b'Campground Owners of New York Cancels Annual Exposition and Trade ShowDuetotheongoingCOVID-19pandemic,the wasdifficulttoenvisionaneventthatcouldbe for executing the associations annual membershipboard of directors of Campground Owners of New deemed successful while also mindful of safety pre- meeting,budgetvote,inductionofofficersandYork (CONY), voted in early Au- cautions. membership awards program, which typically takegust to cancel the associations Board members were primarily concerned that place during the annual exposition, as well as op-57th Annual Exposition for the people wouldnt attend, and rightly so, because of tions for regions to hold their annual meetings thisOutdoorHospitalityIndustry the risk of getting infected and bringing it home to fall.and Trade Show, according to a family members, said Bennett. There were also Looking ahead to 2021, CONY is targeting datespress release. concerns that the expo could be burdened by added in mid to late April for its annual spring zone meet-The exposition was slated to expensesrelatedtohealthandsafetymeasures, ings.take place Oct. 26-28 in Niagara which would have to be covered by registration fees, For more information about Campground Own-Falls, N.Y. and that mandates might limit the number of peo- ers of New York, including membership enrollment,AccordingtoCONYsPresi- ple that could attend. visittheassociationscorporatewebsiteatDon Bennett, Jr. dent & CEO Don Bennett, Jr., it The exposition committee is looking at options www.CampCONY.com. WCMARVCContinuestoToutNewHosted Buyer Program for OHCEExcitement is growing around the Expo with suppliers that provide a variety of op-at the National Association of RV Parks erational products and services for the RVand Campgrounds (ARVC) virtual Outdoor park sector, including electrical services,HospitalityConference&Expo (OHCE) park model RVs, online reservations sys-from Nov. 2-5 largely due to ARVCs new tems and other technology. She said sheHosted Buyer Program, according to ARVC would have signed up for the Hosted Buyerspokesmen. Program even without the opportunity toAttendees participating in the Hosted have her registration fee refunded.Buyer Program will be able to connect di- Its always nice to get something forrectly with exhibitors offering the products free, but Id be there anyway, she said. Iand services that interest them and, at the guarantee well do enough business withsame time, get their registration for free. somebody to pick up the cost.This unique feature of OHCE2020 will Steve Bledsoe, global strategic accountbring qualified decision-makers and ex- managerforARVCMemberBenefithibitors together through pre-scheduled Provider Club Car, is a supplier who will bevideo meetings at the virtual Expo. Camp- participatinginthevirtualExpoatgroundowners,operatorsandgeneral OHCE2020. Club Car a manufacturer ofmanagers who are interested in becoming small-wheel, zero-emissions electric vehi-Hosted Buyers can easily apply while reg- cles and they offer an exclusive memberistering for OHCEthe process only takes discount to ARVC members, up to 25% offabout five minutes. One hosted buyer will MSRP select models (to lease or own). Hebe accepted per park, and those who are said the virtual Expo and the Hosted Buyeraccepted and attend a minimum of five Program will give attendees an easy waypre-scheduled video meetings with ex- to learn what exhibitors have to offer.hibitors at the OHCE2020 virtual Expo will Were all there for the same exact rea-have their registration fees refunded. son, he said. Though were there selling,KellyKnight,presidentofBergheim we are also there to make attendees livesCampground Inc., an ARVC member who better, their jobs easier and their offeringsis in the process of developing a 250-site more enticing for the campers.resort-style RV park in central Texas, has While the Expo is always beneficial foralready registered and been accepted as attendees, says ARVC, participating in thea Hosted Buyer. She said the application Expo can be a worthwhile investment forprocess was easy, ARVC reported, and exhibitors too: a recent survey shows thatshes excited about the opportunity to con- 90% of OHCE attendees purchase from ex-nect with participating exhibitors. hibitors at the Expo or within six months ofIm really wanting to connect with sup- the show.pliers who can help educate me in what OHCE2020 registration is open now andwere going to need and to possibly engage can be found at arvc.org. To register as athem as we proceed forward, she said. I Hosted Buyer, click on the Hosted Buyerwanted to become more educated, so I option during the registration process tojoined ARVC, and when the Hosted Buyer take full advantage of what the virtual ExpoProgram came along, I thought it was the at OHCE2020 will have to offer.perfect timing. Im hoping it will be an effi- To reserve a spot as an exhibitor orcient way to make those connections. sponsor of the show, reach out to GaryKnight said she is interested in meeting Headrick at (303) 681-0401 ext. 130. WCM6 -October 2020Woodalls Campground Management'