Caravan Industry best placed to drive and lead the road to recovery for domestic tourism with over 710,000 RVs set and ready!

The recent release of April 2020 Caravan Park Accommodation figures
shows a devastating blow to the industry with $208million in losses for
April.  

Across Australia in the past month alone, COVID-19 response measures
have cost the industry over $208million and this figure is further inflated
when you consider the loss of expenditure that would have been generated by
regional tourism and thousands of small businesses.  It also proves
the important role caravan and camping trips would normally play for
Australians over Easter and Anzac Day long weekends.  

Over Easter alone, an estimated 300,000 Australians had their camping
trips cancelled, a significant group that deliver direct investment and life
into regional Australia. This revenue has been stripped out of the hands of mum
and dad operators throughout the country.  

  • Accommodation data for April
    2020 indicates that the caravan park sector, as expected, has been
    decimated by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Caravan park revenue in
    April across Australia suffered a 90% decline from April 2019, which
    equates to $208M in revenue lost for the month of April.
  • Occupancies fell by -75% in
    cabins, -82% in powered sites and -89% in unpowered sites.
  • Daily Rates across the
    states also fell, leading to Revenue per Available Site being $12 for
    Cabins, $2.70 for Powered Sites and $0.59 for Unpowered Sites.
  • All States were impacted,
    however the revenue reductions were worst in NSW, where caravan parks
    revenues decreased by 95% compared to April 2019.

Best placed to drive and lead the road to recovery

There are over 710,000 registered RV’s waiting to holiday and stimulate
the market.  With over 18million Australians indicating they are
connected to the caravan and camping lifestyle, this presents an unrivalled
opportunity to be active in market quickly as soon as the time is
right.  The potential of the camping sector with its significant
interest and audiences puts it uniquely suited to stimulate domestic tourism
and provide a lifeline to the thousands of tourism businesses eagerly awaiting
a return to business.

Caravan Industry Association of
Australia calls on all levels of Government

Caravan Industry Association of
Australia calls on all levels of Government to consider the caravan and camping
industry as part of the solution, to lead the way on the road to recovery of
the domestic tourism industry in Australia. 

This includes the consideration of Caravan Parks as facilities which can
accommodate independent travel in a manageable way, allowing for travellers to
get back on the road and spending again as soon as possible to help rejuvenate
regional communities who are seriously hurting.  Industry product is
uniquely suited to independent trips whereby self-reliant facilities are
onboard vehicles such as bathrooms, showers and kitchens and cabin style
accommodation is self-contained.

The diverse eco-system of the caravan
and camping industry means that it will be resilient through this time and be
ready to offer Australians the self-reliant, “back to basics” experience on
short notice when the time is right.  

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