Queensland Minister for Tourism, The Hon Jann Stuckey recently released the following statement:
Nearly 1.8 million domestic visitors enjoy camping in picturesque Queensland each year.
That is not surprising considering camping is synonymous with the Australian way of life, and has been for decades. An outdoor holiday on Queensland’s world-class beaches, in our national parks, a cabin or caravan park is often top of the list for many domestic and international travellers.
The Newman Government released the Queensland Drive Tourism Strategy in January 2013 because our goal is to become the nation’s number one drive tourism destination by 2020.
Growing numbers of motor homes and recreational vehicles are using our camping areas so we want to continue to deliver safe and appealing tourist driving routes in Queensland. We also want to support the many far-flung communities who rely heavily on the passing trade from travellers holidaying by caravan or RV.
From the vast, rural Outback to the sunshine & beaches along coast and up to the rivers and mudflats in the Gulf, we want to work with regional governments to capitalise on the booming drive tourism industry and help boost local economies throughout our state.
Ongoing growth in the camping sector will play a key role in helping the tourism industry achieve its goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion per annum by 2020.
Camping attracts all types of people, each of them with differing needs. That’s why, to remain attractive and competitive to the tourism market, we want to provide the widest possible range of camping options to appeal to even more visitors and keep them coming back.
Last month I visited a superb Queensland camping destination – Hervey Bay. There I launched Queensland’s Camping Options Toolkit, the culmination of 18 months of workshops and consultation right across Queensland. It’s full of industry supported solutions and practical ideas to address camping issue.
Now it is up to councils to work with their community to maximise that opportunity and formalise a unique approach to camping in their local area.
Councils will be able to decide things like permits & fees, arrival and departure times, length of stay as well as the number of overnight campers allowed on site.
We are rolling out the welcome mat to campers in Queensland.
My goal is for Queensland to become the nation’s number one drive and camping destination by 2020.
Jump online and take a look at The Camping Options Toolkit at www.dtesb.qld.gov.au