KOA Convention Underway in Georgia
The annual convention for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) owners from throughout North America is underway in Savannah, Ga., at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa.
In a new convention event intended to give back to the host community, KOA owners grabbed their shovels and boots for two “green” community projects on Sunday (Nov. 7) — the first being to help develop wetlands trails along the Georgia coast, the second to deposit oyster shells in oyster beds to improve habitat.
“We want to demonstrate in a very real way KOA’s commitment not just to sustainable camping practices, but we want to give back to the communities we visit,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier.
Also on the convention agenda is KOA’s popular KOA Workamper Job Fair, where KOA work campers from throughout North America will be able to meet one-on-one with prospective KOA owner/employers.
Today and Tuesday, KOA owners and staff will attend several learning sessions covering topics such as lodging best practices, social marketing for their campground, implementing sustainable “green” practices on campgrounds and e-mail marketing, to name just a few.
Wednesday, the last day, features the KOA Expo at which hundreds of campground suppliers and vendors work with KOA owners to gear up for the 2011 camping season with exhibits of everything from KOA Lodges to store supplies. That evening will end with the annual KOA Care Camps Auction.
Each year, KOA owners support KOA Care Camps for children with cancer through a variety of fundraising events including the annual Convention Auction. Funds raised through the auction go directly to send children with cancer to one of 44 specialized summer camps throughout North America.