Positive Signs for 2012 Camping Season

The Camping and Caravanning Club is reaping the rewards as holidaymakers search for affordable accommodation during this unprecedented year for tourism.

With key events taking place including the Torch Relay, the Cultural Festival, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, domestic tourism is expected to benefit.

And the early signs look particularly encouraging for the Club, with an Easter ‘holiday at home’ proving to be popular with campers.

The Club’s advanced bookings for the Easter bank holiday weekend (April 6-9) are currently up 28 per cent compared to the same period in 2010 and five per-cent up on last year – and this number is only predicted to rise over the next three weeks.

Meanwhile, daily spend by campers on Club Sites is approximately £37 per unit or pitch (excluding site fees), which provides a substantial boost to local businesses and in turn the local economy.

This good news comes just a week before the official opening of the majority of the Club’s UK Club Sites and Camping in the Forest Sites on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

The Club offers 110 Club Sites and 20 Camping in the Forest Campsites which are situated in idyllic locations across the country.

New to the network this year are Drayton Manor Club Site near Tamworth and Braithwaite Fold, Bowness-on-Windermere Club Site in the Lake District.

Robert Louden, the Club’s Director General, said: “With so much going on in 2012, this is the perfect time to make the most of the UK and take a holiday - our booking numbers are extremely positive at this stage

“We’re dedicated to encouraging campers to experience domestic holidays. There’s no better way to enjoy our beautiful countryside at inexpensive costs than by camping with the Club.”

To book a pitch on any of our 110 award-winning UK Club Sites, telephone 0845 130 7633 or 024 7647 5426 or visit: www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk

To book a pitch on any of our 20 Camping in the Forest Sites, telephone 0845 130 8224 or 024 7642 3008 or visit; www.campingintheforest.co.uk

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 111-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, now runs and manages a further 20 Camping in the Forest Touring Sites.
  2. http://www.realrichness.co.uk was launched on Monday, April 18, 2011.
  3. http://www.newtocamping.co.uk incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.
  4. National awards include:
  • Midlands CIPR PRide Awards 2011 Finalist – Real Richness: The List (Integrated Communications, Not-for-Profit, Consumer Relations)
  • Marketing Week Engage 2011 Awards Finalist (PR) – New to Camping
  • AA Campsite of the Year Scotland 2012- Skye Club Site
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2012 – Ashbourne, Corfe Castle, Charmouth, Folkestone (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2012 – Lauder (Silver)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2012 – Barnard Castle, Dunbar (Bronze)
  • Midlands CIPR PRide Awards 2010 Gold Winner – New to Camping (Not-for-Profit)
  • Midlands CIPR PRide Awards 2010 Silver Winner – New to Camping (Consumer Relations)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Skye Club Site (Scotland)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2011 – Delamere Forest Club Site (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2011 – Corfe Castle Club Site (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2011 – Oban Club Site (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2011 – Chipping Norton (Silver)
  • Which Motorhome Sites of the Year 2011- Dunbar Club Site

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