Most successful season ever draws more than 300,000 to Caravan and Camping Supershows in Australia 

June 27, 2007
Most successful season ever draws more than 300,000 to Caravan and Camping Supershows in Australia

The Queensland Caravan Camping & Touring Holiday Show drew a record crowd of 81,000 over six days from June 6 to 12. The Motorhome & Campervan Show was part of the combined mix at the RNA Showgrounds, Gregory Terrace, Fortitude Valley.

Massive interest is being developed in caravanning in Australia. Record numbers went to the five major recreational vehicle shows with more than 307,000 people attending shows in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

There has never been a show season like 2007. It has been the most successful for all the shows, which have been running for decades, Tony Bellamy, president of the Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Australia said today.

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

Top Tourist Parks of Australia CEO, Bill Pycroft, says both Adelaide and Perth Caravan and Camping Supershows had attendances around the 40,000 mark and membership/directory enquiries for Top Tourist were strong at both shows.

Melbourne's Caravan and Camping Supershow was again held at the Caulfield Racecourse. It drew 61,603 visitors up 1,785 on last years record result. (An average of 8,800 every day) which underlines the health of the caravanning industry.

Jayco builds on the Fiat Ducato Maxi
Jayco builds on the Fiat Ducato Maxi

The venue was expanded further west to accommodate even more caravans. Interest is on the boil among showgoers in caravan park chains.

Oz Parks reports its Club Sales were up by a massive 117percent which exceeded all expectations.

Organiser Peter Wright said that as the show occurred in Melbourne during Mad March events peak the result was just sensational.

In the last seven years more than 100,000 new RVs have entered the Australian marketplace. The Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers Assoc of Aust (RVMAA) says there are now more than 450,000 Recreational Vehicles in the country, ensuring this remains a major favourite holiday pastimes for all Australians.

Tony Bellamy, president of the Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Australia said today -

While most manufacturers do not release specific sales results from the shows, most have reported record sales at virtually all the shows at which they exhibited with excellent follow-up sales immediately after each show.

CIANSW CEO Barry Baillie talks to the media about Australias caravanning growth
CIANSW CEO Barry Baillie talks to the media about Australias caravanning growth

He attributes the continued strength in the RV market to the high level of industry design matching the keen interest of an ever-increasing number of people who have come to realise RV travel allows you to go where you want to, when you want to.

Essentially manufacturers are keeping pace with the demand for either bigger and better RVs, or specialist niche RVs that suit particular interests. There are now RVs that can traverse almost any terrain while others offer a level of luxury never before considered possible in a caravan or motorhome, he said.

Tony Bellamy said the RVMAA continues to encourage its members to remain at the forefront of research and development and to set new benchmarks in design and manufacturing.

Australian manufacturers strive to build RVs to worlds best standards and then some, because they also build for our unique climatic and road conditions and comply with all relevant Australian Standards and Australian Design Rules (ADRs) for motor vehicles and trailers.

Kevin Sullivan from Holiday Haven South Coast wants to lift caravan park services
Kevin Sullivan from Holiday Haven South Coast wants to lift caravan park services

Safety is the number one parameter in RV design, followed closely by functionality, comfort and style, Tony Bellamy said.

He said that the badge of the RVMAA, on all member manufacturers products, has increased relevance as the association continues to upgrade its code of practice and construction standards, which also allow for industry audits.

There are codes of practice and construction standards for caravans and camper trailers as well as for campervan and motorhome manufacture.

The badge of the RVMAA is now recognised by the holidaying public as representing an industry that strives for continued improvements to the products its members build, Tony Bellamy said.

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