Stats Confirm Caravanning’s Vital Importance To UK Tourism
New figures from the 2017 Great Britain Tourism Survey have revealed that 9.8 million domestic caravan holidays were taken across England, Wales and Scotland last year pushing £1.64 billion through the UK economy.
This latest survey, jointly sponsored by VisitEngland, VisitScotland and Visit Wales, shows that 7.48 million domestic caravanning holidays were taken in England in 2017, 762,000 trips in Scotland and 1.56 million trips made to Wales.
The most valuable caravan sector to England proved to be rented caravan holiday homes, with trips involving this type of accommodation generating £645m across the region. Trips involving touring caravans, campervans and motorhomes – sometimes said to deliver low levels of spend to their destination – accounted for over half a billion pounds (£526m) in England, Scotland and Wales.
John Lally, Director General of the National Caravan Council (NCC), said:
“These figures confirm that caravanning, in all its forms, is vitally important to UK tourism. Caravan holidays clearly remain as popular as ever and our joint awareness campaign, Freedom to Go, continues to attract younger leisure vehicle users to the benefits of caravan and motorhome holidays.
“Many of the 550 companies represented by the NCC will have helped contribute to these impressive figures by offering consumers a fantastic choice of holiday destinations. The good weather experienced throughout 2018 coupled with strong product investment will ensure the caravan parks industry remains a British success story.”
Stats Confirm Caravanning’s Vital Importance To UK Tourism, 28th September 2018, 9:06 AM