The international border closure is driving more tourists to the Bundaberg Region with more than 3000 nights booked at the CMCA Park this year and $2.7 million spent in the area since the park opened.
The figures are on track to be higher than the 2019 record of 4000 visitors for the total year and are providing a range of tourism and economic benefits to the region.
Arthur Bugden, from the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia national member services team, said survey results showed the park had accommodated 12,000 nights since opening in 2018.
He said the average spend of each RV was estimated to be $271.50 per night in the region.
“That's a total economic impact of just under $2.7 million in three years,” Arthur said.
“The Bundaberg park has the highest spend per night recorded than any other CMCA RV park which reflects what the city and region has to offer visitors in both attractions and services.
“It also has the longest average stay per visit at just over three nights, with many originally booking for one night but extending for multiple night stays.”
CMCA park Bundaberg at full capacity
Arthur said the park was experiencing full capacity at the moment, largely due to the peak traveller season and COVID restrictions.
“The park has had a stronger shoulder season this year and this would be attributed to the larger number of travellers on the roads across all areas of Australia, but in particular Queensland at present,” he said.
“This has been affected by the COVID situation and the inability to travel overseas.”
Arthur said the park itself was one of the key attractions that made RV users want to stay in the area, with the low-cost accommodation site providing a relaxed space to rest and recharge.
“Over 70% of our guests have confirmed that they would not have stopped in Bundaberg except for the low cost RV park being here,” he said.
“The region also has a large number of RV service industries where people can stop and get repairs done while staying at the park.
“They love the park because it is safe and they can leave their rig whilst they go exploring.”
With so much to see and do, Arthur said travellers were enjoying discovering all corners of the region with some even deciding to stay on as permanent residents.
“One of the unseen and unmeasurable side benefits has been the positive reviews of Bundaberg and surrounds such as Childers, Woodgate, Gin Gin and Bargara now appearing on various RV Facebook sites which offer positive vibes as an RV Tourism destination,” he said.
“There has also been an increase in house sales with people liking the area and deciding to relocate permanently.
“At least seven known real estate sales can be attributed to visitors to the park.”
The CMCA Bundaberg Park is situated at 45 Burrum Street and costs just $3 per night, per person for CMCA members.
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