Hundreds enjoyed the OHCE’s Welcome Reception on Monday (Nov. 4) evening. Photo credit: Katie Maynard Photography and ARVC.

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds’ Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) kicked off on Monday (Nov. 4) with Takeaway Tours and an all-day National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 1194 Certificate course.

Taking place in Knoxville, Tenn., from Nov. 4-7 at the Knoxville Convention Center, today’s agenda will feature the first full day of educational sessions along with the opening general session. ARVC’s Young Professionals group will also vote on its new chair during its meeting this evening and host a networking event at a local bowling alley.

David Basler, vice president of membership and marketing, told WOODALLSCM.com that so far more than 720 attendees had registered to take part in the conference, a 40% increase over the 2018 OHCE.

“As for vendors we are up 22% year over year and the best news for attendees is 35% of those are completely new vendors,” he said. “Attendees at OHCE this year are going to have so many unique experiences. This year’s conference schedule features more networking opportunities, more education sessions taught by new instructors, and a larger expo than ever to provide our members with the best chances to connect with vendors and get business done.”

ARVC is also going to be hosting “Campfire Sessions” on the expo floor that are modeled after TED Talks, he explained.

“They are going to be 20-minute educational sessions that will include some time for Q&A from the audience,” he said. “A lot of the speakers for these sessions will be from outside of the industry and they will be talking about a diverse range of topics.”

Members will also get a chance to vote for Area 1 and Area 5 representatives during ARVC’s annual membership meeting on Nov. 7. ARVC’s “Awards of Excellence” dinner and the ARVC Foundation Auction are set to wrap up the conference later that evening.

For a full schedule of events, attendees can download ARVC’s OHCE app. Sponsored by CampLife, the app also provides social media interaction and photo sharing capabilities, designed to help spread the excitement, and a local attractions section with links to special discounts only for ARVC members.

“People come to OHCE to learn and network, and all of that is more effective when they can be focused on the present, not memorizing schedules and anxious about missing any last-minute changes. CampLife creates technology to help park operators do more with ease and focus on human experiences, so sponsoring the ARVC-OHCE app was a natural fit for us,” says Tyler Duffy, CampLife president. “Our team will be using the app to maximize our time at the conference.”

To download the ARVC app, search the Apple or GooglePlay stores for “ARVC-OHCE.” Once the app is downloaded, use the event code OHCE2019 to access the app.

For further information visit arvc.org/OHCE