CARAVAN and camping holidays remain Australian’s first choice for customer focussed product and value for money holiday offerings.
The Caravan Industry Association has just released the industries latest holiday and accommodation data showing strong surges in trips across the country.
Numbers for the March quarter showed an increase in travel numbers with people embarking on 4.5 million trips (up 24%) around the country with 18 million nights (up 22%) spent caravanning and camping.
That takes the annual rolling figure for trips to 15.5 million trips and 62.3 million nights and $11.2bn in visitor expenditure.
This far surpasses the 2019 pre-covid figures of 14 million trips and 59 million nights.
Caravanning and camping is the number one provider of nights for holidays in the country in the March quarter, this means strong support for regional and rural economies with 90% of trips taken in regional areas.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia CEO, Stuart Lamont, said we’re continuing to see Australian’s love affair with their country grow, spending more and more time in our beautiful regional and rural towns.
“That makes the growth even more encouraging, knowing that 89% of these trips are being spent in areas needing the support,” he said.
“Australians love of road-tripping is evident in the demand for RV product, with approximately 800,000 registered caravans and campervans.
“On average travellers spend $867 per trip in a caravan park and create more than $11.2 billion in visitor expenditure annually.”
“While we continue to see economic challenges ahead and a softening in consumer confidence, the caravan and camping industry remains the backbone of the domestic tourism industry and major contributor to the country’s economy.
“It is clear to see that Australian’s are travellers and we look continue to be the industry of choice for people wanting a getaway,” he said