Cycling tourism, according to the European Greenways Association, has experienced double digit growth every year for at least the last 10 years. This trend is expected to continue for years into the future.
Cycle Tourism is a growing market with considerable opportunities for regional economies. It has a number of key segments. Cycling Holidays: touring cycling is the main purpose of the holiday. Holiday Cycling: recreational cycling is undertaken as an activity whilst on holiday. Cycling Day Visits: trips from home to places outside a person’s usual place of residence. Cycling Events: this may involve direct participation, e.g. cycling festivals such as the Dungog PedalFest, mass participation events such as BikeSA’s Dirty Weekend for mountain bikers or predominantly spectator participation events, such as the Tour Down Under.
Cycle Tourism has multiple benefits including:
- boosting domestic and inbound tourism
- providing ecological sustainable tourism
- encouraging the economic revitalisation of regional Australia
- enhancing the infrastructure of local communities
- its potential to encourage healthy activities