UK set to be 2018’s go-to holiday destination for British travellers
According to a report recently published by ABTA, the UK is set to be British holidaymakers’ destination of choice in 2018.
66% of the British population are already planning time away closer to home.
2017 was a popular year for UK breaks, with British adults taking an average of 2.1 UK holidays: up on the previous year. Families with children aged five and over enjoyed 2.7 UK breaks and adults aged 35 to 44 ventured on 2.5 domestic vacations.
Research also indicates that British spending on holidays will also increase, as a significant 31% are putting aside more money for their travels in 2018. 47% are hoping to spend the same and just 14% plan to spend less.
Additionally, new figures from The Camping and Caravanning Club suggest the trend is already underway, reporting a 10% increase in bookings across its 106 club campsites for the 2018 season year-to-date versus 2017.
The Caravan and Motorhome Club also supports the forecast, announcing that 2017 was the best-ever year for tent camping, with a 13% increase compared to 2016 and its best-ever figures currently for winter camping. Leisure vehicle holidays were also up in 2017 with the club reporting an 11% growth in pitch nights over 2016 and a record November for touring caravan, motorhome and campervan stays.
Commenting on the rise of UK holidaying, Jenny Summers, Group Marketing Director of the National Caravan Council – the UK’s trade body for the tourer, motorhome and caravan holiday home industries – said:
“Sales of both motorhomes and caravans were up in 2017, with motorhome registrations rising by 14.9% and tourer factory dispatches to dealers increasing by 8.7%.
This clearly demonstrates the continuing popularity of using a leisure vehicle to explore the UK and beyond.”
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