Caravan and camping has a unique role in the sustainability of Australia’s tourism industry, particularly following significant weather events such as bush fires.
The regional tourism economy relies on tourism and caravan and camping in particular; travellers on caravan and camping trips base their trips around regional towns and invest money directly in local attractions, local cafes and boutiques, and stay in local holiday parks when they visit. This ensures much needed support, not only from people returning to visit these towns, but it ensures the money goes directly into the hands of people and towns who need it most.
There are many ways to support these areas and while donations are a fantastic start, long term sustainability is key. Australians are an amazing bunch of people and will always rally and support in times of need. For a long time, caravanners and campers have supported regional communities by visiting regional areas, spending money at local businesses and vendors. Their value to these communities is that they continue to come not just now, but again and again.
Caravan and camping, both from industry and consumer perspectives, is extremely valuable to regional Australia. When these areas are going through tough times, we continue to support locals, promote regional Australia, and return to visit these incredible areas again and again.