A full schedule of informative meetings, compelling speakers and festive social events will highlight the 2nd World RV Conference, being hosted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Jan. 17–20 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa, FL.
According to a press release, the event will bring together RV industry leaders from 14 countries – including RV manufacturer, supplier, dealer, campground and trade association representatives — to share market information and statistics, discuss technical issues and standards, and explore how RV companies can work together in an increasingly interconnected world RV market.
Marco Annunziata, chief economist and executive director of Global Market Insight at General Electric Co., will be the event’s keynote speaker at the luncheon on Jan. 18. In his remarks, he will examine how the increasingly complex global economy impacts business trends and markets.
The 2nd World RV Conference will also feature two plenary sessions to provide attendees with reports on established and emerging RV markets throughout the world. The schedule for Jan. 18 includes “Europe” presented by Stephane Cordeille, CEO of Thetford Corp.; “Japan” presented by Keiki INOMATA, a director with the Japan RV Association (JRVA) and executive managing director of Neat RV Co.; and “Australia” presented by Stuart Lamont, CEO of the Caravan, RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA).
The sessions on Jan. 19 will feature “China” presented by Ye Shengji, deputy secretary general of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM); “South Africa” presented by Keith Laing, managing director of Jurgens Ci and a member of the Leisure Industry Manufacturers Association (LIMA); and “North America” presented by Richard Coon, president of RVIA.
The afternoon of Jan. 18 will feature a series of concurrent workshops focusing on critical topics facing RV executives. The sessions include: “World Product Standards Workshop,” “Advertising and Promotion Workshop,” “World Campground Standards,” “RV/Caravan Rental Business,” “RV/Caravan CEO-Chairman Panel Discussion,” and “Newest Emerging RV/Caravan Markets.”
The 2nd World RV Conference will also give attendees ample opportunity to network and socialize at numerous festive social events, including special lunch and dinner events. Visits to the Florida RV Trade Association’s (FRVTA) Florida RV SuperShow and Lazydays RV Super Center are also on the program schedule.
The 2nd World RV Conference is made possible through the generous support of the event sponsors, including Carefree of Colorado; Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association; Cummins/Onan; Dometic Group; FRVTA; Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.; GE Capital; Lazydays; Thetford Corp.; RVDA of Canada; and Thor Industries Inc.