MAY 2020


'Revenue plummets a staggering 90 percent

Devastating $208m blow for caravan
parks as virus crisis hits accommodation

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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 said.

"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 right."


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