Encouraging early signs for The Camping and Caravanning Club

New figures from The Camping and Caravanning Club have revealed that the ‘Staycation’ looks set to continue in 2010. 

Following a 15 per cent increase in pitch nights sold during December on Club Sites, the outlook already looks encouraging for the New Year as people continue to cite the positive UK weather predictions for the next decade, the continuing poor exchange rates, concerns over the environment and the wider concerns about travel safety for their reasons for wanting to stay closer to home.

A recent YouGov poll for The Sunday Times showed that 54 per cent of Britons plan to take their main holiday at home in 2010 whilst just 11 per cent of Brits, who have already booked a domestic break, are planning an overseas holiday.

And The Club’s most recent figures support these findings with advanced booking rates already up 16 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Some of the Club Sites seeing a large increase in bookings include Oxford, Polstead (Suffolk), Corfe Castle (Dorset), Charmouth, Ashbourne, Slingsby (North Yorkshire), Teversal (Nottinghamshire), Scarborough, Keswick, Derwentwater and the new Site at Gulliver’s Milton Keynes.

Meanwhile, year to date occupancy is almost seven per cent ahead of last year.

Director General Robert Louden said: “Those who thought that the Staycation was uniquely a 2009 phenomenon look like being proven wrong.

“We recruited 65,000 members last year (a 25 per cent increase on 2008) and were able to provide a memorable and lasting experience for both members and non-members alike.

“We are therefore optimistic that both campers and caravanners will be looking to repeat that experience in 2010.

“The early signs look encouraging.”

According to VisitEngland, a 14 per cent rise in the number of people holidaying in England was noted this summer, with 2.6 million more domestic trips being made.

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 108-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 21 Camping and Caravanning and six Cabin Sites.
  2. New to Camping was launched on Monday, May 18, 2009 and incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.
  3. National awards include:
  • AA Campsite of the Year Heart of England 2010 – Teversal Club Site
  • Loo of the Year 2009 - Family Friendly Facilities Overall Trophy Winner
  • Loo of the Year 2009 - Individual Category National Award Winner (England)
  • Loo of the Year 2009 - Family Friendly National Award Winner (England)
  • Loo of the Year 2009 - Individual Attendant Team National Award Winner (Glencoe Club Site – Scotland)
  • Loo of the Year 2009 - ‘Champions League’ – Standards of Excellence
  • Loo of the Year 2009 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Teversal Club Site (England)
  • Loo of the Year 2009 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Dunbar Club Site (Scotland)
  • Which Motorcaravan Site of the Year Runner-Up – Little Trethvas Farm CS
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (Scotland) – Lauder Club Site
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (north-east) – Bellingham Club Site
  • MMM 2009 Camping & Caravanning Site of the Year – Thetford Forest Club Site
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