Nantahala Outdoor Center has announced its title sponsorship of the 2010 Outdoor Industry Association Rendezvous in Asheville, NC. OIA's Rendezvous is an annual leadership conference for the outdoor industry, and NOC along with the Asheville Chamber of Commerce welcome these leaders October 5-7, 2010.
â€œIn a way, we're welcoming home a group whose industry is a fundamental part of why the Asheville area is such a compelling destination,â€ said Tim Lampkin, Director of Convention Sales & Group Services at the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau. â€œThis is a region that celebrates its natural treasures, so we heartily welcome the businesses and associations that help us make our natural assets economic ones.â€
Rendezvous will bring together leaders from across the country for a week of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, recreation and entertainment, capped off with a volunteer service project to give back to the host community.
â€œWe are excited to partner with NOC for Rendezvous 2010 and look forward to bringing the industry to Asheville next fall to showcase their efforts, as well as all the density of outdoor recreation and retailers in the area," said Ann Obenchain, vice president of marketing and member services for OIA. "NOC's leadership as a business in the Southeast and as a retailer in the outdoor industry is paramount and we are looking forward adding more paddlesports and retail influences to the event with their help."
On the final day of Rendezvous, OIA attendees will give back to the community by working together to cleanup recreation areas in and around Asheville. This event will prove to be a special opportunity for leaders in the outdoor industry to make an impact on Asheville's outdoor and paddling communities.
Nantahala Outdoor Center is the nation's largest outdoor recreation company. Over a half million guests visit NOC annually to embark on a diverse collection of more than 80 different whitewater rafting and land-based itineraries, learn to kayak at NOC's world-renowned Paddling School, travel to 12 foreign countries with NOC's Adventure Travel program, test the latest outdoor gear and shop at its flagship retail stores or enjoy NOC's resort amenities such as its four restaurants and multi-tiered lodging. A privately-held, employee-owned company, NOC is one of the largest employers in Western North Carolina and 22 Olympians and Olympic coaches have called NOC home. NOC has been recently recognized by The New York Times as the â€œNation's Premiere Paddling School,â€ â€œThe Best Place to Learnâ€ by Outside, and as â€œOne of the Best Outfitters on Earthâ€ by National Geographic ADVENTURE.
For more information, please visit http://www.noc.com/index.php/oiarendezvous.html, or call NOC's Media Contact Barbra Rodichok @ (800) 232-7238 ext. 7185.