China: Growth in RV-Related Businesses

An increasing number of Chinese are traveling wherever the road leads.

RVs share a camping venue in Huairou district. (Credit: Jin Ying/China Daily
RVs share a camping venue in Huairou district. (Credit: Jin Ying/China Daily

With growing demand for recreational vehicles in China and consumers’ shifting travel preferences, experts expect a surge in RV-related business across the country.

“More people are choosing to explore the countryside and hit the roads with recreational vehicle—a home on wheels,” Li Xiang, a professor of tourism at Beijing Union University, told China Daily.

Beijing has seen campsites for RV enthusiasts popping up on its outskirts in recent years, including in suburbs like Fangshan, Huairou, Changping, Yanqing, and Tongzhou.

According to the Beijing Tourism Development Committee, the suburbs are competing to become Beijing’s leading RV-friendly places.

Xu Jielin, a resident in Beijing, said he has always wanted to have a family vacation in a recreational vehicle, but the cost and maintenance of a mobile home has held him back.

“Compared with purchasing a mobile home or trailer, it’s easier to rent an RV at a campsite near Beijing,” Xu told China Daily.

Recreational vehicles intermingle with tents, tables, and barbecues. (Credit: Jin Ying/China Daily
Recreational vehicles intermingle with tents, tables, and barbecues. (Credit: Jin Ying/China Daily

Xu has registered for the 80th International Federation of Camping Club’s massive caravan rally, which is to be held in Beijing starting May 30.

The club has been around since 1932, but this will be its first rally in China.

“I’d love to gain some experience on some short trips,” he said.

Li said the upcoming rally will give a big boost to the country’s RV industry.

“Many Western RV manufacturers are already targeting the Chinese market.”

According to Li, a shortage of RV campsites in China once held back development of this type of recreation.

“Cities nationwide have been coming up with more campsites in recent years, but few of them are close to each other, which has made it difficult for RVers to refill water, recharge electricity, and hygienically deal with the waste and sanitation.”

Li suggested that the government come up with a series of campsites in city clusters—for example to set up several campsites in the Beijing-Tiajin region, so that residents of all three areas can hit the road in their mobile home during vacation, without worrying about being stranded without electrical power or water, or having nowhere to dispose of waste.

Gas stations along the highways could add facilities to serve the need, she said.

As the public gets familiar with this mode of travel, more people will be drawn to it.

The potential for the Chinese RV camping market is immense.

“The future of China’s recreational vehicle industry is bright, and no one wants to miss out on a slice of the cake,” he told China Daily.

In Japan, RV campsites are usually combined with nearby entertainment facilities such as mineral springs, fishing sites, museums, and fairs, he said.

Weng suggested that Beijing should come up with several RV campsites with different themes on the outskirts of the city.

“The campsites don’t have to be large in size, but each should feature in a different theme to enable residents to drive to whichever they like best over the weekend,” he said.

Worth Pondering…

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

—Arthur Ashe

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Favorite RV Recipes Contest Winners Announced

Go RVing Canada announces the winners of its Favorite RV Recipes Contest.

0001header2The contest was launched in early November and encouraged all RV enthusiasts across the country to submit their favorite RV related recipe for a chance to win one of three amazing prizes.

Before finalizing the three prize winners, a ‘top twenty’ list of the submitted recipes was chosen and evaluated by a panel of judges, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, otherwise known as ‘The Cooking Ladies’.

Phyllis and Lamont are RV enthusiasts, the authors of nine cookbooks and former restaurateurs. They combine their appetite for adventure with meeting new people, seeing new places, sampling new foods, and creating recipes.

The grand prize for the best overall recipe and winner of an RV Weekend Getaway was awarded to Valerie Gervais of Ottawa, Ontario for her healthy and unique Baby Spinach and Raspberry Salad.

The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.
The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.

The second prize of a $250 gift card for Williams-Sonoma online was awarded to Terri Gilson of Calgary, Alberta for her quirky Perogy Potato Salad.

The third prize of a six piece set of Wusthof Steak Knives was awarded to Gail McBride of Edmonton, Alberta for her tangy Pickled Shrimp.

In order to choose the top twenty recipes, the Cooking Ladies equally weighed each entry for RV-friendliness, ease of preparation, relevance to the five categories, originality and creativity, as well as proper completion of submission form, taste, and visual appeal.

“We want to thank everyone across Canada who entered the contest and submitted their favorite RV recipe,” said Go RVing Canada Executive Director Chris Mahony.

“We received several delicious and unique entries and selecting the winners was not an easy task. Go RVing Canada will be sharing all of the top twenty recipes with Canadians so that they may enjoy them on their RV travels this year.”

Each one of the top twenty recipes will be revealed over the next twenty days on the Go RVing Canada’s Facebook page (see link below).

The grand prize for the best overall recipe, Baby Spinach and Raspberry Salad, follows:

Baby Spinach and Raspberry Salad with Feta and Balsamic Vinaigrette

This healthy, colorful salad is as beautiful as it is delicious. We use fresh raspberries that we pick-up at the many fruit and veggie stands we come across on our journeys. Using pre-washed baby spinach and jarred feta minimizes preparation.

