Industry records strongest ever performance
BOOMING IN NSW
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New South Wales caravan and camping sector is booming, new figures reveal.
The industry recorded its strongest ever performance in the year ending
June 2019, with more than 4.4 million caravan and camping trips taken,
according to Tourism Research Australia.
This represented a 4.3 percent increase over the previous year and also
accounted for a strong growth in visitor nights for the same period, which
jumped by six percent to deliver more than 17.4 million nights in the
The 55-plus market continued to grow at the fastest rate, with trips
rising by 11.4 percent in 2019 (1.44 million trips), although it was the
30 to 54-year market that accounted for the largest number of trips
(1.93million, representing a 2.2 percent annual increase).
NSW Caravan and Camping Industry Association chief executive Lyndel Gray
(pictured) says the strong result comes off the
back of a continuing shift in Australian preferences towards domestic
"Australians of all ages are rediscovering and redefining the caravan and
camping lifestyle as they seek to connect with nature and the outdoors in
regional NSW," she said.
"Retirees, families and young people are camping more often and are
seeking the same fundamentals – a mix of active and relaxing experiences
in beautiful natural environments, a chance to kick back and enjoy time
with friends and family and a balance to intense busy lives.
"In response to this multi-generational shift every part of the industry
is responding with major new innovations that continue to enhance the
Ms Gray attributed several reasons for the rise in popularity of
caravanning and camping.
* New technology
being incorporated into the design and build quality of all types of RVs.
* The "massive investment" made by holiday parks
in upgrading accommodation.
* Incorporating new experience such as glamping.
* Innovations in camping equipment,
making it easier and quicker to pack and
"This active development by all parts of the industry is paying dividends
in terms of catering to changes in visitor preferences,"
Ms Gray said.
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