A quote from Benjamin Franklin, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” rang true for Northeast Campground Association (NCA) Executive Director Cyndy Zbierski when she was putting together this year’s spring conference.

“I know everyone is busy, but if you are buying, building or already operating a campground and want to make it the best it can be, then this conference is the perfect fit,” Zbierski told Woodall’s Campground Management. “It features three days of education, peer interaction, new ideas at the trade show and I believe it is an investment that will pay back ten-fold.”

The 54th NCA Conference on Camping & Trade Show will be held from March 16-18 in Danvers, Mass., at the Double Tree By Hilton Boston North Shore. The theme of the conference is “Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity”.

In 2017, more than 300 people attended the annual conference, which features educational seminars, a trade show and auction.

This year, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is going to hosts a practitioner certificate course on NFPA 1194 standards. The all day certificate program will be held on Friday, March 16, the first day of the conference.

Attendees who do not want to participate in the certificate program can still attend the courses if they see something that interest them, according to Zbierski.

Zbierski said that officials running the hotel’s water park, CoCo Key Water Park, are going to give a behind the scenes tour of the water park on Friday, March 16. Something that she said would be a neat learning experience for campground owners and operators who are considering installing water park features at their own parks.

“The tour will go over maintenance and safety issues,” said Zbierski.

Also on March 16, there will be a one-hour panel titled “What Millennials Value”.

NCA attendees take in a seminar at the 2017 conference.

Other educational seminar topics during the conference include “How owners & operators can become invincible to lawsuits and save thousands in taxes”, “Leverage your business on Google”, “Mobile Matters: Technology & Guests”, along with a slew of other topics.

Zbierski said that one of the important things park owners need to keep an eye on in 2018 is how they are marketing their parks.

“Where and how are they marketing their parks,” she said. “Making sure every person that is interested can find them. I went to the Florida RV Supershow and there were people that had no idea campgrounds had rental units. There are also a lot of full-time RVers that are looking for parks to call home and owners need to make sure people can find their parks.”

The trade show will run from Saturday, March 17-Sunday, March 18, and feature more than 70 vendors. Zbierski said they have had eight new vendors sign up so far.

The annual NCA Auction will be held the evening of March 17, with an NCA meeting wrapping up the conference on March 18.

For more information on the show you can click here. Special NCA hotel pricing is good through Feb. 22.

For any further questions you can call Zbierski at 860-684-6389.