The Tourism Industry Association has reported that rumours that
campervans and motorhomes are booked out for the Rugby World Cup
(RWC) next year are not true. Major campervan companies have
advised they are looking forward to receiving more bookings as New
Zealand moves into the 'One Year To Go'
"We are still taking bookings for campervans and motorhomes for
the Rugby World Cup and have plenty of availability for the month
of October 2011," says Kea Campers Operations Manager Tamara
"Although we have a steady stream of enquiries and bookings, we
don't expect a great increase until international airfares and
seats are released."
Most airlines will be making seats available through online
systems between 350 and 365 days in advance.
Tourism Holdings Ltd (THL) General Manager Marketing &
Customer Relations Kate Meldrum says as expected, bookings have
been coming in steadily over the first booking phase.
"Demand is currently strongest for the pool phase of the
tournament but we certainly aren't booked out. We are comfortable
with the booking patterns to date and expect further steady demand
as flights open up for free independent travellers."
Holiday Accommodation Parks Association of New Zealand (HAPNZ)
Chief Executive Fergus Brown says that parks in most areas of New
Zealand have space available during RWC 2011, with Auckland being
the only exception.
"We expect that most areas of New Zealand will have sufficient
capacity in existing facilities to meet customer demand over RWC
2011. Holiday parks in Christchurch and Wellington report that
bookings to date have been slow.
"Like the campervan and motor home operators, we expect bookings
to pick up when airline booking systems come online. The Auckland
City Council is working through plans to meet demand in
Rental vehicle operators are experiencing steady demand.
"Some of our members have reported good initial bookings for RWC
2011, however we still have significant capacity available to meet
future demand," comments Rental Vehicle Association (RVA) Chief
Executive Raewyn Bleakley.
"It is important that potential international visitors know that
there is fleet available and that they should be making bookings
through travel agents or direct to the campervan operators."
Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive Tim
Cossar says RWC 2011 organisers and the tourism industry are
working together to ensure potential travellers have accurate
information about accommodation and pricing.
"Campervans and motorhomes are an integral part of planning for
the event and the last message we want rugby fans around the world
to get is that they are sold out - they certainly are not.
Consumers can be confident that with one year to go to kick off,
there are still plenty of accommodation options."