Caravanning’s vital importance to UK tourism

Statistics confirm caravanning’s vital importance to UK tourism, says NCC


  • £1.64bn spent on domestic caravan holidays in GB in 2017
  • 9.8 million domestic caravan holidays in GB in 2017
  • World Tourism Day – 27 September 2018


As celebrations for World Tourism Day begin (27 September), recently released figures from the Great Britain Tourism Survey 2017 reveal that last year 9.8 million domestic caravan holidays were taken across England, Wales and Scotland.


The latest GB Tourism Survey, jointly sponsored by VisitEngland, VisitScotland and Visit Wales, shows that 7.48 million domestic caravanning holidays were taken in England in 2017, 762,000 trips in Scotland and 1.56 million trips made to Wales.


In all, £1.64 billion was spent on domestic caravan holiday trips in GB last year. The most valuable caravan sector to England is rented caravan holiday homes, with trips involving this accommodation type generating £645m across the region. Trips involving touring caravans, campervans and motorhomes – sometimes alleged to bring low levels of spend to their destination – accounted for over half a billion pounds (£526m) in England, Scotland and Wales.


John Lally, Director General of the NCC (National Caravan Council), said: “These figures confirm that caravanning, in all its forms, is vitally important to UK tourism. Caravan holidays clearly remain as popular as ever and our joint awareness campaign, Freedom to Go, continues to attract younger leisure vehicle users to the benefits of caravan and motorhome holidays.


“Many of the 550 companies represented by the NCC will have helped contribute to these impressive figures by offering consumers a fantastic choice of holiday destinations. The good weather experienced throughout 2018 coupled with strong product investment will ensure the caravan parks industry remains a British success story.”