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Aussies’ most popular holiday type revealed

Camping and caravan trips have grown by more than 50% over the past decade

Domestic holidays have come to the fore as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. 


But even before the emergence of COVID-19, local getaways and road trips were a favourite amongst Australians, as evidenced by new data, which shows the popularity of caravan and camping holidays in 2019. 



According to the newly released State of Industry 2020 Report from the Caravan Industry Association of Australia, total caravan and camping visitor nights exceeded 60 million, while trips hit over 14 million for the first time last year. 


So, since 2010, the market has grown by 17.3 million nights and 5.5 million trips, with over 196,000 new recreational vehicles manufactured and registered in the country. 


Per Tourism Research Australia, 2019 was the year in which caravan and camping became the most popular holiday type for Aussies. 


“Whilst looking back at 2019 may seem unimportant in the current climate, the year marked a number of important milestones for the industry,” Caravan Industry Association of Australia CEO Stuart Lamont said. 


Analysing the past performance of Australia’s caravan and camping industry, the report also flagged the opportunity for the industry to drive recovery. 


“Looking forward, we are optimistic about the future of the caravan and camping industry, especially as Australians look to support local business, reconnect with loved ones and spend time in nature after such a challenging year,” Lamont remarked. 


During an “incredible” period of growth for Australia’s caravan and camping industry, the CIAA report also pointed to the “wide-reaching positive impact” the sector has had on regional Australia and the manufacturing Industry.


Did you take a caravan or camping trip recently? Or are you planning on taking one soon?


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 21 September 2020

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