MAY 2020


'Huge spike in Google searches'

NSW caravanning industry welcomes lifting of state's travel restrictions

Lyndel Gray

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NSW'S peak caravanning and camping body has welcomed Premier Gladys Berejiklianís announcement that people can get back to their travel and holiday plans in the state from June 1.

The Caravan and Camping Industry Association (CCIA) NSW said there had been a "huge spike" in Google searches for caravan parks and campsites right after the news broke.

"We are definitely seeing a pent-up demand for caravan and camping escapes and our holiday parks are ready to welcome holidaymakers back," chief executive Lyndel Gray (pictured) said.

Ms Gray said the caravan and camping sector was an extremely important part of the state's tourism economy and was vital to the economic success of hundreds of regional economies across NSW.

"Our holiday parks are the lifeblood of many towns and have a huge flow on impact to other businesses in the community with every $100 taken by a caravan park creating $138 in economic benefit for the local economy," she said.

"Our regional holiday parks and campgrounds have been badly impacted by the events of the past few months, from the drought to catastrophic bushfires, and now COVID-19.

They are in good  position to quickly ramp up operations

"But the passion and commitment of these businesses mean they are in a good position to quickly ramp up their operations and welcome visitors once again."

Premier Berejiklian and deputy premier John Barilaro said NSW citizens would be able take recreational trips across NSW, as long as they maintain social distancing and good hygiene.

Travellers from interstate will be able to visit NSW for a holiday but will need to comply with the rules of their home state when returning.

The Premier said lifting the holiday travel restriction would give everyone a much needed break and help get small businesses and the tourism industry moving again.

ďThis is the day we've all been looking forward to since the COVID-19 travel restrictions were put in place earlier this year and I would like to thank everyone for their patience during the past few months of being cooped up at home," Ms Berejiklian said.

"I must stress to everyone that, while we want people to enjoy a well-earned holiday, we must do this responsibly and continue to abide by physical distancing measures, as the last thing we want is further outbreaks that will force us to reintroduce restrictions."

Mr Barilaro said while regional NSW would welcome visitors with open arms, holidaymakers should call their planned accommodation venues and attractions to ensure they will be open and confirm their bookings before travelling.

"COVID could not have come at a worse time for regional NSW, with towns already doing it tough due to bushfires and drought and so I encourage everyone to make plans to safely and responsibly visit their favourite regional holiday destination, or discover a new one," he said.

"I encourage holidaymakers to visit local businesses, enjoy local attractions and feast on the best food regional NSW has to offer, and for those not able to get away in June 2020, to start making plans for later in the year when even more businesses will be open."

Some caravan parks and camping grounds will be opened but travellers should call ahead and confirm bookings, while travellers planning to visit national parks should check NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for further information.

Travellers need to especially practice strong hygiene around shared facilities.


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