RV-friendly tag to boost city tourism

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

The City of Kar­ratha is work­ing with Dis­cov­ery Parks to help Kar­ratha achieve a recre­ational ve­hi­cle-friendly sta­tus to give the re­gion’s tourism in­dus­try a boost.

The coun­cil will sup­port Dis­cov­ery Parks in cre­at­ing a low­cost RV area on its Bal­moral Car­a­van Park site by putting $25,000 to­wards erect­ing a di­vid­ing fence and will es­tab­lish sig­nage to guide visi­tors to the fa­cil­ity.

City of Kar­ratha Deputy Mayor John Lally said achiev­ing the Car­a­van and Mo­torhome Club of Aus­tralia des­ig­na­tion will ex­pand the tourism in­dus­try.

“We have been work­ing on build­ing our tourism in­dus­try for quite some time now, and it’s great to see so many com­pa­nies like Dis­cov­ery Parks putting for­ward pro­pos­als to grow the in­dus­try,” he said.

“More self-drive tourists po­ten­tially stay­ing longer will mean more money spent at our lo­cal busi­nesses like cafes, me­chan­ics and shops which is great for our lo­cal econ­omy.”

Kar­ratha Vis­i­tor Cen­tre man­ager Jane Knapp said they sup­ported the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to at­tain RV-friendly sta­tus.

“With­out it those ones will go through and stop in Port Hed­land,” she said. “We want them to stop here and want them to see it’s a des­ti­na­tion.”

Ms Knapp said it will en­cour­age tourists to come to town and stay for a longer pe­riod of time.

The City saw the need to progress to RV Friendly Town sta­tus af­ter an ini­tia­tive by the Pil­bara Re­gional Coun­cil.

The PRC un­der­took the Pil­bara Recre­ational Ve­hi­cle Friendly study in re­sponse to the per­ceived lack of RV-friendly fa­cil­i­ties in Kar­ratha. The study noted al­most 80 per cent of the re­gion’s tourists ar­rive by road.

“There is al­ready a strong self­drive tourism mar­ket in Kar­ratha, and hav­ing the RV-friendly des­ig­na­tion will pro­vide great pro­mo­tion for us among this mar­ket seg­ment,” Mr Lally said.

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