ARVC Chairman Mark Anderson’s Top 10 Reasons to Attend Association’s 2009 InSites Convention
As reported by Mark Anderson, ARVC chairman.
While there are many more than 10 reasons to attend this year’s InSites Convention at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., I will try to keep the list short and to the point:
#10 – Orlando is a great place with lots of fun things to do (including the Disney Behind-the-Scenes Tour).
#9 – The times they are-a-changing and you absolutely must stay on top of those changes to continue to grow and prosper.
#8 – Is this a good time to expand and add or change amenities? You can learn so much from your peers, the many educational offerings and the very knowledgeable experts at the Expo.
#7 – What’s new in technology and how can you take advantage of it?
#6 – There are many top-notch educational sessions that you cannot afford to miss, whether you’re new to the business or an old guy like me.
#5 – You want to have a say in where the industry and ARVC are heading by voting for your board of director representative.
#4 – What’s the latest on the GoCampingAmerica web page and how can you put it to work for your bottom line?
#3 – You can see first-hand all the latest and greatest products and innovative services available for your business under one roof at the Outdoor Hospitality Expo.
#2 – The best NETWORKING opportunities: You will really enjoy and get so much benefit out of talking to your fellow park owners and operators from around the country. It’s always good to know that you are not alone out there – people across the country are having the same issues.
#1 – You’ve worked hard; you deserve to have some FUN; you’ve earned a nice vacation (especially when it will profit your business at the same time). Come for the camaraderie, fun and the opportunity to strengthen your business. Learn more about the 2009 InSites Convention and Outdoor Hospitality Expo and register online at www.arvc.org.
ARVC Planning Plenty
Of Exciting InSites Events
Attendees can look forward to several exceptional events including:
- Light Up Orlando – Monday, Nov. 9, 7-9 p.m. – This year’s convention kick-off will feature smooth jazz sounds with local celebrity DJ Brian Morgan (bring your dancing shoes!), a variety of food stations, and a warm welcome to a world of excitement.
- Foundation Golf Outing – Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7:30 a.m. – Golf for a good cause at one of America’s TOP 40 new golf courses – Shingle Creek Golf Club. An entry fee of $150 includes range balls, riding cart, GPS, lunch, contests, gifts, and prizes. Calloway and Taylor Made club rentals are available. The Foundation golf outing is an opportunity for ARVC members and guests to network and relax while enjoying a day on the links. All proceeds will benefit the ARVC Foundation – your industry education advocate.
- ARVC Foundation All-Star Party + Auction + Sweepstakes – Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6:30-9 p.m. – Ready for a “sporting” good time? Don your rally cap and prepare for the Superbowl of the InSites 2009 convention. Bring your competitive spirit and prepare for a slam dunk auction of fantastic items including your favorite sports heroes, past and present. It’ll be a race to the finish line with this year’s Home Run Derby Sweepstakes. Squares will be available for purchase all week leading up to this exciting event.
- Academy Awards Gala – Thursday, Nov. 12, 6-9 p.m. – ARVC is rolling out the red carpet for the 2009 ARVC Awards of Excellence. Join us as we celebrate excellence among our peers in the areas of operations, marketing and management.
- The evening will also commemorate Leisure Systems Inc./Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park’s 40 fabulous years with the Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation.
RV Park & Campground Mgt.
School Scholarship Opportunities
Scholarship opportunities are available to RV park and campground owners, operators, staff and those interested in the program who may not be currently employed in an RV park or campground. Early applications are necessary in all cases. Awarding of a scholarship does not guarantee school attendance – a separate registration is mandatory. Take a moment to review the states and businesses that are offering this year’s scholarships as well as further details about their individual requirements at campgroundschool.org/ScholarshipOpportunities.htm.
First National Recreation
Study Group Completes Work
The Outdoor Resources Group completed its 18-month study and released its report on July 6. The Report contains eight recommendations, including providing permanent funding of $3.2 billion for the Land Water Conservation Fund, greater public and private promotion of recreation and nature education for America’s youth, elevation by Federal agencies of greater priority for regional or landscape conservation, a new nationwide network of water trails and Blueways along rivers and coastal waterways and creation of a new agency in the Department of the Interior to oversee outdoor recreation comparable to the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The National Parks Second Century Commission is expected to complete its work and submit its recommendations in September.