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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida and Alabama Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds confirmed this afternoon Westgate Resorts will lead its glamping discussion panel at the Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo at Disney Springs.
As previously announced, Florida and Alabama Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds is hosting the conference May 7 to 9.
“There is a lot of change and excitement in the outdoor hospitality industry since we came out of the recession in 2008,” said Bobby Cornwell, the association’s president and CEO.
“RV shipments have hit all-time records high over the past couple years, which fuels high occupancy rates at our member parks, he explained. “In fact, many parks are reporting they are expecting to be 100% sold out for the 2020 winter season.
“Unique outdoor accommodations for non-RVers at campgrounds and dedicated resorts are also seeing a massive growth in our industry,” said Cornwell. “Many of our member parks, campgrounds, and resorts are telling us they are increasing the mix of yurts, safari-tents, cabins, cottages, teepees, luxury trailer rentals, and more, as the demand for them grows.
“Much of the growth is attributed to millennials, and there is no better place to be than our yearly conference if you want to learn where the industry is heading, and listen to many of our experts speak,” he added.
The trend for roofed-accommodations, also known as glamping, will be discussed at this year’s conference at a dedicated panel.
“We are always fortunate to have local park operators as well as, national operators with local presence, such as Sun Communities, ELS, and KOA, attend and contribute to our conference,” he explained.
“However, this year we are excited to also welcome Westgate Resorts, a major national player in the hospitality space, to lead our panel on glamping,” he added. “Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo offers a truly unique outdoor hospitality experience and we are very eager to listen to their representative on our panel.
“Even though space is very limited at this point, we do have a handful of attendee and vendor spots available,” he explained.
“I would like to extend the invitation to any park, campground or individual(s) who have never attended our conference and expo, to come and join us,” he added. “I guarantee that if this is your first year attending, you will want to come back every single year.”
For additional information, or to register for the conference, call 850.562.7151.
SOURCE: Florida/Alabama Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds press release