b"say they are going to camp the sameNext were the Park of the Year AwardsCyndy Zbierski was honored with thethe floor than at last years conference, amount or more in 2023 is important forthat are given in four categories: small,ARVCFoundationsAbove&Beyondnoted Basler.business planning when it comes to op- medium, large and mega. Award.He also told WCM that vendors re-erations and marketing for the comingParks honored include:The ceremony also included the Pio- mained busy throughout the two-day year and the outlook of the industry as a Small Park CategoryAnvil Camp- neer Award, Stan Martin Award and Unityexpo.whole.ground in Williamsburg, Va.through Generosity award, three of Na- There are a lot of new buyers coming Other key data points from the report: Medium Park CategoryJellystonetional ARVCs most prestigious honors. to OHCE and they are interested and en- 93% will camp the same amount orPark of Pelahatchie in Pelahatchie, Miss.The Pioneer Award recognizes earlygaged in the industry, Basler explained. more in 2023.industry leaders and visionaries whoseWe have also seen a lot of attendees that99% say quality standards are impor- groundbreaking efforts have contributedwere new last year that have returned. tant and 8 in 10 will pay more for theover the years to the growth and successWhich is also a good thing.added security.of the RV and campground sector of theNext years conference is going to be Themostpopulartoolstofindoutdoorhospitalityindustryandwasheld in Kansas City in early November. campsites are search engines, word ofawarded to Jay Jamison, CEO and gen- National ARVC has created an interest mouth and review sites.eral manager of Pismo Coast Village RVlist for people wanting to be the first to46% will find their next adventure onResort.get news about OHCE2023 in Kansas social media.The Stan Martin Award recognizes in- City and has already started signing upPopular communication forms: 83%dustry leaders whose tireless commit- sponsors for the event. email,43%textmessagingand29%Expo vendors remained busy throughout the show. ment to the RV park and campgroundNext years event is going to be even phone.sector of the outdoor hospitality industrybetter than this one, Basler said. Our82% would rent RVs through a peer-Large Park CategoryVerde Ranchis evident in their involvement, leader- networking events are going to take over to-peer platform.RVResortandSunOutdoorsRockyship,creativityanddedication.This'KC Live' and the College Basketball HallCampers will travel 179 miles fromMountainsyears Stan Martin Award recipient wasof Fame in the downtown Power and home to get to a campsite. Mega Park CategoryOcean LakesMichael Hobby, of Moon Landing RVLight District, and an even larger con- Campers spend on average $50 perFamily Campground in Myrtle Beach,Park & Marina.vention center space will allow our Expo person/per day or $200 per day/per siteS.C.The Unity through Generosity Awardand Hosted Buyer Program to grow next for a family of four.The Supplier of the Year Award waswasgiventoMarciaGalvin,ofNor- year as well. We are looking forward to ThereportisavailabletoNationalgiven to Campspot. mandy Farms Family Camping Resort.working with our event partners at Visit ARVC members and can be accessed atTheStateLeadershipAwardwasBasler pointed out to WCM that Na- KC and our host partnering state associ-qrco.de/GCR2022.given to Scott Kolluck, owner of Vistational ARVCs Hosted Buyer meetingsation, the Missouri Association of RV Awards of ExcellenceRoyalle Campground and president ofwent very well, and dozens of attendeesParks and Campgrounds, on making During an awards luncheon on Nov. 9,theWisconsinAssociationofCamp- and vendors took part in the meetings.OHCE2023 another memorable experi-National ARVC handed out its annualground Owners (WACO).Hosted Buyer meetings allow participat- ence for everyone. Awards of Excellence.State Directory of the Year Awardsing vendors and attendees to meet, inYou can join the OHCE2023 Interest The afternoon began with a recogni- were handed out to:private, at scheduled times and give at- List to be among the first to hear news tion of the Plan-It Green Parks of the Year.SmallNew Hampshire Camp- tendees a way to earn back their OHCEaboutOHCE2023andtoenterfora Parks honored include:ground Owners Associationadmission fees. chance to win two tickets to a KansasSmall/Medium Park CategoryMediumCamp MichiganOn the expo front, Basler said that Na- City Chiefs game. Cuervo Mountain RV and Horse Hotel inLargePennsylvaniaCamp- tional ARVC had a record-breaking numberIfyouareasupplierinterestedin Stanley, N.M.ground Owners Associationof attendees take part in this years expo,showcasing your brand at OHCE2023 Large/Mega Park CategorySan- The Campground Partner of the Yearwith more than 130 vendors taking part.or sponsoring the event (or a portiontee Lakes Recreation Preserve and SunAward was given to Christa Neundorfer,Even with some no-shows due to theofit),contactGaryHeadrickat Retreats Avalon.manager of Aspen Grove RV Park.hurricane, we still had more vendors ongary.headrick@arvc.org WCMWOODALLSCM.comJanuary 2023 25"