Understanding changes in the caravanning sector: a case study

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McClymont, Hoda, Carson, Michelle and Prideaux, Bruce. 2011. "Understanding changes in the caravanning sector: a case study." Prideaux, Bruce and Carson, Dean (ed.) Drive tourism: trends and emerging markets. Abingdon, Oxon. United Kingdom. Routledge. pp. 210-223
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Understanding changes in the caravanning sector: a case study

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
Book TitleDrive tourism: trends and emerging markets
AuthorsMcClymont, Hoda (Author), Carson, Michelle (Author) and Prideaux, Bruce (Author)
EditorsPrideaux, Bruce and Carson, Dean
Page Range210-223
SeriesAdvances in Tourism
Chapter Number16
Number of Pages14
Year2011
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon. United Kingdom
ISBN9780415491495
9780203880395
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781134007882
Abstract

Caravanning is a specialised form of drive tourism, the essence of which is captured in the banner on the front cover of a popular caravan magazine(Caravan and Motorhome 2004: 1), which proclaimed, 'Seek freedom! Life on the open road, your home at your back - what could be better?'. In
Australia, this popular form of holidaying can be traced back to the 1920s(Prideaux and McClymont 2006). In the decades since the first caravan took to the roads, a large infrastructure has emerged to service the caravan industry, including caravan parks, caravan manufacturers, attractions, and the retail and repair sectors. The latest statistics indicate that caravan park accommodation accounted for 14.8 per cent of total domestic visitor
accommodation nights in 2005 (ABS 2006). Given the size of the industry and its visibility both in Australia and in other nations (van Heerden, this volume, Chapter 6), it is surprising that so little research has been undertaken
into understanding this area of tourism activity, a point highlighted by Prideaux and McClymont (2006). The research in this chapter is aimed at adding to our understanding of the caravanning sector as a subset of drive tourism, with a specific focus on caravan parks as well as caravanners in
Queensland, Australia.

Keywordstourist accomodation; grey nomads; Australia; caravan parks; statistics
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350806. Tourist behaviour and visitor experience
440608. Recreation, leisure and tourism geography
350804. Tourism marketing
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Byline AffiliationsJames Cook University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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