The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will hold two annual meetings in 2003 as a result of a decision to eventually reduce the number of association gatherings that RVIA board and committee members must attend.
This summer, the RVIA board decided to schedule its annual meeting in March, the traditional time of year for the event. But the board also decided earlier this month to hold a second annual meeting in September of 2003, according to Mary “Mike” Hutya, the RVIA’s vice president of meetings and shows.
Beginning in 2004, however, there will be no annual meeting in March. The only annual meeting for 2004 will be in September of that year, Hutya said.
Next year’s second annual meeting will take place in mid-September, so it won’t conflict with the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show, which takes place during the first half of September, and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Convention/Expo, which occurs near the end of the month.
The location for next year’s September annual meeting had not been determined, although Hutya said a site in the Midwest “would make sense.”
The March meeting is scheduled for March 6-10 at the Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort in Maui, Hawaii.
The last few years, attendance was disappointing at RVIA annual meetings and some RVIA board members were worried about scheduling a gathering in Hawaii because of the time and expense required to make the trip.
The board eventually agreed on Hawaii because previous annual conventions there were among the RVIA’s best-attended.