KOA Reports Vendor Surge for Nov. 18 Convention Expo
The camping industry Vendor Expo held each year during Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) annual convention has always been a popular place for KOA owners to do their shopping for the next season.
But this year’s expo, set for Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., is already shaping up to be one of the largest expos in KOA’s 50-year history. The actual convention begins Nov. 15.
“We’ve already confirmed more than four times as many vendor booths as we had at this time last year,” said KOA Director of Training and Events Jenny McCullough. “We are anticipating that this will be one of our largest conventions ever, with nearly 600 KOA owners and managers from throughout North America attending.”
The increased interest in KOA’s 50th Anniversary Convention – both from vendors and KOA owners – mirrors the increase in camping numbers at KOA this year. KOA is reporting a short-term camper night increase of nearly 5 percent over the same time last year.
“We’ve added nearly 60 booth spaces to our expo this year just to try to accommodate the increase in interest,” McCullough said. “We’re keeping booths costs the same as last year because we don’t want any vendors to miss the chance to present their products to our campground owners and managers.”
McCullough said all Expo vendors are also invited to attend the Convention’s Final Night Celebration and KOA Care Camps Auction after the Expo Nov. 18.
Vendors interested in securing a booth at this year’s 50th Anniversary Kampgrounds of America Convention Expo can visit www.koaexpo.com, or call (800) 548-7104, Ext. 7413.