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In three short months, RV industry leaders from all corners of the globe will gather at the World RV Conference in Shanghai to gain insight into the global economic prospects for the RV industry. Renowned global strategist Dr. Edward Tse of Gao Feng Advisory Company will present his outlook for the future and the impact the emerging RV marketplace within China could have on the entire RV industry. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Shanghai Auto Liyang facility, network with peers and leaders on a river cruise, hear different perspectives and analyses and participate in breakout sessions where ideas and solutions from around the world can be shared.

The 4th World RV Conference is set for October 17 – 19 in Shanghai, China. Industry participants from the world will have the opportunity to network with their colleagues from other countries and take a close look at the up-and-coming RV market in China. Attendees will also be able to experience the lure of Shanghai – a symbol of modern China with deep connections to its glorious and intriguing past.

Keynote speeches at WRVC 2018 will shed light on the economy and its impact on the industry as well as China ’s landscape for the fast-growing RV and camping industries. Workshops and panel discussions will allow conference attendees to hear analyses, perspective and insights into the world marketplace and the prospects going forward. Attendees will also be able to hear presentations by experts on RV standards and regulations, among other critical topics that face the industry.

WRVC 2018 will help the audience gain an overall picture of the RV industry around the world especially China, the next RV market with great potential.

More information can be found here. For a print-friendly version of conference information, download the conference flyer here.

See you in Shanghai!


Registration is 1,000 RMB (approximately $150). Register at the official event page and select “Payment on the spot” (Shanghai host organization does not take online credit card payment). 

Preliminary Event Schedule

Wednesday Afternoon, October 17, 2018

  • Camping rally
  • WRVC: Opening remarks
  • Keynote - Dr. Edward Tse: World economic forecast with a close-up look at China and its impact on the industry
  • Presentation RV and Tourism in China by Dai Bin
  • Presentation Electrical, intelligent, connected and shared automobiles in China - an inspiration for RV industry by Mr. Rong Wenwei
  • Evening reception

Thursday, October 18, 2018

  • RV standards and regulations by CATARC
  • CIAA/CIVD/RVIA panel discussion
  • Breakout sessions
    • RV rental and consumer outreach by Shanghai Auto
    • Manufacturing, product innovation, sales trend by AU/EU/US manufacturers
    • China: RV sales and distribution: panel discussion by Chinese dealers
    • Campground business: Success stories, current trends, future expansion by AU/EU/US campground operators
    • China: Consumer behaviors and existing/future RVers and campers
    • Aftermarket: New products and applications by AU/ EU/US suppliers
  • CEO panel discussion
  • Conclusion of WRVC 2018
  • River cruise and farewell dinner on board

Friday, October 19, 2018

  • Day trip to Shanghai Auto Liyang facility

Dr. Edward Tse is Founder & CEO of Gao Feng Advisory Company, a global strategy and management consulting firm with roots in China. He formerly led the China business of the Boston Consulting Group and Booz Allen Hamilton/Booz & Company, respectively for a period of 20 years. 

Widely called, “China’s leading global strategy consultant” and “China’s management guru”, he also has received such accolades as “Edward Tse is to Chinese corporate strategy what Kenichi Ohmae was to Japanese corporate strategy.” A leader of the team who set up and led China’s first government-authorized office (in Shanghai) among all international strategy consulting firms in the early 1990s, Dr. Tse specializes in the definition and implementation of business strategy, organizational effectiveness, and corporate transformation across various industries, as well as cross-cultural partnerships and mergers & acquisitions. He has assisted hundreds of companies – headquartered both within and outside China – on all aspects of business related to China and its integration with the rest of the world. 

He also consults to public sector organizations such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Chinese Government on issues related to policies, state-owned enterprise reform and competitiveness. He has served as an external board member for several large Chinese national enterprises, a special policy advisor of the Shanghai Municipal Government and a member for Hong Kong SAR Government’s Commission for Strategic Development. He is also the author of over 150 articles and four books including the award-winning The China Strategy (Basic Books, 2010) and China’s Disruptors (Portfolio, 2015).

Conference Location

Shanghai Automobile Exhibition Center
No.7575, Bo Yuan Rd
Anting Town, Jiading District, Shanghai

Conference Hotels

JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square
399 Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200003 Phone: +86 21 5359 4969  

  • Deluxe Room* ¥1,450 +16.6% Tax (Limited number of rooms available - First Come First Serve)
  • Executive Room ¥1,750 +16.6% Tax

Rates are prepaid and nonrefundable. Deadline for reservations is August 24, 2018. Go to via this link to make a reservation. Please contact Janice Wu at [email protected] if you have any questions about your reservation.

Fairmont Peace Hotel: Sold Out

Airports in Shanghai

Shanghai Pudong International (PVG): 30 miles from downtown

Shanghai Hongqiao International (SHA): 10 miles from downtown

Visa Requirements

A Chinese visa is required for U.S. citizens to visit the country. A business visa can be obtained through travel agents with the Chinese host’s official invitation (available from RVIA). RVIA recommends Oasis China Visa Service, see contact 

Oasis China Visa Service
2201 Wisconsin Ave NW #333
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 866-321-8472

Contact Information

Craig Kirby - [email protected]
Edward Han - [email protected]

The World RV Conference is managed and organized by a steering committee made up of organizations including the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA), the Caravaning Industrie Verband e. V. (CIVD), and the RV Industry Association (RVIA).