Tue Aug 13, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds announces Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) (pictured at right) will give the welcome address at the Opening General Session of AVRC’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) in Knoxville this November.
One of the newest members of the House RV Caucus, Burchett represents Tennessee’s 2nd District, which includes Knoxville, the host city of OHCE 2019.
The OHCE conference and expo is scheduled for Nov. 4-7 at the Knoxville Convention Center.
The opening general session will kick off two days of educational sessions that include a preview of industry trends, networking events and the industry exposition.
The venue is significant because Eastern Tennessee is home to “a strong campground community with tremendous economic and tourism value,” ARVC President and CEO Paul Bambei says. “The outdoor hospitality industry in this part of the state has a strong ally in Congressman Burchett.”
Earlier this year, Burchett met with ARVC representatives at this year’s RVs Move America Advocacy Week, in Washington D.C. It was during that meeting Burchett agreed to become a member of the House RV caucus and to speak at OHCE 2019, Bambei says.
Heather Blankenship (pictured), owner of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., was a member of the ARVC delegation that convinced Rep. Burchett climb on board.
Blankenship, co-chair of the ARVC Young Professionals committee, discussed the value of the outdoor hospitality industry to Burchett’s district, state and the nation, Bambei says.
The House RV caucus is a growing group of national legislators championing the interests of the outdoor hospitality and RV industry at the national level.
OHCE 2019 is a four-day event that includes more than 40 educational seminars, a trade show with more than 120 vendors, tours of local campgrounds, certification workshops, ARVC’s Awards of Excellence program and more.
Schedule updates and registration information for OHCE are available here.