Why Camping Could Kickstart Regional Economy in Australia
In recent months, we’ve seen a rise in all things local. Whether it’s growing fruit and veg in our backyards, rethinking the way we spend time indoors or passing our evenings on Zoom meet-ups, the pandemic has significantly slowed our pace of life. Consequently, global is out and local is in as we look to our immediate environments to create a new type of normalcy and a new structure for our everyday.
What’s more, recent research released by Tourism Australia reveals 500,000 travellers indicated they would take a camping trip within the next month. With unemployment at an all-time high in Australia, it’s no surprise residents are looking for cheaper and more accessible ways to travel.
Some of Australia’s biggest contributors to the economy like education and tourism have been severely aected as we now see little to no tourists visiting from overseas. Several regions were only just recovering from the eects of the droughts and bushfires when COVID-19 struck, bringing everything to a standstill.
Regional Tourism Presents A Solution
One of the ways in which Australia’s regional economies can strengthen themselves is through tourism, and specifically camping and caravanning.
As the government starts to ease restrictions, Regional Tourism can indeed be the economic messiah Australian now needs. The ecacy of Regional tourism in boosting the economy will rely heavily on the support of the government and various stakeholders. However, as Accom News explains, residents desire to camp “…has the potential to kick-start the recovery for tourism and inject over $292 million dollars directly into the hands of regional tourism operators who rely on caravanners and campers travelling to experience a wide variety of attractions.”
The tourism industry alone generates billions of dollars for the Australian economy. Up to 8.5 million international tourists visited Australia in 2018. The tourism sector
also provides up to a million jobs for Australians, reflecting its intrinsic link to the health of the nation’s economy.
Currently, Australians are already being encouraged to take advantage of the tourist attractions close to them. Normal overseas travel does not seem like a reality in the foreseeable future, meaning regional tourism can be a safer and cheaper alternative.
As restrictions continue to ease in certain parts, campgrounds are open and ready for business. What’s more, some pubs, restaurants, and clubs are also beginning to reopen. Whilst it’s not going to be business as usual, measures are being put in place to ensure that campgrounds are safe and that they uphold the highest standards of hygiene to prevent the spread of the Covid-19.
For many small towns, the influx of tourists for camping-related activities is all they have. So, if you’ve always been longing to embrace the outdoors or you’re interested in trying something new, your travel is needed now more than ever. Rather than waiting to travel overseas when restrictions are lifted, why not explore the pristine and phenomenal country that is Australia? From rolling hillsides to lush rainforests and quaint towns to coastal heaven, there’s a whole lot to see. With a little bit of research, you’ll discover some of the best camping grounds in the world.