According to figures released by the National Caravan Council this week, 2017 has been a fantastic year for caravanning, and it’s still only August!
Production of touring caravans in the first 6 months of the year is up 13.7% on the same period last year, while new motorhome registrations are up by 11.3%.
This is great news not only for the new caravan trade, but for the used market, the leisure and tourism industries, and the British economy as a whole, too.
Speaking of the numbers, the National Caravan Council’s Jenny Summers said, “We see a consistently strong market for leisure vehicles, and their continuing appeal as accommodation on a wide range of trips away in both the UK and abroad.”
She continued, “The [caravan and motorhome] industry is providing innovative and stylish products at competitive prices, with products such as campervan conversions appealing to a younger market. These figures also endorse the popularity of staycations in the UK.”
This influx of new caravan owners has seen a rise in domestic holidays—as Jenny puts it, so-called “staycations”—with 14.4 million Brits choosing to holiday in the UK between January and April this year alone – up 3% on the same period in 2016. This includes hotel holidays, caravan park holidays, and stays in holiday cottages too, but over a quarter of these were touring caravan, motorhome or camping holidays.
In 2016, according to VisitEngland, between all of the above, us Brits took 44.7 million holiday trips in England alone, with millions more holidaying in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. This figure is up 2.5% on 2015.
With the August Bank Holiday still to come and plenty of end-of-season caravan holidays still to be taken, it’s looking like a bumper year for caravan sales and Great British holidays!