Western Sydney is missing out on Australia’s booming destination holiday park market because of an undersupply of quality holiday parks in the region, says a new report
commissioned by the Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney and the Caravan & Camping Industry Association NSW.
The report found that areas such as the Western Sydney Parklands, Liverpool, Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly, The Hawkesbury, Penrith and the Blue Mountains could potentially house destination holiday parks due to their proximity to green and open space, walking trails, cycleways and public transport.
“Destination holidays parks are the missing piece of the Western Sydney visitor economy. We have the open space that the inner suburbs of Sydney doesn’t have and yet we still don’t have a strong offering in this booming market sector,” said David Borger, Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney.
“We want to work with local councils and the Western Sydney Parkland Trust to review their zoning plans, remove the regulatory barriers and start developing some great destination holiday parks for the region.
“The Western Sydney Parklands, near the intersection of the M4 and M7 motorways, stands out as a prime location and a great starting point to grow the region’s caravan and camping visitor economy.
“We are recommending that the NSW Government take a leadership role and work with local councils, the Western Sydney Parkland Trust and industry to break the impasse that has prevented the flourishing of destination holiday parks in Western Sydney,” Mr Borger said.
Caravan & Camping Industry Association CEO Lyndel Gray said there were now more than four million overnight trips spent by the domestic market in caravan and camping facilities in NSW, as well as more than 16 million visitor nights in the domestic market alone, meaning there was huge potential for a destination holiday park in Western Sydney.
“Destination holiday parks are the perfect type of accommodation for a growing sector of visitors who want a strong family-focused travel experience. Holiday parks are also well suited for visitors who want to travel with pets, school and educational groups and business and conference attendees using cabins and chalets.
“Destination holiday parks are a win-win. Local councils receive a reliable revenue stream that they can use to fund their community services and the visitor economy both locally and regionally grows from more visitors.
“Currently there are very few facilities to accommodate this growing style of holidaymaker within Sydney and we believe Western Sydney presents the perfect opportunity for holiday destination parks. The region can be a hub for the caravan and camping sector if we can get the support of local councils and communities,” Ms Gray said.
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