Camping and Caravanning Behind Report Showing Holiday Parks Worth £700m A Year to Scotland

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Wednesday 10 December 2014

The Camping and Caravanning Club has played a major role in research that found holiday parks are worth more than £700 million a year to the Scottish economy, and support more than 5,600 full time-equivalent jobs.

The Club’s Sites Director Bob Hill led the Scottish Economic Impact Assessment Report on behalf of the Scottish Caravan and Camping Forum, over the 12 months to October 2014.

The report is the outcome of a survey of park owners and visitors carried out in 2014 by an independent research company, in which 7034 visitors and 89 park owners took part.

Bob Hill said: “It’s the first time a survey like this has been carried out in Scotland, and the Club is delighted to play its part in making this happen.”

“The results prove beyond doubt the major significance of the holiday parks sector to Scotland’s tourism industry.”

The report details expenditure by holiday park owners in running the sites, and by visitors to the sites. Among its findings were that the sector is of real importance to the rural economy.

It employs local people, and visitors to the holiday parks spend their money in the local area, on visiting tourist attractions, shopping, dining and entertainment.

The report underpins what has been a very strong year for The Camping and Caravanning Club in Scotland, where it operates 18 award-winning Club sites and three Camping in the Forest sites, which it runs in partnership with the Forestry Commission.

The Club’s sites in Scotland are in some of the most beautiful parts of the country, and 2014 has seen good weather and some major sporting events, ensuring significant increases in site occupancy.

The Camping in the Forest sites at Cobleland and Cashel, for example, saw a 334% increase in bookings around the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

To download the full report, go to http://scottishtourismalliance.co.uk/holiday-park-sector/

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Attached image shows (l to r, from back row): Colin Frazer, Director and Chairman, British Holiday & Home Parks Association, Scotland; Bob Hill, Sites Director, The Camping and Caravanning Club; Robert Louden MBE, Director General, The Camping and Caravanning Club; Judith Sleigh, Tourism Scotland; Jeanette Wilson, Policy Director, Scotland, British Holiday & Home Parks Association; Ros Pritchard OBE, Director General, British Holiday & Home Parks Association; Louise Wood, The National Caravan Council; Fiona Bewers, Corporate Communications Manager, The Caravan Club

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Notes for Editors

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 113-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has more than 100 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 16 Camping in the Forest touring sites.
  2. Camping in the Forest is a partnership between the Forestry Commission and The Camping and Caravanning Club. It operates entirely within the Forestry Commission Estate and provides camping holidays at 16 beautiful locations in England, Scotland and Wales.
  3. Visit www.campingintheforest.co.uk for further information.
  4. The Scottish Caravan and Camping Forum comprises:
  • The British Holiday and Home Parks Association
  • The Caravan Club
  • The Camping and Caravanning Club
  • The National Caravan Council
  • Thistle Holiday Parks
  • VisitScotland
  • Visit http://www.scottishcaravanholidayparks.co.uk