Grant Wilckens, Chairman of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (and CEO of Discovery Parks Group), is a regional winner of the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Australia.
This is a fantastic endorsement on the work undertaken by Grant and his team who are using cutting edge digital technology to give customers a great holiday park experience.
Grant left a corporate career with Rothschild and KPMG to start Discovery Parks 14 years ago. Discovery Parks, now majority owned by Sunsuper, claims the largest network of holiday leisure parks in Australia which Grant hopes the company will be worth $1 billion in two years’ time. Discovery Parks owns and operates 65 parks and Grant expects the network to grow to 400 parks generating $184 million in revenue by 2020. Grant challenges old-fashioned attitudes to the industry with his approach to park management, focusing on customer service and digital marketing.
It is great to see the caravan and leisure industry achieving success within the wider business community. This recognises that the caravan and camping industry continues to mature and grow from strength to strength.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program recognises and celebrates the spirit and contribution of exceptional entrepreneurs. They are the individuals who see things beyond the horizon before anyone else does and help shape the future. By challenging orthodox methods and creating new markets for goods and services, entrepreneurs positively disrupt the way we do business and help enhance our quality of life.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year programme operates in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries worldwide, honouring men and women who build and lead successful, growing and dynamic businesses. EY knows what it takes to build, scale and nurture a great company. Through our Entrepreneur Of The Year programme, EY is recognised as a world leader in advising, guiding and recognising the best high-growth entrepreneurs and their companies.