Bendigo Leisurefest 2020 cancelled, says Caravan Industry Victoria

Caravan Industry Victoria (CIV) says the Bendigo Leisurefest will not go ahead in 2020 as planned, due to intrastate travel restrictions and limited State Government advice on a safe pathway to hosting events.

The Associations Participation Victorian Stage Government Round Table meetings had failed to yield further information, and with the Premiers Roadmap to Recovery as a guide and the extended period for current experiences, the Association felt compelled to cancel the event.

“We must comply with the current Victorian Government restrictions to keep everyone safe, no matter the effect it has on consumers, business and livelihoods,” says Rob Lucas, Chief Executive CIV.

“There are obligations for us, including the need to provide as much advance notice as possible to members and exhibitors on such a decision.”



The Association pledges continued support for industry partners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent measures.

“Exhibitors, Members and Consumers can rest assured we are, and will continue to lobby the Victorian Government to ease restrictions for outdoor caravan and camping shows to allow the Association, Members and Exhibitors to operate in a COVID-19 safe manner.”

Thankfully, members and exhibitors are still seeing strong sales and inquiries as more Australians seek out local destinations.

The challenge now for the industry is keeping up with inquiries and meeting demand due to the restrictions and requirements for business to operate, even with COVID safe plans there are significant challenges to get business back to full capacity.

The Association continues to work on these issues.

For anyone wishing to explore options in one place, the Victorian Caravan & Camping Virtual Show has been extended until November 5 to provide some assistance to those looking for products and services.