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Australian RV industry consolidates

Australian RV industry consolidates

QUEENSLAND, Australia –The Caravan RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA) and the Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers Association (RVMA) announced today the two groups were working together to expeditiously and responsibly form a new integrated body to represent the caravanning and camping industry in Australia.

“There are many advantages in the development of a single national body, not the least of which is strong advocacy to government with one united voice on industry issues,” according to a joint statement.

A working group is in the process of being established with representatives of both organizations to manage the process.

“This is viewed by both organizations as a positive move and members will be kept fully informed of progress of the working party,” the statement added. “In the meantime, both organizations will be operating as normal.”

The Caravan RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia membership currently consists of representatives from each of the state caravanning and camping associations and the national Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers Association (RVMA).  In addition, approximately 1,200 individual caravanning and camping businesses voluntarily contribute to a collective pool whereby CRVA undertakes services on behalf of the industry including national marketing, advocacy, research, education and accreditation.

There is currently some crossover of duties between CRVA and RVMA within the Australian manufacturing sector.

According to Stuart Lamont, CEO of CRVA, the commitment announced this week provides much benefit not least of which include:

  • Galvanisation of the industry
  • Single representation to the federal government and agencies
  • Commitment to roll out whole of industry training and education
  • Commitment to product quality, safety, customer service, and workforce development under a single banner
  • Providing additional platform and resources to industry accreditation
  • Efficiency and administration savings.

“This new structure will allow the new entity to be truly representative of the entire supply chain include industry suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, and accommodation businesses,” he explained. “In addition the new entity will continue to interact strongly with consumers building on the current active consumer database numbering 157,000.”

The process will also involve a change of name, organizational structure, and board composition, which will be announced to the industry at the 2014 CRVA National Conference being held in Hobart April 2 to 4.

The anticipated timeframe for this to be completed is July 1.  Prior to that date, CRVA (represented by the new name) will continue to be committed to collective national initiatives such as the National Tourism Alliance and the Tourism & Hospitality Careers Council, industry improvement through accreditation and sponsorship of the Qantas Tourism Awards, and workforce development programs, such as Workforc Futures, in consultation with Service Skills Australia, Manufacturing Skills Australia, and Automotive Skills Australia.

The new entity will also be responsible for the hosting of the upcoming World RV Conference to be held in Melbourne in February 2015.

For more information, e-mail Lamont at stuart@crva.com.au

SOURCE: Caravan RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia press release

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