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Monday 18 May 2009

The Camping and Caravanning Club believes that the domestic tourism boom will be reflected in its National Audit figures at the end of the month.

Campers across the UK will be able to pledge their support for their favourite pastime by taking part in the annual audit, during National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW), which will run from May 23 to 29.

Whether on an award-winning Club, Certificated, Independent Site or locally organised event or even in a back garden, campers can telephone the dedicated hotline (freephone 0800 13 83 248) or register via the NCCW website and let The Club know of their night/s under the stars.

Telephone lines will open from midnight on Friday, May 22 with figures being taken for people camping across the UK on the night of Saturday, May 23.

The results will be available following NCCW.

Last year, according to the audit, almost 96,000 people enjoyed a Saturday evening adventure in natural surroundings.

However, that figure looks set to rise this time around because at the end of April, The Club had seen a 38 per cent rise in family campers booking nights during NCCW this year compared to 2008.

Director General Robert Louden said: “Last May’s audit figures were impressive but this year could be even better.

“There has been a real upsurge in interest in camping since the turn of the year and there really are so many reasons for Britons to holiday at home this season.

“Even the weather seems to be rallying to the cause of UK tourism, with the Met Office forecasting a barbecue summer of above-average temperatures.

“This is great news for businesses, suppliers and the UK Countryside.”

NCCW is adopting an activities-led theme this year, encouraging campers to get involved and keep fit and healthy with a range of outdoor pursuits.

Now into its ninth year, this year’s sponsors include the International Caravan & Motorhome Show 2009, Gelert, Millets, Halfords, Yeomans Outdoors, Explorer, Calor and Jofli, the travelling teddy bear.

There will also be an abundance of great competitions and offers available on the NCCW website.

The week also coincides with The Club’s exciting ‘New to Camping’ launch at Warwick Castle (Thursday, May 28).

As part of the campaign, which will incorporate all forms of outdoor holidays; a comprehensive area within the Club’s official website to help get people started went live on Monday, May 18.

Visit the New to Camping content 

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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 109 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. National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW) was launched in 2001 by The Camping and Caravanning Club and will take place between May 23 and 29 this year. The aim of this week is to raise the profile of camping amongst the general public. Its timing is deliberate to coincide with the Spring Bank Holiday, traditionally one of the busiest camping weeks of the year.
  3. National awards include:
  • 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
  • Caravan Magazine Wow Factor Award 2008 – Milarrochy Bay Club Site
  • Loo of the Year 2008, Delamont Country Park Club Site – Winner Holiday Parks category in Northern Ireland
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2008 Gold Award – Charmouth, Glencoe and Trewan Hall Club Sites
  • The Maison de la France Tour Operator Awards for Best Camping/Mobile Home Operator 2008 - Carefree Travel Service