Picture yourself laying on your air mattress sleeping under the stars or in your motor home watching My Kitchen Rules. Your nostrils are tormented by the delicious smells of your Chinese and Singaporean camping neighbours.
They are cooking up a storm in a wok on the open flames. It is street food meets camp oven. The enticing smells of Sweet and Sour Pork, Wontons, Noodles and Fried Rice.
China has arrived and is seeking out the great Aussie camping trip The first quarter of 2017 has continued to show robust growth in international caravan and camping arrivals to Australia, growing by 10% to 368,490 visitors for year ending March 2017.
This increase in visitation is being primarily driven by the traditional markets of the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States, increasing by 1%, 9%, and 24% respectively on the previous year – however, newer Asian markets are starting to make their presence felt in the caravan holiday parks around the country.
Asian markets continue to show promising signs for Australia’s caravan and camping industry, with the three-year average growth of visitors from China and Singapore recorded at 21% and 34% per annum. This trend is on the back of a 4% growth in the overall market share of Chinese Free and Independent Travellers to Australia (in comparison to group travellers).
“The increase in Asian markets is having a positive flow on effect for regional Australia as these visitors begin to seek out quintessential Australian experiences, such as a caravan or camping holiday,” said Stuart Lamont, CEO of Caravan Industry Association of Australia.
“What a wonderful mix of flavours, conversations and campfire recipe swapping this will add to the campground,” said Camp Mother Lynne Hocking. “Will we be seeing a Kyle Kwong Campsite Cantonese Cuisine Cookbook?”
See you outdoors for some ‘Intents’ Pleasure!
Camp Mother Lynne
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