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Caravan and camping injecting cash into regional Australia.



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Media Release The Hon Fran Bailey, MP

19 October 2005

CARAVAN AND CAMPING INJECTING CASH INTO REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

The caravan and camping industry is a $6.7 billion industry that employs more than 50,000 Australians, a new tourism report released today reveals.

“With more than 334,000 caravans and campervans in use, caravanning and camping have become popular forms of accommodation for travellers in Australia with caravan and campers spending $6.7 billion and 76 million visitor nights,” Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Fran Bailey, said today.

“By getting out of the main cities, camping and caravan enthusiasts are injecting much needed cash and jobs into regional and remote Australia.

“Many Australians would be surprised to learn that when they pack up the family and set out on a camping holiday, they are supporting a $6.7 billion industry that employs more than 50,000 Australians, many in regional areas.

“Hitting the road in a caravan or pitching a tent are two great ways to get out and experience all that Australia has to offer.”

This report shows that international visitors who used caravan or camping accommodation spent 40 per cent of their nights in regional Australia compared to 18 per cent for those not using caravan or camping accommodation.

“With larger amount of free time, seniors have a higher propensity to travel to regions. In the year ending June 2005, 1.7 million domestic overnight senior travellers stayed in caravan and camping accommodation in regional locations, an increase of 4.1 per cent over the previous year,” Fran Bailey said.

“Domestically, the busiest months for caravanning and camping are January, April and October coinciding with school holidays. The most popular activities by these visitors are going to the beach, sightseeing and eating out in restaurants as part of their caravanning and camping holidays.”

The Tourism Research Australia, A Profile of Travellers who used Caravan or Camping Accommodation in 2003-04, is available from Tourism Research Australia (02) 6213 6940 or email tra@tourism.australia.com.

Media contact: Kevin Lowe, 0408 404 468, 02 62777 450.