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Super size NSW Supershow sets pace for tourism in Australia

April 28, 2006
Super size NSW Supershow sets pace for tourism in Australia

Barry Baillie, CEO, Caravan and Camping Industry Association NSW told GoSeeAustralia today that thereare more than 400 exhibitors at the NSW Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Holiday Supershow.

The Caravan, Camping, 4WD Holiday Supershow (22 30 April, 2006) is the leading tourism event in New South Wales and ends at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Sunday.

The NSW Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Holiday Supershow offers a wealth of information for travellers on the products and equipment for an enjoyable caravan or camping holiday, in addition to providing some of the top holiday locations around the country, Barry Baillie said

There are more than 100 holiday destinations to browse; 500 new makes and models of caravans; around 140 camper-trailers; 60 luxury motorhomes and up to 100 tents.
Holiday vacations can be arranged on the spot at the Supershow.

The first of three Australian Caravan Safari Trails The Outback Discovery Trail
set off from the NSW Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Holiday Supershow on Wednesday (April 26) for a one month tour from Sydney to Cairns.

The Outback Discovery Trail is designed to provide participants with a memorable holiday experience whilst forging new friendships with others on the trail and discover more of Australia, Barry Baillie, Chairman, Australian Caravan Safari Trails told GoSeeAustralia today.

The Safari Trail (there are three) have been made possible by a Federal Government grant through Tourism Australia to assist regional tourism. The three Australian Caravan Safari Trails are also expected to produce a business model that can be adopted by private tour operators.

Designed for caravan, motorhome and mobile camping vehicle owners, The Outback Discovery Trail tour over 3,600 kilometres of picturesque scenery through Australias eastern outback for travellers to experience and enjoy with a group of people with the same desire for adventure and freedom.

The Outback Discovery Trail is led by professional guides throughout legendary locations like Lightning Ridge, Charleville, Longreach, Winton, Mt Isa and Georgetown.

Featuring some of the best locations from Sydney to Cairns, the Outback Discovery Trail involves participants in social events and optional activities to make the trip more enjoyable. The safari is one month of on-road touring where travellers are assured of their itinerary and activities along the journey perfect for those who are first-time on-road travellers or who desire a bit more added security for the trip, Barry Baillie said.

The caravan and camping industry is one of the fastest growing tourism sectors in Australia with over 87 per cent of Australians actively participating in the industry. The growth in the industry over the past decade is attributed to the increase in standards at caravan and camping grounds to provide more attractive, contemporary and luxurious facilities and accommodation.

Caravan and motor home touring is popular with many Australians in particular baby boomers who enjoy the freedom offered by on-road touring. Overseas visitors, particularly those from Germany and the UK, are also active caravanners and campers in Australia so we expect a large cross-section of nationalities in the various safaris.
Additional Australian Caravan Safari Trails are available across Australia.

The Wildflower Goldfields Trail is scheduled to depart Perth on August 21 and finish in Boyup Brook on September 15 after winding through the Great South-West visiting Cervantes, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Norseman, Esperance, Bremer Bay and Albany.

The Murray and Wine Trail is scheduled to leave Melbourne on November 10 for Gippsland and the Victorian High Country before following the Murray River Valley across to South Australia and veering south to Kangaroo Island, then swinging up to the Flinders Ranges to end with a final night function at Naracoorte Caves on December 7.
Australian Caravan Safari Trails are an initiative of the Caravan, RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia to support growth of the industry and provide programs which cater to travellers who want the security of travelling with a group.
For more information about the Australian Caravan Safari Trails phone toll-free 1800 228 517 or visit www.caravansafari.com.au.

The Supershow attracts over 80,000 visitors annually to browse and review the latest and greatest caravanning and camping gear in Australia.

In addition to showcasing the latest innovative caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, camping equipment, 4WD vehicles and accessories, the Supershow will feature over 160 holiday destinations and tourist parks.

With experienced staff on hand, visitors can obtain information on holiday locations, leisure activities, sight-seeing tours in locations across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Industry research reveals that more than 87 per cent of Australians stay in accommodation at a caravan or camping parks and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics around 51 per cent of available paid tourism beds in NSW in 2005 are represented by the caravan and camping industry*.

The caravan and camping industry has undergone a transformation over the last decade, with the products, facilities, availability of parks and general accommodation standards becoming more attractive, usable and luxurious.

All exhibitors at the Supershow whether they are caravan manufacturers or park operators are committed to providing products that meet consumer needs often providing similar or equivalent luxury to some motels and hotels, Barry Baillie said.

Families get value from the Supershow

Families get value
from the Supershow

Tourism Research Australia recently revealed that visitor night stays at caravan and camping sites in Australia rose 31 per cent, from 8.4 million in 2000 to 11 million in 2005**.
Visitors can peruse various holiday locations at the Supershow and discuss and book on the spot with the assurance of a vacation that is filled with on-the-road sights and memorable experience.

Visitors to the NSW Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Holiday Supershow have the chance to win around $55,000 worth of prizes from Coromal (Mirage Caravan), All Terrain Camper Trailers (On Road Camper), Avan (Weekender Caravan) and Oztent (camping tent). Every visitor will be in the running to win daily Supershow Gift Vouchers worth $1,000 each to spend at any exhibitor at the Supershow.

The Supershow will be open 10am-6pm daily (open ANZAC Day) with free on site parking. Tickets are available at the gate: Adults $17; Concession and Senior/Pension Card holders $11; and children under 16 years are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult.

For further information please visit www.supershow.com.au or call the Supershow hotline on 1902 220 299.

* ABS Statistics Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Dec 2005

** Tourism Research Australia 2005

Knowledgeable advice is available

Knowledgeable advice
is available

Serious off-road rigs are part of the NSW Supershow

Serious off-road rigs are
part of the NSW Supershow

Variety is the essence of the Supershow

Variety is the essence
of the Supershow

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