Caravanning Qld not expecting drought to deter outback visitors

By Chrissy Arthur

Posted April 30, 2014 11:24:43

Caravanning Queensland says it is encouraging grey nomads and families to travel inland to help boost drought-affected regional economies.

CEO Ron Chapman says there has been a positive response from people attending caravanning and camping trade shows at Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

He says he is not expecting drought to deter any visitors and the lack of flooding means roads are in good condition and accessible.

“I am sure there is an element of worry but we have said to people who have mentioned the rain – we have said yes but you have to remember that the majority of Queensland is still in drought,” he said.

“These people out there are really suffering and the more that you can travel through that area, the better, because you will be putting money into the economy.

“The economy is not good because of the drought.

“We have done shows in Adelaide, New Zealand, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The positive results we’ve had are very encouraging for Queensland.

“I have never seen such a positive response from Sydneysiders in probably the last 10 years.

“There were a lot of families there that want to bring their kids up, the dinosaurs are getting a big run again.”

He says while there is still competition from cheap international destinations, the outlook for the coming year is solid.

“I think this is the most positive I have ever seen it for five, eight, even 10 years,” he said.

“People are really positive about travelling within Australia.

“We’re still selling between 20,000 and 30,000 new caravans every year.”

Topics: tourism, drought, travel-and-tourism, qld, toowoomba-4350, longreach-4730, mount-isa-4825

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