Final figure are in and Bendigo RV and Camping Leisurefest was 250 off the 2010 all-time best attendance record of14,313 for the most popular Victorian country caravan and camping showcase, CEO CIA Vic Rob Lucas said.
The final 14,063 attendance isahead of 2011 at13,337 and 2012 attendance of 13,671.
Over its 12 year history the Bendigo out-there session has kept on through everything the weather gods can dish up , but over the three days ( Nov 22-24) of its 12th innings the weather, apart from a few showers on the Saturday which cleared in the afternoon was perfect for the crowds as it ranged in the 20's.
Leisurefest really strikes the perfect balance of big-city variety in a beautiful regional setting, and 14,000 has become its natural attendance level, he said.
RobLucas said Leisurefest shared its success with CIA Vics three other shows: the Caravan Camping Touring Supershow at Caulfield, the Border RV Camping Expo at Wodonga, and Melbourne Leisurefest at Sandown.
Our Go make some memories campaign is really spreading the word about the joys of the caravan and camping lifestyle, and it is reflected in the show attendances, he said.
CEO CIA Vic Rob Lucas said there was strong sales interest in every sector with consumers happy to buy, accessories really went off, he said. The Leisurefest reflects a preference for smaller caravans, but there is also strong interest in motorhomes and 5th-wheelers, he said.
GoSeeAustralia once again took part in presenting free seminars at Bendigo to enthusiastic audiences. There was the strongest level of interest we have had in recent years in the free seminars, Rob Lucas said.
This is a good sign that our topics and presenters are just what people want, he said.
The caravan industry supports children's literacy and this year the recurring CIAVic donation of $5000 went to St Lukes Anglicare Communities for Children Bendigo literacy program.
CIA Vic President Peter May presented the $5,000 giant cheque to Communities for Children program manager Sue King-Smith at Bendigo Leisurefest.
CIA Vic President Peter May presented the $5,000 giant cheque to Communities for Children program manager Sue King-Smith. The development of strong literacy skills in the early years of a childs life is crucial for future educational attainment and employment opportunities, Sue King-Smith said.
This donation will help us to ensure that children in Bendigo, particularly children who have vulnerabilities around language development, will have more opportunities to grow and learn, she said.
All the Bendigo Leisurefest exhibitors chipped in too. In a fine example of the family feeling that our industry enjoys, all the Leisurefest exhibitors have made individual donations of childrens books in addition to the cash donation, Peter May said.
Communities for Children aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children up to 12 years of age by helping them and their families to become part of strong, healthy and vibrant communities.
St Luke's runs the Bendigo program in partnership with Bendigo Community Health Services, Bendigo District Aboriginal Cooperative, local schools and the City of Greater Bendigo.
Ms King-Smith said the CIA donation would buy much-needed books for the program.
Previous beneficiaries of CIA Vics annual Leisurefest charity donation include the SES, Bendigo Health Palliative Care, Camp Quality, the Maureen Considine Fund and the Salvation Armys Hillskills Workshop.
The Jayco Work N Play is the smaller of two Recreational Vehicle (RV) products from the leading leisure vehicle builder which work around a hybrid caravan which includes a garage. This is a bed up front - garage in the back versatile RV.
Over 12 years it is this kind of lateral thought from industry which features at shows like Bendigo's RV and Camping Leisurefest.
The Caravan Industry Association (CIA) of Victoria has signed a new three-year deal with the race club, which has made extensive improvements to the venue. CIA Chief Executive Officer Rob Lucas said the RV and camping industry is taking full advantage of the extra space to show its latest and best products.
Industry leader Jayco's bigger Base Station aims at people who enjoy difference, mixed with their big boys toys so the Base Station will handle a Harley Davidson motorcycle, restrained on built-in heavy duty tie-down points, Jayco says.
In the Base Station a fold-out double bed is complimented by a optional converter and the dinette becomes two extra berths. With the optional addition of four double bunks in the garage space, eight can have sleeping accommodation.
Jayco at Bendigo Leisurefest
Jayco Work N Play has practical 'office' space
Rob Lucas (left) and David Duncan work on RVMAP audit
Ultimate Campers Xplor
Jayco Work N Play bed and kitchen Hastings Sept 2013 016
Concept Belmore 1000 interior
Tunnel boot on Jayco Work N Play