Caravan and camping holidays are set to lead the tourism revival, according to the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA), with this affordable holiday option set to launch domestic tourism into a new phase of growth as more value conscious consumers hit the road instead of the skies.
As Deputy Chair of the Tourism Industry Council and CEO of the CCIA, Barry Baillie is aware of the struggles faced by domestic tourism operators since the economic downturn hit Australia in 2008.
Australians continue to travel, but now they are looking for holidays that wont break the bank and that will still offer the entire family a unique experience.
For this reason, unlike other tourism sectors which have suffered in visitation over the past year, caravan and camping tourism has experienced increased interest from first time campers as well as avid enthusiasts looking for more affordable getaways.
Our Penrith Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo from 11 to 13 September at Penrith Panthers experienced record crowds and exhibitors reported record sales, Barry Baillie said.
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Camping specialist, Anaconda reported increases in sales of 40 per cent in comparison to the 2008 Penrith Expo while camper trailer manufacturers, The Complete Campsite, also reported an increase of 40 per cent in sales in addition to a significant number of post Expo sales.
Aidan Saggers from 7th Street Caravans also exhibited at the Penrith Expo and commented that the company had quadrupled their sales in comparison to sales figures from the 2008 show.
The abolition of stamp duty by the NSW Government in July this year has really had a positive impact on caravan sales over the past two months as well as at the Penrith Expo, Mr Saggers explained.
Caravan and camping tourism has been the fastest growing domestic tourism sector in Australia for some years and is tipped to boost the slump in domestic tourism in years to come, according to a report by Tourism Research Australia, Through the Looking Glass.
The report reveals that after 2011, caravan and camping accommodation is forecast to rise by 1.5 per cent per year to 45 million in 2020.
Caravan and camping holidays have something for everyone. Whether you choose to travel in a caravan or a motorhome, stay in a tent or a five star holiday park cabin, there is something for every budget and every travel style, Barry Baillie said.
For more information about caravan and camping holidays, visit www.caravan-camping.com.au.