The Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA) has joined the Australian Made Campaign to support and promote the Australian manufacturers that contribute to the country’s caravanning and camping industry.
The CIAA is the peak body for the Australian caravanning and camping industry, and represents more than 3500 businesses across the sector, including suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, repairers and accommodation providers.
“It’s wonderful to see the Australian Made logo paired with the CIAA,” Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive Ben Lazzaro says. “Caravanning and camping are quintessential Australian pastimes which are underpinned by an extensive network of businesses, including some of Australia’s most impressive manufacturers. This industry produces some of the highest quality products and employs thousands of Australians, so it’s important we support it and help it continue to thrive.
“The Australian Made Campaign looks forward to working with the Caravan Industry Association of Australia to further strengthen the important contribution the industry makes to the Australian economy and local communities.”
The CIAA estimates the sector generates more than $20 billion worth of economic activity annually, much of it in regional Australia.
“The Australian caravan manufacturing industry is steeped in history and continues to prosper despite strong international competition when other automotive manufacturing in Australia is falling away,” CIAA CEO Stuart Lamont says.
“The Aussie supply chain employs Australians and generates nearly $1 billion in wages alone, annually employing over 20,000 Australians. Caravans, campers and motorhomes are carefully crafted and carry with them the hard work and dreams of many Australians.
“The local manufacturing industry designs and manufactures these products for the harsh conditions that Australians like to put their products through, and Australian consumers deserve to better understand that a strong local Australian manufacturing industry exists, and where their RV products come from.”
According to Austrade, Australian holidaymakers took nearly 12 million caravanning and camping trips in 2018, accounting for 54.8 million nights in caravan parks and campsites, up 9 per cent from the previous year.
“This important source of capital supports local regions and brings vital new money into local communities, if the caravanning and camping industry in Australia were to decline, this significant contribution would be under risk,” Lamont says.