plummets a staggering 90 percent
$208m blow for caravan
parks as virus crisis hits
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Caravan park accommodation across Australia
has been dealt a devastating blow, with the latest news revealing $208
million in losses for April.
"This figure is further inflated when you consider the loss of expenditure
that would have been generated by regional tourism and thousands of small
businesses," the Caravanning Industry Association of Australia said.
"It also proves the important role caravan and camping trips would
normally play for Australians over Easter and Anzac Day long weekends."
Over Easter alone, an estimated 300,000 Australians had their camping
trips cancelled, a significant group that deliver direct investment and
life into regional Australia.
"This revenue has been stripped out of the hands of mum and dad operators
throughout the country," the association said.
Accommodation data for last month indicated that the caravan park sector
had been decimated by the COVID-19 crisis.
All states were
impacted, with NSW being the worst
Revenue plummeted a staggering 90 percent,
with occupancy for cabins falling 75 percent, 82 percent for powered sites
and 89 percent for unpowered sites.
All States were impacted, NSW being the worst
with revenue 95 percent compared to April last year.
The association believes the caravan industry is best placed to drive and
lead the road to economic recovery
"There are over 710,000 registered RVs waiting to holiday and stimulate
the market," it said.
"With over 18 million Australians indicating they are connected to the
caravan and camping lifestyle, this presents an unrivalled opportunity to
be active in market quickly as soon as the time is right.
"The potential of the camping sector with its significant interest and
audiences puts it uniquely suited to stimulate domestic tourism and
provide a lifeline to the thousands of tourism businesses eagerly awaiting
a return to business."
The association has now called on all levels of government to consider the
caravan and camping industry as part of the solution, to lead the way on
the road to recovery of the domestic tourism industry in Australia.
"This includes the consideration of caravan parks as facilities which can
accommodate independent travel in a manageable way, allowing for
travellers to get back on the road and spending again as soon as possible
to help rejuvenate regional communities who are seriously hurting," it
"Industry product is uniquely suited to independent trips whereby
self-reliant facilities are onboard vehicles such as bathrooms, showers
and kitchens and cabin style accommodation is self-contained.
"The diverse eco-system of the caravan and camping industry means that it
will be resilient through this time and be ready to offer Australians the
self-reliant, 'back to basics' experience on short notice when the time is
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