Home' Caravanning Australia : Autumn 2012 Contents 20 • Caravanning Australia • Autumn 2012
PathFinder OutDoor Destinations, based in Melbourne, and
Best Parks in America, based in McLean, Virginia, United
States, have established an international partnership,
which commenced in January 2012. This partnership was made
for the purpose of creating an international network whose aim is
to promote the growth of quality OutDoor Destination properties
and experiences in Australia, New Zealand, the United States
OutDoor Destinations are natural environments (for example
holiday parks, caravan parks, campgrounds in national parks,
nature based eco-lodges, and agritourism properties such as
farmstays and wineries) where guests can expect memorable
experiences, superior quality facilities and amenities, and often
unique accommodation. An OutDoor Destination experience is
a combination of both the specific property and the surrounding
environment in which it is set. For the guest experience, the two
are inextricably linked.
The international partnership brings together two leading
organisations with the intention of developing a global
operation promoting a ‘WOW’ guest experience in an outdoor
environment. The WOW factors will be based on first and last
impressions, unique products and services, and the opportunity
for the guest to rest, relax and rejuvenate. From an industry
perspective, this international partnership plays an important role
in establishing a forum for knowledge exchange, international
promotion of quality properties, and to establish the model of
This international affiliation will provide the opportunity
to develop a new sector in tourism that is in line with what
holidaymakers are looking for, cross promotes tourism for those
countries involved in the affiliation, assists operators to build
business, and develops a global rating criteria that promotes
achievable benchmarks to which operators can aspire, and that
ensures guests a great outdoor holiday experience.
PathFinder OutDoor Destinations, established in 2011, is
a breakaway brand designed to facilitate successful business
growth through an enlarged opportunity horizon.
Best Parks in America was established in 2003 as a
marketing group for highly rated RV parks and campgrounds.
Today, Best Parks is charting a new and exciting outdoor resort
concept for its more than 80 affiliated parks across the United
States and Canada. The organisation was founded by David
Gorin, the former President and CEO of the National Association
of RV Parks & Campgrounds, and owner of David Gorin &
Associates, an RV park campground consulting company.
The partnership anticipates further expansion in 2012 to
broaden the non-competitive sharing of information for the
benefit of its members and, ultimately, the consumer. ●
Australian and United States OutDoor Destination
organisations form international partnership
The largest ever gathering of caravans in one venue in
queensland is to take place in September 2013 when the
15th National Caravan Rally is held in Rockhampton from
23 September – 2 October.
The organising committee is expecting between 600 and 700
caravans from all over Australia and New Zealand to converge
on Rockhampton for 10 days of fun and fellowship as members
renew acquaintances made at previous National Caravan Rallies,
and enjoy all the entertainment on offer at the Rally as only
Rockhampton Showground has been chosen as the venue
for the Rally because of its superb infrastructure and its ability to
service such a large contingent of caravans. The venue is also
ideally situated within easy reach of shops, restaurants, hospitals,
entertainment venues, beaches – everything anyone could
possibly need or wish for is very close at hand.
Tours to local attractions will be organised for attendees, and
many low-cost and free activities are also on offer in the area,
including Rockhampton’s internationally recognised Botanic
and Japanese Gardens, the Rockhampton Art Gallery, the
Rockhampton Zoo and Murray Lagoon Wetlands, and the Fitzroy
River parkland and nature walk. Visitors can take a drive up
to Mount Archer to take in the spectacular views or explore the
The Rally site will be busy both day and night with
caravanners joining in a variety of activities on offer, including
craft sessions, technology classes, sporting events, book club,
bingo, informative seminars on a variety of topics, trade exhibitor
stands, market stalls – the list is never-ending. Rally attendees
will not be looking for something to do! Organisers are also
planning some big surprises for the evenings’ entertainment.
Children have not been forgotten in the planning process.
Professional care is being arranged for the children and a wide
range of activities planned based on recommendations from the
children themselves as to what they would like to see happen at
National Caravan Club Rallies are held every three years
around Australia, with states taking it in turn to host the event.
Attendance at these rallies is open to members of bona fide and
incorporated caravan clubs only.
The 15th National Caravan Club Rally is proudly supported
by the Queensland Government and Tourism Queensland, and
is also grateful for support from Jayco, Aspen Parks, Capricorn
Enterprise and the Rockhampton Regional Council.
Further opportunities for sponsorship are available. For more
information on the Rally or to be involved in this way, contact the
Secretary at email@example.com. ●
CARAVANNERS ‘ROCK INTO
ROCKY’ IN 2013
Links Archive Summer 2011-2012 Winter 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page