Warm, sunny weather and the extended Queensland school holidays is helping the state’s caravan and tourist parks enjoy one of their strongest Easter periods in several years.
While forward bookings for this Easter were up considerably on last year, caravan and tourist parks are also expecting an influx of last-minute bookings as forecasters predict sunny days with temperatures approaching 30 degrees Celsius.
Caravanning Queensland CEO Ron Chapman said this year’s Easter period would help inject a sense of optimism into the state’s tourism industry, particularly as it heads into the peak winter season.
“This strong Easter is helping to improve the 2012 prospects for the state’s tourism industry as more Queenslanders choose to discover their own backyards and holiday at home,” he said.
“Escaping for a few days of touring, camping or caravanning has become a common Easter ritual for many families and this year’s longer school holidays and sunny weather has created an ideal opportunity.
“Caravan and tourist parks are also reeling in visitors by investing in new local attractions and facilities, and staging special school holiday activities like the Easter egg hunts.”
Mr Chapman said Queensland’s touring holiday industry was also gearing up for a strong peak winter season as “southerners” migrated north for winter to enjoy the state’s warmer weather and natural beauty.
“Compared to last year, bookings at caravan and tourist parks across the state are much stronger than last year. Once the Easter period has passed, we expect to see a flurry of activity as holidaymakers from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia look to escape the impending cold.”
The Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show will be staged in Brisbane from 6 to 12 June this year, featuring the latest and greatest equipment for the road traveler in a bid to tempt them back onto roads.
Today, there are about 400,000 caravans, motorhomes and camper trailers registered in Australia, making it one of the world’s most caravan-friendly countries. There are 112,000 registered in Queensland alone.
Source = Caravanning Queensland