(Makes 4 servings)

6 cups (1.5L) pre-washed baby spinach

3/4 cup (175 ml) fresh raspberries

2 tablespoons (30 ml) sliced almonds

1stPrizePhoto1 small green onion, chopped

1 150g jar of cubed feta cheese in oil with herbs and spices

2 tablespoons (30 ml)  balsamic vinegar

  1. Layer spinach, raspberries, sliced almonds, and chopped green onions in a large salad bowl.
  2. Scoop half of the feta cubes out of the jar and onto the salad mixture.
  3. Mix 2 tablespoons of the oil from the feta with the balsamic vinegar and pour the mixture over the salad.
  4. Gently toss, serve, and enjoy!

Details

Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers and campground operators.  The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel.

The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 310, Toronto, Ontario M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

Go RVing Canada’s Facebook page: facebook.com/Go-RVing-Canada

Worth Pondering…

Let’s Go RVing! If not now, when?

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Pennsylvania Becomes RV Friendly

Pennsylvania now welcomes RVers with the official “RV Friendly” logo along its highways designed to let travelers know which businesses can accommodate their RVs.

‘RV Friendly’ signage

The Key Stone State recently adopted the popular “RV Friendly” highway sign for use in the state’s local business logo program. The sign is a highly-visible, round, bright yellow reflector with “RV” in the center, according to a news release.

It is designed for roadside businesses—such as gas stations, restaurants, tourist attractions, and lodging/camping facilities—to place on their existing highway gas-food-lodging logos indicating their ability to provide adequate space and resources for RVers.

“We are so excited that the ‘RV Friendly’ logo signs have been approved,” said Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA).

“We’ve been working on this for a while and feel it is a win-win for both RVers and local businesses.”

Lenington said the “RV Friendly” signs prove to be a valuable tool for RVers since they can easily tell which businesses are convenient for them to shop, eat, or fuel up.

Businesses must meet certain requirements in order to be “RV Friendly” such as having high canopies, an adequate turning radius, and 12-foot wide lanes.

Details

Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA)

Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA) is a nonprofit corporation representing nearly 400 RV dealers, manufacturers, campgrounds, component part suppliers, lenders, insurance, and service companies.

Address: 4000 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Phone: (717) 303-0295 or (888) 303-2887 (toll free)

Worth Pondering…

Recreational vehicles are wonderful… To travel by RV is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers, in fact, to see life.
—with apologies to Agatha Christie

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Go RVing Canada Launches Favorite RV Recipes Contest

Go RVing Canada is launching its Favorite RV Recipes contest on the coalition’s new website.

The contest will run until December 24, 2012 and Go RVing Canada is encouraging all RV enthusiasts across the country to submit their favorite RV related recipe for a chance to win one of three amazing prizes, according to a news release.

A ‘top twenty’ list of the submitted recipes will be chosen and evaluated by a panel of judges, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, otherwise known as The Cooking Ladies. Phyllis and Lamont are RV enthusiasts, the authors of nine cookbooks and former restaurateurs.

They combine their appetite for adventure with meeting new people, seeing new places, sampling new foods, and creating recipes.

The winning recipes will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • RV-friendly
  • Ease of preparation
  • Relevance to the 5 categories
  • Originality and creativity
  • Visual appeal and taste
  • Proper submission format

There are three prizes available to be won in all:

  • Grand Prize for Best Overall Recipe: An RV Weekend Getaway, including a Class C RV rental, gas card valued at $150 and a grocery card valued at $150 (Total value $1,050)
  • Second Prize: $250 gift card for Williams-Sonoma online
  • Third Prize: A six piece set of Wusthof Steak Knives (Valued at $170)

The total approximate retail value of all three prizes is $1470.

Recipes can be submitted in one of five categories:

  • Savory appetizers
  • Soups and salads
  • Main course dishes
  • Mouth-watering desserts
  • Kid-friendly snacks

RV Stats

  • There are over 1 million RVs on the road in Canada
  • Starting at $6,000, there is an RV for every budget
  • The Canadian RV industry is valued at over $3 billion
  • 90 percent of owners say that their number one priority is seeing the country
  • Studies show that it is up to 78 percent cheaper to vacation with an RV versus a regular vacation
  • Many RVs can be used throughout the year
  • 90 percent of owners say that it is the best way to travel with kids
  • 40 percent of RV families have children

Details Favorite RV Recipes Contest

Start Date: Tuesday, November 6

Entry Deadline:  Monday, December 24, 12:00 a.m. EST

Winners Announced:  Thursday, January 17, 2013, 12:00 p.m. EST, Ottawa, ON

Click here to read the full contest rules.

Details

The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.
The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.

Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators.

The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel. The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 29 Haslett Avenue, Toronto ON M4L 3R1

Website: gorving.ca

Worth Pondering…

I am not a glutton—I am an explorer of food.

—Erma Bombeck

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