For the few years that I have been attending the RVIA Exposition in Louisville the language of the deal was predominantly English. I took license for the term from Shatner’s Priceline commercial.
Wherever you went in the expo facility, people that were walking by were speaking English.
As of a few years ago, probably before I started attending, French was another language that your heard on the floor. Many small groups of French Canadian dealers were overheard in discussion about business matters that were important to them.
For the first time, I have run into a language that one would expect is not on anyone’s RV business radar screen and that language is …. Mandarin Chinese.
I was having a bite of lunch and these 2 guys came along sat their stuff down and we stood around at a concession table and had hot dogs. The introductions were quite impossible without a translator however 1 of the men spoke English remarkably well enough to carry on a meaningful conversation.
The guy that I was originally speaking to told me that his English was not so good. Now that’s OK because I can’t say anything like that in Chinese. His partner started translating and I found out that he was from an RV Industry Organization in Peking, China. That totally caught me off guard as I shook the man’s hand in welcome.
We spoke about the fact that Chinese people are beginning to gather wealth and they are very much interested in owning Recreational Vehicles. Apparently it’s getting to be big business in China however there’s one little problem. There aren’t any campgrounds in China or too few of them that it matters.
I saw one contingent of Chinese people cornering the KOA representative and they were really engaged in conversation for the longest time. The rest of us had to wait I guess for a half hour before we could get a word in edgewise.
Take a good look at this website and please note the name: www.21rv.com
When I showed the guy my business card that said www.iRV2.com all we could do was laugh. The world is becoming a small place.