9 November 2010
Sensational Show for South Coast
Once again the South Coast Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo, last weekend at Batemans Bay, excelled in both visitor numbers and exhibitor sales. Almost 14, 000 show goers armed themselves with raincoats and brollies to see the latest and greatest in caravan and camping.
Barry Baillie, CEO of the Caravan and Camping Industry of NSW (CCIA) says that these large crowd numbers perfectly represent the strength of our industry and the height of demand for its products and services.
Exhibitors at the South Coast Expo were once again overwhelmed by the response from visitors, with many validating the growing trend of caravan, RV, and camper trailer sales.
The Caravan, RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia’s (CRVA) research further supports this, “the production of caravans and RV’s has more than quadrupled since the 1990’s, the total numbers of recreational vehicles manufactured in the last financial year grew by 18.4% over 2008/09 to meet a substantial increase in consumer demand.”
The recent National Visitor Survey verifies the continual success of the caravan and camping industry, stating that although the number of visitor nights in NSW decreased by 505 000 over a period of 12 months, visitor nights staying in a caravan park or commercial camping ground in NSW increased by 635 000 nights over the same period.
“Unlike other tourism sectors, caravan and camping tourism has defied recent trends resulting from the economic downturn. The industry has experienced increased interest and steady occupancy rates which are encouraging signs for the years ahead,” said Mr Baillie.
The South Coast Expo which was staged from 5 to 7 November saw crowds flock to Mackay Park in Batemans Bay to see over 150 exhibitors displaying the latest caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, holiday parks and leisure products just in time for the summer holidays.
“The South Coast Expo is always a popular event each year in Batemans Bay and the consistent visitor numbers and sales are proof of the resilience and strong following of the caravan and camping sector.”
The growing popularity of caravan and camping holidays can be attributed to having something for everyone. Whether you choose to travel in a caravan or a motorhome, stay in a tent or a five star holiday park cabin, there is something for every budget and every travel style,” Mr Baillie commented.
“Travellers can go to our website - www.caravan-camping.com.au - to find out more about caravan and camping holidays and browse over 575 holiday parks and recreational vehicle dealers and manufacturers.”