Campers’ boost economy

Campers and caravanners contribute significantly to the economy every year, according to research carried out on behalf of The Camping and Caravanning Club.

The full findings of the research will be released during National Camping and Caravanning Week, which takes place 26 May to 1 June 2007. The annual event, now in its sixth year, encourages new campers and those who regularly spend their leisure time in tent, caravan or motorhome to explore local  and discover local sights, sounds and tastes whilst enjoying the freedom of camping holidays.

The first piece of research, in association with retailer Halfords, will look at the amount of money campers contribute to the local economy. Chairman of The Camping and Caravanning Club, Nev Ramsbottom, says: “Over 17 million camping or caravanning holidays are taken each year. That accounts for around 12 percent of all holidays taken* and contributes to a significant spend in the nation’s economy which, in turn, positively impacts rural jobs. Much of this is fuelled by people’s desire to visit and explore new places and sample local food; camping gives you the freedom to do this economically and at a moment’s notice.”

According to The Camping and Caravanning Club, another reason why people are increasingly choosing to use their own accommodation throughout the UK’s growing number of camp sites** is as a gateway to a whole host of other lifestyle activities. A second piece of research, undertaken jointly by the Club and the Outdoor Industries Association, the trade body representing camping and outdoor equipment manufacturers and retailers, looks into the type of outdoor activities that campers and caravanners typically choose be it walking, climbing etc.

NCCW07 is open to anyone with a passion for the outdoors. Taking place at sites and retailers throughout the UK there will be deals including camping kits for under £100 and fantastic competitions.

You could win yourself a sleek Adria Action Plus Caravan and a week’s holiday in a luxury Hymer motorhome courtesy of Brownhills, Europe’s leading motorhome retailer, coupled with award-winning Club Sites. For information about these and other competitions log onto the National Camping and Caravanning Week website.

*Due to increasing demand for pitches, the Club has opened six new camp sites in this year alone.

**Mintel Report 2005

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Editorial Notes:

Research Details and media opportunities

The research will be released in two parts:

                                   Sandringham Camping and Caravanning Club Site at 11am.

The full findings of the research entitled “Spend into Local Communities’ will be announced at an event and farmers market, sponsored by International Caravan and Motorhome 2007 show, being hosted by the Club’s award-winning site in Sandringham, Norfolk. Speakers will include Club President David Bellamy. Please note the farmers market is open to the general public. Speakers and key staff will be available for interview from 11.30am.

The full findings of the research entitled “Outdoor Activities” will be announced at an event demonstrating a range of outdoor adventures at the Club’s award-winning site in Keswick. Speakers and key staff will be available for interview from 2.00pm.

If you would like to experience a Club Site or Forest Holidays Site or discuss opportunities for interviews and programmes directly from site for during NCCW please speak to the above contacts.

The Camping and Caravanning Club is 106 years old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has over 100 award-winning sites throughout the and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 21 Camping and Caravanning and three Cabin Sites.

National awards for 2006/7 include:

  • Practical Motorhome 2007 Sovereign Awards – Carefree International Travel Service awarded Gold Sovereign 2007
  • Barron’s UK’s favourite camp site, Keswick 2007
  • Loo of the Year, Overall Winner 2006
  • Loo of the Year, Glencoe Site - Winner in Scotland 2006
  • Scottish Thistle Awards, Glencoe Site highly commended 2006
  • Camping Magazine’s readers voted Minehead Site as the Most Scenic Camp Site in Britain 2006
  • Enjoy Excellence Awards, Sandringham Site awarded silver for 2006
  • North East England Excellence in Tourism Awards, Barnard awarded bronze for 2006
  • MMM’s readers voted Teversal Site as the Best Camp Site 2006
  • European Call Centre of the Year (under 50 seats) 2006
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