JUNE 2020


'Strong resurgence already taking place'

Good news for caravan parks as people enjoy first taste of freedom for months

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PEOPLE are again flocking to the nation's caravan and holiday parks now that the coronavirus restrictions are being eased.

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia revealed there had been a "strong, sustainable surge" during the last week.

"Over the weekend many Australians were once again able to explore our great country," the association said.

"For many residents, this was the first taste of overnight freedom in months and fell over the Queen's Birthday long weekend in some states."

Weekly Accommodation Data for the caravan industry indicates a strong resurgence is already taking place, highlighting the rapid uptake and potential to lead the path to recovery for the regional Australia visitor economy.

Cabin occupancy around Australia soared 61 percent last week, compared to the week previously.

This followed the easing of restrictions in many states, with NSW seeing the largest week-to-week increase of 185 percent.

Victoria also saw a more than doubling of cabin occupancy, up 105 percent. Both states benefitted from a long weekend.

South Australia was the national leader in terms of cabin occupancy, a 42 percent increase from the previous week and following the easing of intrastate travel.

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Powered site occupancy around Australian caravan parks increased by 109 percent last week, compared to the week previously.

NSW saw a fourfold rise in occupancy and led all states, with Victoria seeing a 150 percent increase.

In a similar fashion to cabins, South Australia topped the states with a 31 percent rise in occupancy for powered sites.

Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont said the move to hit the road again had begun and was gaining quick momentum.

"Whilst many Australians still care to dream and are desiring a local getaway our caravan parks and amazing camping ground options are plentiful and are attracting many of us.

"Coming from ground zero, this early data shows real green-shoots are occurring in caravanning which is now driving our tourism industry forward."

Mr Lamont said travel intention remained high, with 80 percent of his association's consumer audience indicating they would like to take a trip in the next two months.


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