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Four out of ten go camping or caravanning



Just under four out of ten UK adults have been camping or caravanning in the past three years, says a new report from Mintel.


A total of over 17 million camping and caravanning trips are estimated to have been taken by adults in 2016, over 15 million of which were in Britain, and include a spectrum of accommodation options from yurts, safari tents and shepherd’s huts to tiny two-berth mini and large luxury caravans, sophisticated motorhomes and holiday lodges.  The figure is expected to rise to 17.9 million in 2017 and to over 21 million in 2020.  Mintel estimates that the camping and caravanning market will be worth over £3.2 billion by 2020.

Of those camping in a tent in the last three years, ‘getting away from it all’ was one of the key attractions (for 42%) as well as ‘connecting with nature’ (41%).  However, just 14% said they would welcome the opportunity to be disconnected from technology with no WiFi or internet!

Market drivers for camping, caravanning and motorhomes trips in recent years include a reduction in petrol prices and a desire for families to reconnect with their environment.  A report published by The Wildlife Trust, for example, found that children have become increasingly separated from nature.  It estimated that fewer than 10% of children play in natural areas, with 78% of parents concerned that their kids don’t spend enough time interacting with nature and wildlife.

The government’s Climate Change Risk Assessment report 2012 (produced every five years) predicts that future climate change is likely to improve the appeal of the UK as a holiday destination for both domestic and overseas visitors, due partly to warmer summer weather and a longer summer season.

The National Caravan Council, which runs the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show every February, estimates that there are more than one million leisure vehicles in use in the UK at present, including approximately 550,000 touring caravans, 205,000 motorhomes and 330,000 static caravan holiday homes.

Added: 14 February 2017

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