Aussie Tourism Looks to Limit Free RV Sites

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July 16, 2014 by   Comments Off on Aussie Tourism Looks to Limit Free RV Sites

Tourism authorities in Australia are working with councils across the North Coast to develop a consistent strategy for handling the growing number of RVs traveling the Pacific Highway.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported that the Pacific Highway is becoming increasingly popular for tourists in RV’s who stop in free parking sites overnight.

Concerns have been raised about RV and holiday parks losing business, as RVs use free public facilities. Parks fear the popularity of free overnight parking and dumping sites could threaten their business.

The North Coast Destination Network will begin work next month with all North Coast councils, hoping to develop a more consistent strategy to accommodate RVs.

Belinda Novicky, executive officer of the network, said they are looking to strike the right balance.

“There needs to be quite a bit of work done,” she said. “We want to make sure that we have the right facilities and that we’re able to promote our holiday parks, and what they have to offer, as well as making sure that we’re providing free camping that is of interest to the RV market.”

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