Caravanning body moves to
help bushfire communities
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THE caravanning industry's peak body has
launched a new initiative to help bushfire-ravaged areas get back on their
Hundreds of caravan and holiday parks in NSW and Victoria are doing it
tough in the aftermath of Australia's worst bushfire crisis in living
"Many of the affected areas should be in absolute peak season brimming
with tourists," Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive
Stuart Lamont explained.
"And yet whole regions remain closed with some caravan parks suggesting
they may be weeks before reopening."
in helping communities and businesses to recover
His association's new Keep on Camping
push is urging travellers to consider visiting an affected area on their
next caravan and camping trip.
Mr Lamont said that tourists would be vital in helping the communities and
businesses during the long process of recovery.
Caravan and camping has a unique role in the sustainability of Australia’s
tourism industry, with 30 percent of all trips in regional areas involving
caravan or camping.
According to Tourism Research Australia, caravan parks in the South Coast
of NSW and Gippsland regions account for the largest market share of all
commercial accommodation nights in the region, at 38 percent and 42
Keep on Camping helps travellers to make informed travel decisions
so that when it is safe to travel again, they can get back in there to
spend their money and help those communities reliant on tourism.
Mr Lamont said local tourism would be the key for ensuring long term
sustainability in regional tourism.
"The devastation we have seen due to bushfires is heartbreaking and our
sincerest appreciation goes out to all communities and those volunteers on
the ground who have been battling these conditions to save lives and
property in the most trying of circumstances," he said.
When taking a caravan or camping trip to a regional area, travellers
invest money directly in local attractions, they shop at local cafes and
boutiques, they buy seafood and groceries and stay in local holiday parks
when they visit.
Through travelling to regional destinations, caravanners and campers are
supporting communities, spending their money and helping those towns who
need it most.
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