27th Mid-Atlantic Coastal States Campground Conference & Trade Show

Campground owners and managers along the Mid-Atlantic Coastal states region can FOCUS ON THE FUTURE of the 2018 camping season when they attend the 27th Annual Mid-Atlantic Coastal States Campground Conference and Trade Show (MAC), March 12 to 14 in Dover, DE. The 3-day conference will feature 2 keynote luncheon speakers, 12 educational seminars, and over 30 exhibitors. This year the seminars will help attendees focus on the upcoming camping season and beyond.

"Each year the Annual Conference acts as a kick-off to the camping season. Campground owners gather and share ideas, network, and prepare for the upcoming season.", Joann DelVescio, event organizer, commented. The conference will focus on the theme of "Focus on the Future". Joann has gathered a variety of industry speakers for educational seminars that will help campground owners have a successful 2018 season. Nicole Poisson from KOA will speak on the latest camping stats and trends during Tuesday's lunch. Katie Denis, Vice President, US Travel Association will speak during Monday's lunch about the US Travel Association initative, Project: Time-Off. The Trade Show, featuring companies and products for campground and RV park owners, will be held on Tuesday, March 13th. The show allows owners to purchase products and services and free up time in the spring to focus on opening their campgrounds.

The conference isn't all business, DelVescio said. Monday evening at the Dover Downs Race Track, a race will be named in honor of the conference and Tuesday evening will feature the Annual Banquet & Auction. "This is a fun evening where everyone, including the exhibitors, are invited to socialize, share stories, reconnect with old friends and make new", she continued. Joann also hopes to see many new campgrounds from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland at the conference this year.

The easily accessible and convenient location of the conference, the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, DE, offers campground owners a chance to relax before the start of the season. If you are interested in attending or would like more information please contact Joann DelVescio at 609-545-0145, NJCOA@CampNJ.com.

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MAC TENTATIVE SCHEDULE*

MONDAY, MARCH 12

10 AM - 11 AM The Future - The Girl Camping Movement

Janine Pettit, GirlCamper.com

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Preparing for the Future, Is Your Financial House in Order

Larry Oxenhamm, American Society for Asset Protection (ASAP)

12:30 PM- Lunch PROJECT: Time-Off - A US Travel Association Initiative

Katie Denis, Vice President, US Travel Association

2 PM -3:30 PM The Digital Future, Refining 'Social' Networking Skills

Presented by Curtis Coleman, RVillage.com Founder

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Propane Safety

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Long Term Marketing, How is Your Brand Recognition?

Dave Holak, Dave Holak Design

7 PM Dinner

TUESDAY, MARCH 13

8 AM - 9:15 AM Is Your Insurance Policy Ready for the Future?

Warren Oliver, Scirocco Group

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Don't Be Shocked! Electric Code Updates

10:45 AM -12 Noon Campground Bloopers and Blunders

Lead by Scott McGourley, Timberline Lake Campground, NJ

and a Panel of Campground Owners

12 Noon - Lunch Camping Industry Statistics

Nicole Poisson, KOA Franchise Development Manager

1 PM - 5 PM TRADE SHOW IS OPEN

5:15 PM - 6 PM Practical Technology for the Campground Owner

Monica Frazer, Baker's Acres Campground, NJ

7PM Banquet and Auction

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14

8:30 AM- 10 AM BE ALERT! Safety, Security, and Human Trafficking

Delaware State Police

10 AM- 11 AM Predicting What your Customers Want

Ira Rosen, Professor/Program Director

School of Sport, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Temple University, PA

11 AM- 12:30 PM Cracker Barrel

Led by Judy LaPorta, Little Oaks Campground, NJ

*Times of Seminars Subject to Change

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