State of the Industry Update

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The Caravan and Camping State of the Industry 2016 report represents the first in an annual series of reports that examine growth and trends within the manufacturing, accommodation and tourism sectors. This inaugural report, officially released at the Let’s Go National Conference on the Gold Coast, reveals the value of the caravan and camping industry to Australia’s economy. The research provides a detailed overview of domestic and international caravan and camping visitor behaviour and distribution by state, consumer demographics, analysis of RV manufacturing and insights into accommodation yield and occupancy.

 Key Highlights from the Report
  • A total of 22,711 recreational vehicles (towable and motorised) were manufactured in 2015, representing a significant 6.6% increase from production outputs in 2014 – the highest production levels in 37 years.
  • 586,585 recreational vehicles (RV) were registered across the country, comprising of 58,375 campervans and 528,210 caravans, an increase of 4.5%.
  • Domestic and International visitors generated 49.7 million nights in caravan parks and camping grounds around Australia, contributing AU$8.6 billion of visitor expenditure to the economy.
  • 11 million overnight caravan and camping trips (domestic and international) were undertaken throughout Australia in 2015, a 7% increase from 2014.


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Data Source: Research provided in the Caravan and Camping State of the Industry Report has been provided by Tourism Research Australia, BDO and nemAustralasia.

Research is of high value to the caravanning and camping industry and this report has been jointly funded by Caravan Industry Association of Australia and the state associations for the benefit of the industry as a whole. Becoming a Caravan Industry Association of Australia contributor provides access to our full research catalog and various reports prior to their public release.

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