In an opinion piece in the RV Daily Report released this morning, editor Greg Gerber applauded the decision for the national associations representing the caravanning and camping sector in Australia, CRVA and RVM Australia, to integrate.
Gerber noted that there are six national industry associations in the US, each representing a specific segment of the industry, with separate agendas that counter the goals of the others. He remarked how refreshing it would be if these organisations were to follow Australia’s lead.
This week saw the announcement that the Caravan, RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia Ltd (CRVA) and RVM Australia will merge to develop a single national body by July 2014.
This move demonstrates the ongoing desire of the caravanning and camping industry in Australia to look for positive cooperative relationships to advance both industry demand and product development.
Ahead of meeting with American RV industry leaders next week in Louisville, Stuart Lamont, Chief Executive Officer of CRVA commented that partnerships are in the best interests of the industry as a whole.
“When like-minded organisations work together towards a common goal, there are advantages for all concerned," Mr Lamont said.
"We are interested in pursuing partnerships with entities that can create further benefits for the industry and its participants.”
Earlier this year CRVA signed a partnership agreement with the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAA) to provide industrial relations advice for industry members, and has committed to working together with industry groups on the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program (ATAP) in relation to caravan park accreditation.
CRVA also continues to work collaboratively with state associations in the areas of marketing, research, policy development and advocacy.