The concept of Caravan tourism has gained immense popularity across the globe owing to the freedom and flexibility it provides, while New Tourism Products Annual Report 2009-10 33 holidaying vis-a-vis itineraries and accommodation. This would include Caravans, i.e, vehicles viz. Recreational Vehicle (RV), Campervans, Motor Homes etc. Caravans are unique tourism products, which promote family oriented tours even at circuits/ destinations where adequate hotel accommodations are not available. One of the essential pre-requisites for Caravan tourism is the presence of sufficient Caravan Parks in the identified circuits. A Caravan Park is a place providing basic or advanced amenities and facilities where Caravans can stay overnight in allotted spaces.
Considering the immense land area and the multitude of landscapes in India, Caravans and Caravan Parks are sure to add an exciting new facet to tourism. The initial demand in this niche segment is expected to come both from domestic and in-bound tourists.
There is at present a growing demand for eco, adventure, wildlife and pilgrimage tourism. This involves visiting and staying in remote areas, forests, deserts and riversides. There is shortage of accommodation at tourist destinations, especially in remote areas and in certain cases at places where a permanent construction may neither be permissible nor feasible. In such a scenario, Caravan Tourism can effectively meet the growing demand, while ensuring adherence to quality, standards and safety norms. Caravan Tourism would attract a wide range of market segment including young people, families, senior citizens and international tourists. The Caravan tourism policy issued by the Ministry is aimed to promote, facilitate and incentivise development of :-