COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — For the first time in many years, Colorado’s campground owners are gathering for their annual conference at a campground: Colorado Springs KOA. The event is on March 7 and 8, and it dovetails with an industry program that is occurring the day before at the same facility.
The ARVC Foundation Practitioner Certificate for NFPA 1194 seminars will be on March 6. According to the ARVC Foundation, the program “is designed to ensure that park owners and operators have an in-depth knowledge of the current standards for RV Parks and Campgrounds. This will provide practitioners with knowledge of best practices and the necessary resources to work with regulatory agencies when designing or modifying existing facilities.”
Campground owners from all over, including members and non-members of ARVC, are encouraged to attend all three days. This year’s CCLOA conference, which is all about industry information and inspiration, as well as networking and comradery, is outlined on CCLOA.org.
Attendees will hear a presentation by Mark Douglass, RVing Accessibility Group, which is set to provide ways to embrace ADA compliance. The goal is to ease some of the fear and the overwhelming concerns that many campground owners feel when ADA is discussed.
The industry suppliers will host their expert sessions, providing insight, services, programs and products that are geared toward easing the burdens or enhancing the campgrounds.
Peter Pelland of Pelland Advertising will give a cyber security presentation similar to that which was well received at ARVC’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference in Raleigh in November.
Executive Director Mary Arlington says, “It’s with great pleasure and appreciation that we’ll also be launching what’s tentatively being called our Founders Memorial Scholarship Fund. Since we did a soft launch late last year, it’s now become more than just scholarships. The full scoop and its new name will be unveiled at our conference.”
Many campground owners will be taking home their supply of the 2018 Camp Colorado Guide. It has an all-new layout and design, which the campers are enjoying. Distribution began in early January, so it’s already available at welcome and visitor centers, many RV dealerships, and of course orders through our website.
In other news, the association is more actively promoting camping in Colorado through a matching grant that was awarded by the Colorado Tourism Office. David Ozburn, President, says, “Out of 50 applications, 28 were awarded. We’re very fortunate to have been awarded our full request. It’s helping us achieve a farther reach on behalf of our members. Campgrounds can do much more when they band together than one can do alone.”
Arlington says, “We’re enhancing existing outreaches and trying some new ones. We’re now blogging on a regular basis, the printed guide has a new format and the distribution includes new territories, and we’re more engaged in social media. We’re already seeing more clicks from our social media to our website, and that’s important.”
Arlington reports, “For the conference, we’re seeing registrations from some members whom we haven’t seen in a while. There’s still time so I’d be thrilled to see many more, and I hope the attendance is grand for the ARVC Foundation NFPA sessions.”
SOURCE: Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association press release