Caravan Industry continues to weather COVID storm with record activity

Caravan Industry Association of Australia is excited to announce the release of the latest Caravan and Camping State of Industry report.

After a tough year for the tourism industry caused by changing border restrictions and recent weather events – the caravan and camping industry has yet again exceeded expectations.

2021 was a year of record highs throughout various sectors of the industry with an astonishing $23.8B impact on the Australian economy annually.

Despite the fluctuating economic challenges, the caravan and camping industry continues to thrive.

“While the broader tourism industry remained constrained due to international border closures and global travel restrictions, the caravan and camping visitor economy strongly rebounded from 2020, generating 12.6 million trips, over 50 million nights, and $7.4 billion in visitor expenditure.”

“The industry achieved record heights under a backdrop of Covid-19 travel restrictions, state border closures, business lockdowns, international supply chain disruptions and a reduced labour force.”

This highlights the resilience of the industry in times of crisis and the importance the sector has in helping to support Australia’s economy when other sectors falter,” said Stuart Lamont, Chief Executive Officer of Caravan Industry Association of Australia.

Not only have we seen an increase in tourism but the supply of RVs to the market have reached record levels, with over 42,000 units supplied to market, 14% above previous records captured back in the 1970’s. With over 55% of all RVs supplied to market proudly manufactured here in Australia.

 This is despite the supply and labour challenges in market which could have seen even greater activity than that recorded. 

The industry continues to work hard to satisfy the continued strong demand for the caravan and camping lifestyle.

“The dream remains very much alive for Australians looking for a safe and affordable holiday experience.  Despite headwinds in market, we continue to remain very optimistic about the future of the industry, and the contribution that it makes to the health and wellbeing of Australians, and the economies of many regional and rural communities around the country,” said Mr Lamont.