A portion of the Chinese delegation that visited the Louisville Show this month.

A portion of the Chinese delegation that visited the Louisville Show this month.

Editor’s Note: RVIA Today Express, a publication of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), provides this update on the visit by a delegation from China to the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. As first reported by RVBUSINESS.COM, the visit was deemed a success.

A large delegation representing the growing Chinese RV industry attended this year’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, meeting with U.S. manufacturers and suppliers, touring the show booths, and attending a reception RVIA hosted in their honor.

The delegation of approximately 60 included Chinese manufacturers looking to form joint ventures with U.S. manufacturers, companies looking to develop campgrounds in China, government officials, and private equity firms. One delegation was led by the Beijing office of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Several RVIA member companies reported enjoying substantive conversations with the Chinese delegates about the burgeoning industry’s plans for the future.

“I was impressed by the number of Chinese representatives who attended this year’s show and the great interest in RVing that seems to exist among the Chinese people,” said RVIA President Richard Coon, who was interviewed extensively by Chinese media during the show. “Next year, the Department of Commerce hopes to bring an even larger delegation over and to schedule additional meetings between U.S. and Chinese manufacturers.”

In addition to attending the National RV Trade Show, some of the Chinese delegations also visited campgrounds in Nevada and California as well as RV manufacturing facilities in Indiana and California.

In May 2008, a delegation representing the American RV industry attended the 2008 China RV and Camping Show in Shanghai. The American delegation encouraged Chinese manufacturers to adopt U.S. standards and educated Chinese government officials on internal infrastructure issues within China that might affect the RV market there.