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More overseas visitors heading to caravan parks

Caravan and camping industry benefits

Peak body welcomes 'robust growth' in
international visitors

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AUSTRALIA'S international caravanning and camping markets continue to perform strongly, according to the latest figures.

Tourism Research Australia revealed that 373,000 international visitors took caravan and camping holidays in the 12 months ending September 2017.

This was an increase 7.5 percent on the previous year.

The visitors generated over 5.19 million nights around the country, a 5.5 percent rise from 2016.

Caravan and camping's traditional core markets continued to show growth with visitors from the UK (61,723), Germany (55,042 ) and USA (38,694) increasing by 0.5 percent, four percent and 18 percent respectively compared to the previous year.

The significant growth in visitors of 112 percent from China (total of 103,000) continues to highlight the future importance of this market to the caravan and camping industry as the segment becomes more confident with travelling independently around Australia.

Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont said the "robust growth" coincided with its International Marketing Strategy to double international caravanning and camping nights by 2025.

The data showcased the desire for the travelling public to seek a genuine and authentic experience beyond gateway ports, he said.

Caravanning and camping could provide this by allowing international tourists to access regional areas and to experience more of the spectacular natural environment Australia had to offer.


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