Collaboration To Increase Accessibility Within The Caravan Holiday Park Sector

Caravan Industry Association of Australia is pleased to announce a collaboration with a leading advocate of accessible accommodation – The Accessible Group – Accessible Accommodation.

With an ageing population, the disability sector is expected to grow significantly. By 2050, a quarter of the population will be aged 65 years or over. Currently, around 20% of Australian adults have a disability or long-term health condition. Combine this with increased life expectancy & we will see a greater demand for accessible & inclusive tourism.

Caravan holiday park operators have a great opportunity to tap into this increasing demand through the provision of accessible accommodation, facilities, and activity areas.

About The Accessible Group

Accessible Accommodation provides professional consulting on how to make caravan holiday park accessible AND stylish, whether you are building a new property or renovating an existing one.

Reports are tailored to your business needs and premises, providing a detailed breakdown of the recommended improvements and changes you need to make to become ATDW Accessible Accredited. A three-tiered ‘Accessible Qualified’ rating system, helps you dissect what’s really needed to embrace travellers with disabilities, and what is a waste of money.

Disability building codes are for permanent accessible accommodation, not the tourism industry. Accessible Accommodation helps make your property accessible to tourists without breaking the bank.

Accessible Accommodation provide services to the accommodation and tourism sector in the following areas:

• New property developments

• Redevelopments

• Renovations

• Bank applications

• Grant applications

• Getting your property accredited

• Home renovation for Holiday letting

• Local Councils and tourism bodies wishing to improve their accessible features

• Inclusion training either in-person or online

Founder of The Accessible Group, Kerry Williams commented; “I am excited to partner with the Caravan Industry Association of Australia to benefit both people with disabilities (19% of our population) and retirees (25%). Accessible Tourism is a booming sector, and Holiday Parks are well-suited to meet the rising demand for accessible accommodation. Our Accessible Qualified program sets the standard for Accessible Tourism, offering peace of mind to both guests and providers. Through our Consulting Service and Inclusion Training Programs, we aim to equip Association members with the tools to offer a welcoming accessible guest experience, with exclusive discounts for their members. It’s a win-win partnership for both members and guests with disabilities.”

CEO of Caravan Industry Association of Australia, Stuart Lamont commented; “the announcement of our collaboration with The Accessible Group means a tremendous amount for the industry. We recently saw a number of parks across the country receive grants from Minister Farrell and the Federal Government for accessible park infrastructure. This collaboration is the next progression in embracing accessible tourism within the industry.”

“Accessibility is often confused with how mobile someone may be. Accessibility means so much more, it is the practice of making information activities and surroundings make sense and meaningful for as many people as possible. We are excited to work with industry to make it easier for all Australians to enjoy the benefits of a caravanning and camping experience.”

To find out more about why parks should become more accessible, click here to view the video of Founder – Kerry Williams.