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Motorhome sales are on the up, as ‘staycation’ figures hit new peak

Motorhome registrations rose by 11.3% in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period of 2016. Touring caravan production, meanwhile, increased by 13.7%.

Caravan holiday home numbers are also steadily increasing, with a 5.6% growth in deliveries to holiday park locations.

The figures were released by the National Caravan Council in advance of the 2017 Motorhome & Caravan Show at Birmingham’s NEC from 17 to 22 October – where leisure vehicle manufacturers and dealers show their 2018 product ranges and around 100,000 visitors are expected to attend – and confirm the UK’s continuing enthusiasm for motorhoming and caravanning.

“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,” said Jenny Summers, Group Marketing Director for the NCC. “The European tourer 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.”

Indeed, from January to April 2017, Britons took a record 14.4 million domestic holidays, or ‘staycations’, 3% up on the same period last year.

VisitEngland reports that British residents took 44.7 million holiday trips in England in 2016, 2% up on the previous year. Over 10.2 million, or nearly one in four of these vacations, used motorhomes, caravans or camping as accommodation.

VisitEngland’s figures also demonstrate that Brits are increasingly using motorhomes, caravans and camping as accommodation for other trips made, such as to sporting events or even to visit relatives, contributing to a grand total of 11.94 million trips taken during 2016, a 2.5% increase over 2015.

The Camping & Caravanning Club, formed in 1901, has grown to a record membership of 300,000 households this year. With over 100 UK sites, pitch night sales have risen 9% year to date compared with 2016. The club puts the increase in motorhoming, caravanning and staycations down to warmer summers, lower fuel prices and a wider range of camping options such as glamping.

The Caravan & Motorhome Club’s membership also continues to grow as it invests in new and existing sites in the UK, and enhances its offering in Europe. Overall bookings for the 2017 summer were up 2.2% on last year and motorhome bookings were up 8%. The club also witnessed a 5% increase in family bookings.

The Motorhome and Caravan Show is the UK’s biggest leisure vehicle show. Visitors will be able to access over 700 leisure vehicles from leading manufacturers and dealers, and try their hand at motorhome manoeuvring and caravan towing. Celebrity chefs cook from newly-launched leisure vehicles in the LIVE Theatre and industry experts will share their tips on leisure vehicle ownership and holidays. With attractions for all the family, children enter free.

Tickets are on sale now from as little as £8.50 at http://www.mcshow.co.uk.
Date posted: 27th, September, 2017