California’s top campground industry officials recently met with a delegation of Chinese tourism industry representatives who are interested in learning how to develop their country’s campground business.

“As China’s economy grows, they have more and more people who are interested in leisure travel in general and camping in particular,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC).

Sipe and other CalARVC officials met with the Chinese delegation Dec. 4 during ARVC’s annual Outdoor Hospitality Convention and Expo (OHCE) in Las Vegas. Joining Sipe were CalARVC President Pamela Hintz of Village Camper Inn in Crescent City; CalARVC Past President Bill Milligan of Rancho Los Coches RV Park in La Mesa, and his wife, Karann; and CalARVC Directors Darrell Sisk of Pismo Coast Village RV Resort in Pismo Beach and Deb Kohls of San Francisco-based Frontdesk Anywhere, who coordinated the meeting.

CalARVC member Paula Turner of Shadow Hills RV Resort in Indio also attended the meeting.

Sipe said the Chinese officials were particularly interested in park model RVs and Yurts because of their affordability and their ability to accommodate people who don’t have an RV or don’t want to sleep in a tent.

They also wanted to learn more about campground hookups and pedestals, said Sipe, who accompanied the Chinese visitors as they met with vendors at the OHCE tradeshow in Las Vegas.

The Chinese delegation included Dr. Lu Zhiyuan, assistant governor of Hainan Provincial People’s Government and director of the Hainan Provincial Tourism Development Commission; Fu Chuan Fu, executive vice mayor of the People’s Government of Qionghai City, Hainan Province; Wang Ke of the Hainan Provincial Tourism Development Commission; and Greg Trevors, a China market representative for Emerald Island Caravan Camping Development, Ltd.

Sipe said the Chinese officials were very appreciative of CalARVC’s time and information and extended an invitation to CalARVC representatives to visit Hainan Province in the near future. For more information on CalARVC, please visit www.calarvc.com and www.Camp-California.com.