CARAVAN PARK INCOME TOTALLED $638 MILLION IN 2000-01
At the end of June 2001, there were 1,222 private, employing businesses operating 1,417 caravan park and camping ground establishments in Australia. This represented 21% of all accommodation businesses.
In addition, there were 22 government bodies (mainly local government) operating caravan parks. It should be noted that the majority of caravan parks owned by government are leased to private operators, which are included in the private business figures. For the remainder of this article, the total of 1,244 private businesses and government organisations operating caravan parks and camping grounds is referred to as the ‘caravan park sector’.
The total income of the caravan park sector in 2000-01 was $638 million of which the majority was received from accommodation. Takings from accommodations amounted to $491 million for private operators and $35 million for government-operated caravan parks. Other sources of income included takings from meals, sales of liquor and other beverages and sales of other goods.
There were 8,176 people employed in the caravan park sector at the end of June 2001, of which 98% worked in private caravan park businesses. Wages and salaries was the largest expense item for the caravan park sector, amounting to $123 million, or 23% of total expenses ($539 million). Average wages and salaries per employee was $16,000 for private caravan park and camping ground businesses and $23,400 for government-operated caravan parks and camping grounds.
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