Ensuring happy campers in Queensland

14 Oct 2013 9:31 AMJann Stuckey

Monday, October 14, 2013

The tourism industry and local government will get their say on how to improve camping and caravanning experiences for travellers with a series of regional workshops being launched in Cairns today.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey said promoting camping options was a key issue raised by local government during the development of the Queensland Drive Tourism Strategy 2013-15.

“The Strategy committed to developing a Camping Options Guideline for Local Governments to assist them managing camping options in their community,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The growing popularity of caravanning and camping across Queensland had seen huge numbers of people moving around our state.

“We need to ensure appropriate camping options are available to maximise the benefits to tourists, caravan park operators, local governments and the wider business community.”

Recent data by Tourism Research Australia reveals that the drive tourism market accounts for approximately 67 per cent of the overnight leisure market in Queensland with more than 10.3 million visitors participating in touring during their visit to Queensland.

“Through these upcoming workshops industry and local government will be able to discuss solutions for managing camping arrangements at a local level, while sending a message that Queensland is an attractive place for a drive holiday,” she said.

“We recognise there is no single solution, so the Guideline will include a number of best practice models for councils to consider under a ‘no one size fits all’ approach.”

A total of seven community consultation workshops are being held as part of the consultation process, with workshops. Details of the workshops are attached.

The project is overseen by the Camping Options Reference Group which includes representation from state government agencies, regional tourism organisations, industry and consumer associations, the Local Government Association of Queensland and six local governments from diverse regions across Queensland.

To register to attend a workshop please visit www.business.qld.gov.au/events ( http://www.business.qld.gov.au/events )

[ENDS] 14 October 2013

 Date Time Location Venue
14 October 2013 11.00am – 2.00pm Cairns Holiday Inn

Cnr Esplanade and Florence Street

15 October 2013 10.00am – 1.00pm Mount Isa Red Earth Hotel

Cnr Rodeo Drive and West Street

17 October 2013 1.00pm – 4.00pm Emerald The Capricornian

Esmond Street

21 October 2013 1.00pm – 4.00pm Charleville Newmarket Room, Charleville Race Course

Partridge Street

23 October 2013 2.00pm – 5.00pm Townsville Mayoral Reception Room, Council Chambers

103 Walker Street

24 October 2013 11.00am – 2.00pm Toowoomba Green Room, DAFF Conference and Training Centre

203 Tor Street

25 October 2013 1.00pm – 4.00pm Fraser Coast Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere

166 Old Maryborough Road