The changing profile of caravanners in Australia

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Prideaux, Bruce and McClymont, Hoda. 2006. "The changing profile of caravanners in Australia." International Journal of Tourism Research. 8 (1), pp. 45-58. https://doi.org/10.1002/jtr.546
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The changing profile of caravanners in Australia

ERA Journal ID40437
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsPrideaux, Bruce (Author) and McClymont, Hoda (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Journal Citation8 (1), pp. 45-58
Number of Pages14
Year2006
Place of PublicationChichester, West Sussex. United Kingdom
ISSN1099-2340
1522-1970
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/jtr.546
Web Address (URL)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jtr.546/pdf
Abstract

Caravanning has been a popular leisure activity in Australia for many decades. In recent years the profile of the industry has changed with a shift from family
caravanning to retirees. This change has significant implications for the industry overall as well as the regional areas visited by caravanners. This paper reports on
research designed to develop a profile of contemporary caravanning in Australia. One of the most significant findings was the homogeneity of the respondents. The largest groups of respondents were 'empty nesters', people who were retired or near retirement and who were attracted to three
clusters of activities: nature; shopping and eating; and visiting heritage attractions.
Another major finding of interest for regional areas was the relatively low daily expenditure on food and accommodation.
The paper discusses a range of options that may be used by regional areas to boost their caravan sector.

Keywordscaravan; caravanners; caravan parks; Australia; grey nomads; retirees; regional tourism
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440608. Recreation, leisure and tourism geography
350802. Tourism forecasting
350805. Tourism resource appraisal
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Byline AffiliationsJames Cook University
School of Management and Marketing
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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