‘Highway Hiltons’ are five-star caravan stop-offs – on most highways – where you can pay from $10 to $500 per night for a caravan spot.
More than 600,000 Australians are taking their holidays in caravan parks where you CAN pitch a tent but where others are increasingly checking into a luxury five-star villa!
Ben Yates of the Caravan, Recreational Vehicle & Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA) said holidaymakers are combining nostalgia for the simple holidays of yesteryear with modern infrastructure demands – pools, playground equipment, cabin accommodation and ensuites – to create a $6.8 billion industry.
SOME INTERESTING DOMESTIC FACTS
-most caravan and camping travellers are aged between 15 and 44;
-they travel with family or friends but mostly as a couple;
-they travel mainly January, April and October – ‘coinciding’ with school holidays;
-they prefer to stay in cabins and villas;
-the largest percentages come from Victoria, SA and WA;
-they mostly travel to the NSW south and north coast and the Gold Coast, Qld.
-another key group is the ‘Over 55s’ – ‘Sundowners’ or ‘Grey Nomads’
-they still prefer vacant sites;
-the majority of purchasers of new caravans and motorhomes in 2004 were born between 1942 and 1950.
CRVA represents over 4000 industry businesses. Besides engaging in political activity on issues that affect the industry nationally, they run national accreditation and training programs and market and promote the caravan and camping lifestyle to Australian consumers. Their campaigns are funded through individual business contributions.
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