The conversion of Florida campgrounds into condominium developments and the recruitment of workers for RV dealerships are expected to be prime issues discussed during the Florida Recreation Vehicle Trade Association (FRVTA) 26th Annual State Convention Sept. 7-10 at the Renaissance Orlando (Fla.) Resort at SeaWorld.
“We are trying to find some common ground with Florida campgrounds that we can work with,” said Dave Kelly, FRVTA marketing director. “It is a concern of ours that people have places to stay when they come to Florida.”
Kelly said that about 300 people are expected to attend the gathering, primarily representing Florida dealers, industry suppliers and campgrounds.
A key speaker Sept. 8 will be Bobby Cornwell, president and executive director of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, whose association addressed the condominium issue during its recent convention.
The FRVTA convention theme will be “RVs are Groovy! – A Glance Back…A Look Ahead,” and will feature the “Haight-Ashbury” hospitality suite, a “Hippie Chippie” golf tournament, the “Age of Aquarius” SeaWorld outing and a “Woodstock” costume party and dinner.
Other Friday speakers will include motivationalist Bob Losyk; Jim Carr, FRVTA RV technician training director; and Marc Dunbar, FRVTA’s legal counsel.
Informational break-out sessions subjects on Sept. 9 will include selling at RV shows, sales taxes and audits, reporting large cash transactions, the Patriot Act and Federal Trade Commission safeguards and practical business.
New state officers also will be elected during the convention.