Mid-Atlantic Campgrounds Meet in Delaware
Campground owners from New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia gathered for the 20th annual Mid-Atlantic Coastal States Conference for Campground Owners at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Dover, Del., March 8-9.
Forty campgrounds and 90 people enjoyed a “bling bling” atmosphere, according to a news release.
“Being our 20th anniversary, we decided to have a ‘Bedazzled in Dover’ theme,” explained Jay Otto, executive director of the New Jersey Campground Association. Otto and wife, Marji, were this year’s conference planners.
“People dressed up with bling and we had a contest for ‘the most bling.’ Everyone loves the location of the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. The hotel is a very clean non-smoking hotel, home to a NASCAR track and they have harness racing in the evening. The conference is a great chance to get some educational sessions and network with fellow campground owners.”
Mid-Atlantic campground owners are optimistic about the upcoming camping season.
“All of the RV shows in our region have been well attended — attendance has been up at all of them and talking to RV dealers at some of these shows they are excited about sales,” Otto said.
Thirty-six vendors were on hand during the trade show, which is more than in past years, Otto added.
Four CPO-sanctioned educational seminars included:
- “Using Youtube in Your Business” and “13 Low or No-cost Guerilla Marketing Tips,” with Evanne Schmarder, Roadabode Productions.
- “Where We Are and Where We’re Going in the ARVC Industry,” with Jeff Sims, director of membership and public affairs for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
- “Addressing Wi-Fi capacity and Internet Industry Trends,” Eric Stumberg, CEO of TengoInternet.
Otto said there was a lot of talk about technology uses at campgrounds, including Wi-Fi and applications for SmartPhones.
Next year’s conference is set for March 6-7 at a location to be determined.