Recent research by travel trade association ABTA has revealed the UK is set to be British holidaymakers’ destination of choice in 2018. 66% of the British population are already planning time away closer to home, which makes it perfect timing to go camping and explore the outdoors
Europe follows the UK as a close second as the destination of choice with 63% planning to visit and 14% looking to travel to North America.
2017 was a popular year for UK breaks, with British adults taking an average of 2.1 UK holidays: up on the previous year. Families with children aged five and over enjoyed 2.7 UK breaks and adults aged 35 to 44 ventured on 2.5 domestic vacations.
Research indicates that British spending on holidays will also increase, as a significant 31% are putting aside more money for their vacations in 2018, while 47% are hoping to spend the same and just 14% plan to spend less.
Figures from The Camping and Caravanning Club suggest this trend is already well underway, reporting a 10% increase in bookings across its 106 club campsites for the 2018 season year-to-date versus 2017.
Brexit and the fall in the value of the pound has also helped contribute to the rise of glamping and luxury options available, helping ensure that camping and caravanning sites remain firm family favourites for holiday destinations. In addition, more and more sites now also provide the likes of luxury yurts and huts as well as the more traditional family holiday options.
The Caravan and Motorhome Club also supports the positive forecast announcing that 2017 was the best-ever year for tent camping, with a 13% increase compared to 2016 and its best-ever figures currently for winter camping. Leisure vehicle holidays were also up in 2017 with the club reporting an 11% growth in pitch nights over 2016 and a record November for touring caravan, motorhome and campervan stays.
“Sales of both motorhomes and caravans were up in 2017, with motorhome registrations rising by 14.9% and tourer factory dispatches to dealers increasing by 8.7%,” said Jenny Summers, Group Marketing Director of the NCC (National Caravan Council), the UK’s trade body for the tourer, motorhome and caravan holiday home industries.
The growth of the British tourism industry boded well for the NCC’s Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 in February with a record-breaking 101,583 visitors attending its sister-show in October last year.
This year’s event took place at Birmingham’s NEC between 20th and 25th February, bringing together over 370 exhibitors. It’s the UK’s largest showcase of caravans, campervans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and lodges as well as new season tents, trailer tents and folding caravans.
Fancy going on your own camping trip?
There are plenty of sites across the UK that you can visit – and you don’t always have to be a member to book and enjoy the benefits either. However, if you become a member of the Camping and Caravanning Club you can save 30% on pitch fees every time you book! You can find out more by visiting www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk
According to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018, being outside creates the happiest memories.
Research shows that those who camp are happier, healthier, less stressed, and spend more quality time with family and friends.
Studies also show that families who camp together have better relationships, with eight in ten campers agreeing that camping brings families closer.
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