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Caravan Industry contributes Six Billion Pounds to UK Economy
The economic down turn has had a massive effect on the way that many members of the British public choose to go on holiday. Due to the fact that many people can no longer afford expensive holidays abroad, more and more people are choosing to go on caravan or motorhome holidays, which are ultimately benefitting the UK economy. The National Caravan Council (NCC) revealed figures last week showing that the UK caravan industry is proving extremely resilient to the difficult economic conditions, and that the touring industry is even bringing in around six billion pounds to the UK economy each year.
The NNC went on to say that half a million people in the UK now own a touring caravan, whilst 260,000 have caravan holiday homes, and 164,000 own motorhomes. Many of these caravans are owned by caravan parks, and according to the NCC there are now two thousand sites across the UK. Furthermore, up to ninety six per cent of all tourers that are sold in the UK are also made in Britain, whilst around seventy per cent of all motorhomes are also made here, which helps the economy even further.
The NCC also predicts that the caravan and motorhome industries are set to remain strong as a fourteen per cent increase in advanced bookings for caravan park holidays for 2013 has already been reported. Furthermore, the price of touring across the UK is set to remain low, with the average cost of a tent/caravan pitch with the Camping and Caravanning club being around £25, whilst the average cost for a static caravan for a family of four only being £27.
The NCC said that the low cost of touring is not the only reason that the industry is seeing such impressive numbers, the sense of freedom and ability to share the experience has also helped. However, Caravan Times has warned people about sharing their caravans or motorhomes with friends or family members. They have said that if you are planning on sharing your caravan (which many people do) you need to make sure your caravan insurance policy covers numerous drivers, and that you let your insurer know before someone else uses your caravan.
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