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Outdoor Hospitality’s State and Future Slated at ARVC Expo

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A distinguished panel will be giving their opinions on the current state of the outdoor hospitality industry as part of an opening session panel discussion at the 2023 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo, put on by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).

This year’s expo is Nov. 6-9 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Paul Bambei, president and CEO at National ARVC, will facilitate the panel and provide important direction and insight on topics of national interest that will impact campgrounds large and small. Distinguished panelist Toby O’Rourke, president and CEO of KOA, will provide her vision of the future, including the headwinds and tailwinds heading our way.

Bringing a unique perspective not only on park ownership but also park management for many top industry organizations, Rafael Correa, chief financial officer at Blue Water Development Corp., will discuss cultural changes in the industry, innovative accommodations, and what the economics look like when operators scale toward glamping and the super luxury side.

Industry pioneer Amir Harpaz, owner of Harp Development and multi-park owner will discuss partnering with the Cherokee Nation to develop their new Cherokee Resort in Tennessee and spending considerable time and money developing their brand around storytelling with a branding agency.

The brilliant mind behind one of the most intriguing brands in the industry, Ali Rasmussen, CEO and creative director at Spacious Skies Campgrounds, will discuss what’s behind their unique brand voice, the “cosmic camper” identity and future sustainability.

Todd Wynne-Perry, managing director at Horwath HTL, and CEO and founder of Montare Hospitality Advisors, and a seasoned leader in the outdoor hospitality industry, will discuss the remarkable change in the hotel space over the years and how he’s applied his experience to the luxury campground and glamping space with AutoCamp.

“As the world continues to evolve, so does our industry, and we want to make sure we’re communicating what’s happening and where we’re going with our members,” said Bambei. “We’ve gathered some of the best, brightest and most influential leaders in the outdoor hospitality industry to kick off the Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo this year in Kansas City. It’s about more than just exploring the exciting future of outdoor hospitality, it’s a conversation around how we are ensuring its prolonged success.”

OHCE2023 will also feature 40 breakout sessions relevant to possibility-driven outdoor hospitality professionals, networking opportunities for parks of all sizes, and much more. Register for OHCE2023 here.

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