Caravan Industry welcomes investment in regional tourism

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Caravan
Industry Association of Australia welcomes the announcement today from the
Morrison Government of a $250 million regional Australia package with $150
million specifically for tourism and infrastructure projects to assist regional
tourism.

The
caravan and camping industry is much loved by Australians, and with the desire
for tourists to ‘control their own environment’, the industry is poised to help
in the immediate recovery of regional tourism as caravanners and campers travel
further and for longer as Australians look to explore our own backyard. 
Visitor expenditure by caravanning and camping tourists already contribute over
$10 billion annually with a significant amount of this dispersed across
regional and rural Australia, supporting local jobs and contractors.

Caravan
Industry Association of Australia CEO Stuart Lamont said that we had a real
opportunity for Australians to rediscover the attractions and experiences which
are plentiful in regional Australia, but which are under real threat without
Government support.

“The
Tourism Industry has been savaged through a winter of COVID off the back of a
summer of bushfires.  While we have seen recent green shoots in
concentrated regions, many tourism industry businesses (and those businesses
which rely on tourism) continue to be on their knees.  We are in a feast
or famine situation at present with some of our most significant tourism
regions hardest hit with the challenges of 2020.”

“With
many of Australia’s tourism icons located in the regions, and international
travel off the cards for some time yet, today’s announcement is a significant
boost for domestic tourism, while encourages the development of important
tourism infrastructure which will underpin the industry when normal travel
returns.”

On
World Tourism Day, this announcement supports the theme ‘Tourism and Regional
Development’ and is consistent with the Caravan Industry Association of
Australia’s calls for shovel ready tourism projects to be supported in regional
Australia.  These projects will not only introduce or upgrade important
long-term assets but will encourage the use of local contractors, local
accommodation, and the use of local services during construction.  With
caravan and camping in 2019 being the number one commercial accommodation
provider in regional Australia, today’s announcement provides some level of
optimism for operators still reeling from huge losses from touring markets.

“Caravan
parks, for several years, have been developing the accommodation experiences
available which has brought new markets on board and led to record numbers in
2019.  This announcement from the government will help businesses return
faster to the lofty heights set in 2019” Mr Lamont said.

“Tourism
is such an important social and financial contributor to regional and rural
communities, and it will be important to make sure funding from today’s
announcement is equitably spread and provided for immediately to get this money
flowing through the system”.

Caravan
Industry Association of Australia looks forward to engaging with the Federal
Government regarding the eligibility and appropriation of this important
initiative.

Media Contact: madeleines@caravanindustry.com.au

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