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OHCE2023 Among Top 50 Fastest-Growing Trade Shows

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OHI (formerly National ARVC) announced that its award-winning Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE) has again been named one of the 50 fastest-growing trade shows in the country by Trade Show Executive magazine. This prestigious recognition underscores OHCE’s impact on the outdoor hospitality industry and highlights its exponential growth trajectory in recent years, the organization said.

This comes after OHCE2023, held in Kansas City, Missouri, surpassed all expectations, set new records and provided opportunities for industry professionals. “With a range of events and a showcase of industry excellence, OHCE2023 solidified its position as a premier platform for networking, innovation and professional development,” OHI said in a release.

The OHCE2023 show floor. Photo courtesy of OHI.

A highlight of OHCE2023 was the success of the expo, where exhibitors reported collective sales exceeding $50 million. This milestone, verified by a third-party research firm, reflects the value generated at the event. From small independently owned campgrounds to corporate mega parks, OHCE attendees seized the opportunity to enhance their businesses and drive real economic impact within the industry.

“We are honored to be recognized alongside other leading events as one of the fastest-growing trade shows,” said Paul Bambei, president and CEO of OHI. “OHCE has always served as a catalyst for innovation for our industry, and OHCE2023 continued that tradition while setting some pretty impressive records along the way.”

In addition to record-breaking sales, OHCE2023 also witnessed the largest number of exhibitors in its history, showcasing more than 175 industry-leading companies, including more than 30 innovative park models and glamping accommodations. The event attracted almost 1,300 attendees representing more than 1,600 unique outdoor hospitality businesses, surpassing previous attendance records and setting a vibrant atmosphere of networking and growth.

As OHI prepares to build upon the success of OHCE2023, anticipation is mounting for the upcoming OHCE2024 in Oklahoma City. With the opening of Expo sales and a commitment to continuous improvement based on attendee feedback, OHCE2024 promises to raise the bar even higher, delivering value and opportunities for industry professionals.

“We are always looking to improve upon the previous year and introduce new content, speakers and fun at OHCE,” said David Basler, chief strategy officer for OHI. “Attendees this year are going to experience an OHCE like no other. Some approach events with an ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ mentality, but we prefer to always be improving, reimagining and surprising our attendees with unique experiences.”

OHCE2024 will be held Nov. 4-6 in Oklahoma City. Secure a booth or sponsorship at OHI.org/Expo. Attendees can register at OHI.org/OHCE.

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