Domestic tourism is on the up – mainly because none of us can afford to go abroad.
The staycation looks set to be the most popular form of holiday for Brits this summer, according to the latest research – and that means that the roads of Britain are set to be busier than ever as millions hit the roads for their holidays.
Recent research by travel trade association Abta has revealed the information, with Europe following a close second with 63 percent planning to visit the continent and 14 percent looking to travel to North America. The main reason given by those questioned for cutting back is the pure cost of a trip – just 31 percent of those questioned are putting aside more money for their holidays this year, while 47 percent of those who responded are hoping to spend the same and 14 percent plan to spend less.
Caravanning is also on the up – an increase of 10 percent in bookings across all 106 Camping and Caravanning Club sites has already been recorded for this year compared with 2017, numbers also supported by the Caravan and Motorhome Club.
'Sales of both motorhomes and caravans were up in 2017, with motorhome registrations rising by 14.9 percent and factory dispatches to dealers increasing by 8.7 percent,' said Jenny Summers, head of marketing at the National Caravan Council. 'This clearly demonstrates the continuing popularity of using a leisure vehicle to explore the UK and beyond.'
The rise in domestic tourism and an increase in popularity for caravanning coincides with the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show later this month. More than 101,000 people visited its sister show last October – a record-breaking number of visitors.
The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 takes place between 20-25 February at Birmingham’s NEC and brings together over 370 exhibitors at what is 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.