The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) announced award winners and wrapped up the 2020 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo’s third day with resiliency as a central theme, ARVC stated.
Keynote speaker Gretchen Rubin and several ARVC Awards of Excellence winners shared advice and stories about overcoming adversity after a challenging year.
“The ARVC Awards of Excellence announcements are always a highlight of OHCE,” President and CEO Paul Bambei stated. “These individuals and businesses represent the pinnacle of our industry, and we love getting the chance to recognize them in front of their peers this week. There are always so many deserving nominees, but these winners truly stand out and deserve the recognition for elevating our industry!”
ARVC’s highest honor, the Stan Martin Award, was given to Bobby Cornwell, executive director of both the Florida and Alabama associations of RV parks and campgrounds.
ARVC’s Awards of Excellence include Park of the Year awards, presented to standout parks and individuals in the outdoor hospitality industry. Parks were judged in four categories: Small, medium, large and mega.
This year, Beaver Dam Campground in Berwick, Maine received the Small Park of the Year award. Medium was awarded to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest in Harrisville, Pennsylvania. The large park award was given to Evergreen Campsites & Resort in Wild Rose, Wisconsin, and the mega winner was Myrtle Beach Travel Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
“The winners of these awards this year all faced extreme challenges early in the year, fearing for the survival of their businesses, before rallying to have record-setting years and earning these accolades,” Bambei stated. “It is a testament to the strength of the owners and staff, and of the industry, that this was able to happen.”
See more information on all ARVC Awards of Excellence winners here.
Wednesday was the event’s final education sessions, with nine speakers sharing key insights and practices across five learning tracks. Area Town Hall meetings also took place, when ARVC members gathered to network and discuss their region’s business and governance.
The ARVC Foundation Silent Auction enters its final day today, with a deadline to bid on 40 donated items. ARVC Foundation is hosting the auction to help those in need throughout the outdoor hospitality industry, specifically through scholarship and disaster relief grants.
Check out auction item descriptions here.
Today features the ARVC membership meeting, along with the ARVC Board of Director Area Representative elections results.