KOA 2009 convention logoNearly 500 representatives from 250 Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) from throughout the U.S. and Canada will be represented at the 47th Annual KOA International Convention starting Tuesday in Houston, Texas.

The convention with the theme “Explore The Opportunities . . . Together!” begins with a special session of KOA’s WorKamper University. This one-of-a-kind training session for KOA Workampers will provide this elite group of camping professionals with additional training on KOA’s proprietary KampSight campground operating system, as well as training to enhance workampers’ recreation program management skills, according to a news release. KOA owners will also take part in the training day, which includes a job fair to match KOA owners and workampers for the upcoming camping season.

The convention’s official opening session will be Wednesday, and the KOA Expo, with more than 110 industry vendors, will be held Thursday.

Special KOA awards – included the coveted KOA Franchisee of the Year Award – will be also be announced Wednesday.

The convention concludes Friday, with a special KOA Owners Association auction to benefit KOA Care Camps for children with cancer, a network of 44 specialized summer camps throughout North America.