In the video, Luke Chippindale, CIAA’s GM of Government Relations and Corporate Communications, speaks with Win News on why Australians are still choosing the quintessential Aussie road trip even though international travel is back on the menu.
Caravan and camping holidays remain Australian’s first choice for customer focused product and value for money holiday offerings, according to the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA), which has released the industry’s latest holiday and accommodation data showing strong surges in trips across the country.
“Numbers for the March quarter showed a strong surge in travel numbers with people embarking on 4.5 million trips (up 24%) around our beautiful country with and 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 $11.2 billion in visitor expenditure. Far surpassing the 2019 pre-covid figures of 14 million trips and 59 million nights,” according to the CIAA.
Caravanning and camping is the number 1 provider of nights for holidays in the country in the March quarter, this means strong support for our regional and rural economies with 90% of trips taken in regional areas.
Australian’s love of road-tripping is evident in the demand for RV product, with approximately 800k registered RVs (30.3 caravans/campervans per 1000 people), they embody the adventurous spirit and more importantly are putting money directly into the hands of many regional small businesses.
“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 despite headwinds, looking forward to continuing to build on the $27 billion worth of annual economic value to the Australian economy,” the CIAA stated.