9 June 2011
Camping and caravanning are a lucrative market for regional Queensland, with Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Minister Jan Jarratt encouraging families to make the most of the great outdoors.
“Whether you’re a Queenslander or a visitor, nothing beats Queensland in winter – it’s a fabulous time of year to explore our many attractions,” Ms Jarratt said.
“To check out the possibilities, there’s the 43rd annual Queensland Caravan and Camping Show on in Brisbane this week.
“A staggering 1.3 million Australians stayed in Queensland commercial caravan parks, camping grounds and national parks last year.
“Regardless of the global financial crisis, floods and cyclones, Queensland’s caravan and camping industry is strong and winter is the time we see many chasing the sunshine north and from all over the country.
“Caravanning and camping are hugely popular. As well as being the quintessential Aussie family holiday, camping and motoring make great school holidays and weekend getaways.
“Queensland is also a hot spot for grey nomads, particularly at this time of year as they head north to escape the chilly southern climes.”
In May, Minister Jarratt tabled in Parliament the State Government’s response to the Parliamentary Economic Development Committee’s Report on the development of rural and regional communities through grey nomad tourism.
“The Bligh Government supports many of the committee’s recommendations and we will actively work towards meeting the outcomes sought by the report,” she said.
“Anecdotal evidence suggests grey nomads are a strong contributor to regional economies but there is limited independent data on this.
“So one of our priorities will be to undertake an assessment of grey nomads, including the economic benefits they generate in Queensland.”
Ms Jarratt added the Queensland Government was already delivering roadside infrastructure to develop new tourism experiences and investments in infrastructure through the State’s Minor Tourism Infrastructure Grants Program.
“So far, more than $1 million has been approved for minor tourism infrastructure projects across regional Queensland, including road signs, picnic facilities, interpretative signage and roadside amenities.
“The next round of funding closes on June 24, 2011, and it will importantly focus on the repair, upgrade and replacement of infrastructure damaged by recent floods and cyclones, helping those communities who need help.”