Camping and caravanning in the UK now accounts for 78% more trips amongst British tourists than visits to Spain.Although the growth in camping this summer has raised the profile of the industry, statistics from VisitEngland and Pitchup.com show that camping is the smallest category within the sector, with many more consumers staying in caravans, lodges and motorhomes instead. Last year camping and caravanning accounted for 76.8million UK bednights – or 32% of all UK domestic holiday bednights, making it the second largest category after hotels, and bigger than B&Bs, guest houses and built self-catering accommodation combined.
Perception has it that summer is the traditional time to take this form of break. However VisitEngland stats reveal that 49% of camping and caravanning trips occur outside the June – August peak period. Data from Pitchup.com back this up with 65% of views of motorhome-related pages occurring outside the peak season. The same holds true for lodge-and touring caravan-related views, at 65% and 62% respectively. In contrast, 48% of tent-related views occur outside the main season.
Managing director of Pitchup.com, Daniel Yates, said: “These figures demonstrate that the current camping trend is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to UK consumers taking breaks in the great outdoors. Whilst touring pitches, motorhomes and static caravans have always been popular, this kind of break has opened up to a much wider demographic so is now the way to holiday in the UK.
“With these statistics we want to show that the growth in the camping and caravanning sector comes not only from the more seasonal camping trips, but also from the caravan, lodge and motorhome enthusiasts who are continuing to take breaks year-round throughout Britain. These customers are the real drivers of what has been termed the ‘staycation’ and will continue to support Britain’s domestic holiday boom.”