing firm that is focused on serving the outdoor hospitality industry.

Cara Braeutigam, from the Canadian Camping and RV Council, is making regular appearances as WCM works to cover the entire North American RV park and campground sectors. Braeutigam shares her perspective on the Canadian outdoor hospitality industry, along with trends and insights.

Attendees are encouraged to register via Zoom, so they can be involved in the discussion. Guests are frequently brought on like a radio call-in show to ask questions and engage with the hosts.

Attendees who want to ask questions or take part in the conversation are encouraged to register and take part as an audience member on Zoom. You can register for Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__aSUTbeuQKGWavBbF5UEsQ

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