InSites Begins Week from Today in Nashville
The annual InSites Convention & Outdoor Hospitality Expo sponsored by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) kicks off a week from today at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel & Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Over 500 member park owners and several hundred industry suppliers, leaders and affiliates will gather for four days of networking, educational seminars, the Outdoor Hospitality Expo, and evening events filled with Nashville’s finest country music and perhaps even a few award-winning country stars.
Each year at the annual InSites convention, RV park and campground owners are given the opportunity to share business ideas, attend the expo, learn more about the latest industry trends, attend educational seminars for Certified Park Operator (CPO) credits and the opportunity to learn about a variety of issues that can help improve their parks and their businesses.
Linda Profaizer, ARVC president, commented that, “Our InSites Convention & Outdoor Hospitality Expo, is always a productive and fun-filled week for attendees. It is an opportunity for owners and operators of our nation’s RV parks and campgrounds to come together to share ideas and learn about the latest technologies, products, and services that will enable them to best serve the camping public customers.”
The convention kicks off on Nov. 12 with the first ever Newcomers Orientation, sponsored by Kampgrounds of America. This early-morning event is a salute and welcome to all our new members and those interested in joining ARVC. Immediately following is the welcome breakfast and the annual meeting. During this time, the state of the industry will be discussed.
Some other notable highlights of the week include the General Session and Harmony Luncheon also on Nov. 12, sponsored by Leisure Systems Inc., franchisors of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks.
This year’s motivational speaker is Brian Biro. Known as ‘America’s Breakthrough Coach,” Biro will present “The Unstoppable Spirit,” a presentation that provides insight on thriving and excelling in the face of abrupt change, genuine adversity, and immense obstacles.
The Outdoor Hospitality Expo kicks off that night with more than 100 exhibitors displaying the latest products, services and technologies for the industry. The expo will then re-open on Thursday, Nov. 13, and will close Friday afternoon Nov. 14. There will be no concurrent educational sessions during expo hours to offer attendees the opportunity to focus entirely on the exhibits.
On Thursday night, Nov. 13, Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton impersonators may lend a helping hand to auctioneers at the ARVC Foundation’s Music Row Live Auction. The auction which benefits the ARVC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the largest fundraising activity each year and raises money to support the foundation’s purpose of providing education and growth in the outdoor hospitality industry. One of the large ticket items being auctioned off this year is a vacation rental in Breckenridge, Colo., thanks to park model manufacturer Chariot Eagle.
ARVC also is packing InSites 2008 full of legendary Nashville entertainment. “A Night at the Opry” on Friday, Nov. 14, showcases the best of Nashville in just one night. Attendees will enjoy dinner at BB King’s restaurant followed by a show at the Grand Ole Opry in the historic Ryman Auditorium. This long-running show, which hasn’t missed a broadcast since it first took to the airwaves in 1925, has been the undisputed home of country music and an attraction for millions of fans and visitors from around the world.
These are just some of the many events that ARVC has on tap at InSites 2008, plus much more, including a geocaching demonstration and treasure hunt, educational seminars on environmental camping and trends, and cracker barrel sessions for parks to share their latest secrets.