Carolyn Beteta

Opening day Monday (April 19) saw 110 California campground delegates get off to a good start at the “ReV Up in Reno” RV Park and Campground Western Convention and Trade Show at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nev.

The conference kicked off at noon with Carolyn Beteta, executive director of the California Travel and Tourism Commission and former chairwoman of the U.S. Travel Association, who spoke during the opening lunch.

“She did a phenomenal job,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director and CEO for the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC). “There was a lot of great information and two sets of seminars yesterday, followed by our annual meeting.”

The energy is up among those in attendance and everyone is looking forward to today’s events, according to Sipe.

“Today we start with an opening keynote address with Linda Profaizer, ARVC president and CEO, more seminars and then the trade show,” she said. “We’re just getting into the convention itself.”

Tonight there will be a presentation to award the California Stan Martin Award — the recipient of the award will remain unnamed until after the ceremony. The award is given to someone who has contributed greatly to the camping industry in the state of California, and for their overall commitment and passion for the industry.

“So far people are very excited and they are very pleased with the diversity of seminar offerings and the quality of speakers,” Sipe said. “We look forward to hearing from each of them.”

The conference concludes Wednesday.