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New Berlin, PA – A new company, Campground Expositions, backed by several influential businesses in the Campground industry, is preparing to launch the first VIRTUAL convention in the outdoor hospitality industry. The 3-day live on-line Internet event, slated to take place on November 1-3, 2010 is called “The Virtual Outdoor Hospitality Expo. ”

The convention, held entirely on the Internet, has the appearance of the real event, with a registration area, exhibit halls, a conference center for webinars, a lounge, press room and unlimited space for it all. Because the show is on the Internet, this will become the first International outdoor hospitality event, attracting exhibitors and attendees from all over the world. The Expo will target RV parks, campgrounds, resorts, lodging cabin parks, marinas, state and national parks, dude ranches, outfitters and guiding companies, canoeing, paddlesports, fishing and hunting camps.

Although the LIVE show hours are officially Noon – 6 PM Eastern Time during the days of the expo, the exhibit booths will remain open for several months following the event and exhibitor materials will remain accessible and viewable to campgrounds around the US and internationally.

Campground Expositions has already received booth and sponsorship commitments from major suppliers from the campground industry. Show Producers have emphasized that this virtual convention will not replace the reality- based conventions held by hospitality associations, but is a supplement to shows that already exist.

However, a virtual expo does have some major advantages to exhibitors and attendees alike. Most importantly, the reduced cost for attending will result in savings of all travel and related costs for both attendees and exhibitors. For exhibitors specifically, additional savings will result from avoiding hotel accommodations, food costs, car rentals, shipping and drayage, booth furnishings, decoration and personnel registration fees. It is anticipated that exhibitor savings will also result in special show offers and discounts for shoppers.

All booths at the Virtual Outdoor Hospitality Expo will be 4-booth islands and all will contain the most current audio and video technology. Attendees will be able to have a video and audio chat with exhibitors, view or download the exhibitor’s catalogs or promotional materials, view websites or e-mail addresses or actually call the exhibitor via telephone.

Conversely, exhibitors will have instant complete information on the attendee who has “entered” their booth or they can locate a visitor who is anywhere in the virtual convention center.

Campground Expositions will also offer educational events along with the expo including expert keynote speakers and others who will be conducting the webinars at the convention. Attendees will be able to view these webinars live or download webinars that have already been run. A complete schedule of events will be listed in the Show Directory that will contain the names of all sponsors and exhibitors, booth locations and all personnel “manning” booths. Attendees can merely click on the Sponsor’s or Exhibitor’s name to be taken to their booth. The Directory will be viewable and downloadable to every attendee or any other campground whether they attend the event or not.

Producers of the event have stated that they will be announcing the names of participating sponsors and exhibitors in the near future. They have stated that many of the media outlets for the industry have committed to advertising the event in order to attract attendees.

The Producers hope to obtain the cooperation and the participation of the US State and Regional Associations and the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC). They also will be contacting the European Federation of Campingsite Organisations, which represent resort and campground owners from 22 Countries, the Caravan, RV Accommodation Industry of Australia, Top Tourist Parks of Australia and the Canadian camping associations who they hope will also participate in the Expo.

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