Outdoor Conference Reports Record Attendance

Attendees network during OHI's OHCE2023 conference in November in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Outdoor Hospitality Industry (OHI) reported its 2023 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE2023) set attendance and revenue records.

The show was conducted Nov. 5-9 in Kansas City, Missouri.

OHI said $50 million in business was booked at the show, as reported by exhibitors and a third-party research firm. The conference set an exhibitor record as well with 175 vendors. Show attendance totaled 1,245, exceeding last year’s attendance by 100.

Paul Bambei, OHI President and CEO said the show is, “a testament to the buying power OHI members have. Our members are a diverse group—from small independently-owned, family campgrounds to corporate-owned mega parks and everything in between—and they all make purchases at the OHCE Expo that made up this year’s record-breaking number.”

OHI officially announced the association’s name change from ARVC at the show.A picture of the OHCE2023 exhibit floor. OHCE2023 had record numbers of vendors and attendees.

OHI Chief Strategy Officer David Basler said, “It was the perfect show to announce the launch of OHI to an audience of so many OHI members and industry leaders. After a year of development that started with surveys and focus groups interviewing hundreds of members, to be able to share such a significant brand change with so many engaged members was an absolute thrill. From the moment we made the announcement, the buzz of excitement elevated the show.”

OHCE2024 will take place Nov. 4-7, 2024, in Oklahoma City.

“We are going to continue to improve the show based on exhibitor and attendee feedback,” Bambei said, “so that next year’s Expo in Oklahoma City is even better.”

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