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Industry records strongest ever performance


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Lyndel GrayTHE 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 state.

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 holidays.

"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 holiday experience."

Ms Gray attributed several reasons for the rise in popularity of caravanning and camping.

These included:

* 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.
* I
ncorporating new experience such as glamping.
* Innovations in camping equipment, making it easier and quicker to pack and unpack campsites.

"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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