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Campground owners and managers from Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and New York have registered for the 27th Annual Mid-Atlantic States Conference and Trade Show, March 12-14 in Dover, Del.

The three-day conference being held at Dover Downs Casino Hotel will feature speakers, seminars and a trade show, according to a press release.

The conference theme is “Focus On The Future”, with 11 informative seminars that will help campground owners have a successful 2018 season. The trade show has about 30 exhibitors featuring products for campground and RV park owners.

The trade show will have feature specials and discount pricing for those in attendance.  There is still exhibit space available at the trade show for any vendor who may be interested in participating.

The Monday (March 12) lunch will feature a keynote address by Katie Denis, vice president of the U.S. Travel Association on the U.S. Travel initiative PROJECT: Time Off.  On Tuesday, Karen Redfern, vice president of the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) brand marketing will be giving an update on RVIA marketing activities including the Go Camping America campaign.  Nicole Poisson, franchise development manager for Kampgrounds of America will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday evening banquet.

The educational seminars are scheduled throughout the day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The annual auction will be held on Tuesday evening and there is still an opportunity for companies to donate an item for the auction.

“The conference is meant to be an educational opportunity for campground owners, as well as a great networking event,” according to Joann DelVescio, executive director of the New Jersey Campground Owners Association and the conference’s coordinator. “Both evening dinners are events where attendees, including the exhibitors, are invited to socialize, share stories, reconnect with old friends and make new friends.”

The conference will close out on Wednesday morning with a cracker barrel led by Judy LaPorta, of Little Oaks Campground.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information,  please contact Joann DelVescio at 609-545-0145 or NJCOA@CampNJ.com.

Seminars include:

  • The Future – The Girl Camping Movement – Janine Pettit, GirlCamper.com
  • Preparing for the Future: How Campground Owners Can Become Invincible to Lawsuits and Save Thousands in Taxes Larry Oxenhamm, American Society for Asset Protection
  • The Digital Future, Refining “Social” Networking Skills – Curtis Coleman, RVillage.com
  • Propane Safety – William Frame, Suburban Propane
  • Long Term Marketing, How is Your Brand Recognition – Dave Holak, Dave Holak Design
  •  Is Your Insurance Policy Ready for the Future? – Warren Oliver, Scirocco Group
  • Don’t Be Shocked! Electric Code Updates
  • Campground Bloopers and Blunders – Scott McGourley, Timberline Lake Campground and a panel of campground owners
  • Practical Technology for the Campground Owner – Monica Frazer, Baker’s Acres Campground
  • Be ALERT! Safety, Security and Human Trafficking – Detective Joshua Rowley, Delaware State Police
  • Predicting What Your Customers Want – It’s All About the Experience – Ira Rosen,  Professor, School of Sport, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Temple University