Friday 14 January 2011

The Best Way to Holiday

It is not surprising that caravan and camping holidays have quickly become the best way to getaway. Due in part to the global financial crisis Australians are in search of economical ways to enjoy their holidays and their retirement. Caravan and camping holidays offer something for every taste, requirement and budget, from a weekend stay in a non powered campsite, to a year round trip of our country in a five star motorhome.

The recent upgrade of many caravan parks throughout NSW has resulted in an abundance of family friendly holiday destinations. Swimming pools, tennis courts, water parks, eateries, putt- putt golf courses, and jumping pillows are just some of the fantastic facilities that make caravan parks the perfect destination for your next holiday. Many of these caravan parks are also situated in some of the most beautiful locations in NSW bordering beaches, shops and parklands.

Recently released data from the Australian Bureau of statistics (ABS), shows that the caravanning tourism sector was one of the strongest performing tourism accommodation sectors for year ending March 2010. Holiday units received a growth of less than 2% where caravan and holiday parks received an increase of 8.7%.

"The caravan and camping industry has remained the fastest growing domestic tourism sector in Australia for the past 12 years and is clearly one that is leading the resurgence of tourism across the state, said Mr Barry Baillie, CEO of the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA).

"All coastal parks in NSW were completely booked out for the Christmas/January period for a number of months prior. "Both cabin, powered and camping sites are entirely booked for many parks and this will carry on right through to Australia Day. We have seen similar results for a number of years, however, over the past 2 summer's occupancy rates have increased by approx 10% on previous years."

It is important to note that it is not only holiday parks that are thriving, but the manufacturing sector as well. The Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Australia (RVMAA) states that camper trailer and caravan manufacturing figures showed the strongest growth in the entire manufacturing sector increasing by up to 28 per cent over 12 months in 2010.

This continuously growing trend was further demonstrated at all of CCIA's Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expos last year, with an increase of up to 13% in visitor numbers. Due to this growing demand, a fourth annual expo will be held for the first time in Newcastle this February.

From the 11-13 February, Newcastle Jockey Club, Darling Street Broadmeadow will become home to over 150 exhibitors, displaying all the latest models and makes of caravans, motorhomes, campervans, camper trailers, 5th wheelers, slide-ons, tents and camping equipment, caravan and 4WD accessories, holiday park displays, tourism destinations and much more.

The Newcastle Expo provides free parking for all visitors and will be open 9am-5pm daily (Closes 4pm Sunday). Admission costs are $10 (Adults); $6 (Pensioners/Senior Card Holders).

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