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Holidays within reach of all Australians



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Holidays Within Reach Of All Australians

Bob Baldwin, the Shadow Minister for Tourism and Regional Development congratulated the Caravan, RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA) on its biggest ever conference which attracted over 600 delegates to the Gold Coast this afternoon.

“The choice of venue for the conference was notable in itself. For tourism is the key driver in the local economy of the Gold Coast contributing almost one dollar in every five generated in the region.” Mr. Baldwin said.

Bob Baldwin praised the role played by the CRVA and its CEO, Stuart Lamont, in National Tourism Alliance (NTA) and Coalition policy forums. The members of the CRVA are well served and its contribution can be seen in the 60 page internal policy report that the Coalition will use as the basis of its tourism policy that it will take to the next election.”

He went on to state that “The Coalition wants to support the CRVA in helping people venture out on the open road - or off road.”

“Australia's ageing population demands a greater government focus on road trips. This includes the ‘grey nomads’ and affordable family ‘road trip’ holidays, which should be encouraged as spend by Australians in Australia is traditionally three quarters of our tourism turnover.”

Mr. Baldwin continued, “We also want holidays to be affordable to everyone. Caravan and holiday parks are not only amongst the most affordable, they also allow people to experience the regions and all the hidden gems right across the country, while making a major contribution to our nation’s economy, particularly in regional and rural Australia.”

A tourism roundtable in Tasmania yesterday discussed that it was cheaper to buy a caravan there than take a caravan across the Bass Strait on the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’. This will only get worse under the Carbon Tax which hangs like a ‘Sword of Damacles’ over the heads of anyone who has invested in their own caravan or RV, or business in this sector from 2014 onwards. This is when the exemption for Petrol that the Greens want to end, will be reviewed.” Mr. Baldwin remarked.

It’s not just at federal level that the Coalition is showing interest in promoting caravanning and holidays that involve RVs. At the WA Tourism Industry Conference last year, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism Kim Hames publicly set WA the goal of making his state the place to go for a caravanning holiday, seeing Queensland as the current leader.

Mr. Baldwin said “In my home state of New South Wales, Narrabeen’s a great beach suburb and Lane Cove River National Park won a couple of major National Tourism Awards on 2 March, so I hope improved federal government facilitation and competition between states will prove to be a real boon for CRVA members and help encourage more Australians to holiday at home. Better facilities should also involve less conflict between local communities and caravan/RV users.”

Given the need to deliver tens of thousands more hotel rooms across Australia to meet burgeoning demand from China and other places “we want caravan and RV holidays to be seen as attractive alternatives to a ‘fly in and stay at a hotel’ option. The caravanning sector, the serviced apartment sector, farm stays, private stays rented through www.stayz.com and others all need to be seen as part of the ‘mix’. Mr. Baldwin said.

As part of the Coalition’s effort to do its bit to help the tourist industry, Mr. Baldwin launched the “Staycation” campaign earlier this month to encourage Australians to take more domestic holidays instead of venturing off to cheap foreign destinations.

He concluded by encouraging more Australians to go to www.staycation.org.au to view the web video, which promotes caravanning and features the Soldier’s Point Holiday Park in Port Stephens to get some more Australia holiday ideas for their next vacation.

For more information visit www.crva.com.au or contact

Julian Harniman Adviser The Hon. Bob Baldwin MP Federal Member for Paterson Shadow Minister for Tourism and Regional Development Electorate: 02 4983 1330 | Canberra: 02 6277 4200 | Mobile: 0403 922831