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Sydney Caravan and Camping Supershow crowds push fastest growing touring sector forward

April 24, 2007
Sydney Caravan and Camping Supershow crowds push fastest growing touring sector forward

The future of Australias caravan and motorhome industryis on display onthe Australian Caravan and Camping Supershow circuit and Sydneycertainly picked up the ball at Rosehill Racecourse from April 14 to 22 with 86,756 people visiting the show over nine days.

The caravan and camping industry in Australia continues to be the fastest growing tourism sector with events such as the NSW Supershow encouraging more people to experience a touring holiday across Australia .

The caravan and camping holiday is an Australian tradition and one that is embraced by many family generations. The NSW Supershow is a showcase of the variety and breadth of our industry and a means for people to learn more about touring holidays, Barry Baillie, CEO, Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA) told GoSeeAustralia today.

The industry is growing and the NSW Supershow is the one-stop-shop for all holiday and leisure needs to prepare travellers for touring domestically and experiencing the best that Australia has to offer.
The NSW Supershow raised the bar with:
86,756 visitors over nine days.
Attracted 18,424 entries in the
Supershow Passport competition to win over $80,000 worth of prizes.
Distributed 40,000 free environmentally friendly calico bags to
visitors to the show.
Chauffeured an estimated 20,000 people around the
specially designed 4WD Track.
Held 54 free seminars educating visitors
on fishing, travelling in a caravan or motorhome, 4WDriving and safety on the road. Is estimated to have achieved over $50 million worth of sales across all exhibitors.
Has offered the largest prize pool with
the Supershow Passport competition.
This year, prizes were donated by
Geist Caravans Motorhomes (caravan valued at $55,000), Camel Camper Trailers (camper trailer valued at $12,000), Polaris (quad bike valued at $3,995), Kangaroo Tent City (camping package valued at $1,500) and Evakool (fridge freezer valued at $1,300).
The NSW Caravan, Camping,
4WD and Holiday Supershow will be held from 29 March to 6 April in 2008. For updates and information, please visit www.supershow.com

The Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Association of Australia (RVMAA) has created an industry environment which has produced the Highlander a caravan built by apprentices at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE. At Rosehillit was on the RVMAA Outdoor site number 517.

The immaculate caravan has been donated to Sydneys Westmead Childrens Hospital, who will use it as a fund raiser after the final show in the Australian Industry Super series the Brisbane Caravan and Camping Show from June 6 to 12.

The Highlander has been built by apprentices and demonstrates in a practical way the skills young people are gaining through an industry developed apprenticeship program, RVMAA President Tony Bellamy told GoSeeAustralia

Exhibiting the caravan is a highly positive way of highlighting the quality that is being built into Australian-made Recreational Vehicles. With young people so skilled the future of our industry is assured, he said.

Tony Bellamy stressed that the RVMAA continues to create a sustainable pool of skilled young people, who are passing through a two-year apprenticeship based on a program developed in conjunction with the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.

Twenty five new apprentices have started this years course. Another five are completing second year, while more than 90 young people have successfully completed the NMIT course since it was launched five years ago.

The industry continues to expand, and last year recorded another boom year with more than 18,700 caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes and campervans being built in 2006, Tony Bellamy said.

In the last seven years more than 100,000 new RVs have entered the Australian marketplace. There are now more than 450,000 Recreational Vehicles in the country, ensuring this remains a major favourite holiday pastimes for all Australians, he said.

Internally, the apprentice-built Highlander highlights the quality of caravans of the future.
Internally, the apprentice-built Highlander highlights the quality of caravans of the future.

He said the apprenticeship program was critical to the future of the industry: Having a pool of highly skilled young people means we can maintain the output of our manufacturing sector to meet the continuing expansion of the industry.

Part of the industrys drive to attract newcomers to the apprenticeship program was the launch of a specially created industry training Taster program developed as a joint exercise between WorkCo and NMIT that gave young people considering RV manufacture as a career an insight into the apprenticeship training they would undertake.

The program was fully funded through government funding, sourced through WorkCos Tim Cronin. Funding is specifically allocated to organisations for the purpose of addressing skill shortages within industry sectors.

The Taster Program from January 29 to February 21 attracted 12 participants, with seven completing it and going on to enter the apprenticeship program.

The NSW Tourism award winning NSW Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Holiday Supershowran from April 14 to Sunday, April 22 at Rosehill Racecourse.

The immaculate apprentice-built Highlander caravan
The immaculate apprentice-built Highlander caravan

The Supershow transforms Rosehill Racecourse into an array of products and tourism displays and showcase the latest and greatest from the caravan, camping and 4WD industry.

The Supershow attracts more than86,000 annually and is recognised as the best leisure show in NSW. More than 400 exhibitors display caravans, motorhomes, camper-trailers, tents, caravan, camping and 4WD vehicles and accessories plus information on holiday destinations.

The NSW Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Holiday Supershow is always a highly anticipated and popular event which offers and range of holiday products and ideal destinations on display in one location.

We encourage visitors to browse exhibitors stands to see the benefits offered by caravan and camping holidays, Barry Baillie, CEO, Caravan and Camping Association of NSW (CCIA) said.

The NSW Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Holiday Supershow won the 2006 NSW Tourism Award for promotion of regional tourism and support of the community.

Australian cricketer and keen outdoorsman, Glenn McGrath, promoted the NSW Supershow through a series of television and radio commercials.

He experienced caravanning as a youngster on family holidays. Glenn enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere that the caravan and camping lifestyle offers. Among club team mates Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath is affectionately referred to as Millard in recognition of the early years in his career when he lived in a Millard caravan in a caravan park South of Sydney.

NSW Supershow
NSW Supershow

The NSW Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Holiday Supershow is all that I love about the touring lifestyle. I visited the show with my mum and we were both blown away by the hundreds of displays of caravans and other vehicles to get you on the road. We were keen to look at the destinations exhibits for some ideas of unique places to visit on holiday, Glenn McGrath said.

The NSW Supershow had donation boxes around the Supershow grounds to raise money for the McGrath Foundation for the sponsorship and funding of Breast Care Nurses throughout Australia and in the pursuit of education and awareness of breast cancer amongst younger women.

Providing donation boxes for the McGrath Foundation is another way in which the NSW Supershow can support the community, for which the event won a NSW Tourism Award in 2006, Barry Baillie, CEO, Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA) said.

Wewere pleased to provide donation boxes for the McGrath Foundation at the NSW Supershow to support nurses in Australia so that they may continue to support those touched by breast cancer,he said

Jane McGrath co-founded the McGrath Foundation with her husband Glenn after her initial recovery from breast cancer. Jane experienced first hand the shortage of breast care nurses in Australia during her treatment and became determined to help others in her situation.

Today, the McGrath Foundation aims to raise funds to place more breast care nurses throughout the country while generating support and raising awareness of the cause.

Glenn McGrath with Barry Baillie and Sylvia Franklin from CCIANSW
Glenn McGrath with Barry Baillie and Sylvia Franklin from CCIANSW
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