Glorious early summer weather during May and early June has produced a sales dividend for a successful Shropshire and Mid Wales caravan and motorhome dealership.
Salop Leisure has reported that sales across all divisions of the business, which has its headquarters in Shrewsbury and satellite sales centres in Machynlleth and Stourport-on-Severn, are 10 per cent up on the same period last year.
“The superb early summer weather has made a huge difference to tourism this year,” said Tony Bywater, chairman of Salop Leisure, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. “Caravan parks along the Welsh coast were full for the recent Bank Holiday weekends as Wales seems to have enjoyed the best of the sunshine.
“When the caravan parks are busy, other businesses such as pubs, restaurants, shops and garages, also benefit. Everything is set fair for a successful tourism season.”
Mr Bywater attributes the rise in caravan, motorhome and campervan sales to more people choosing to spend their holidays in the UK this year.
“Having done their travelling and seen lots of the world, many people are now opting for a quieter and more peaceful way of spending their leisure time,” he said. “They are finding that buying a caravan, motorhome or campervan is good value for money for them and their family.
“The hassle of travelling abroad and the threat of international terrorism are also having a huge influence on where people are spending their holidays this year.”
He said the company’s Love Coffee restaurant, workshops and accessory shop had all reported increased business in the last month and Love Plants, the specialist plants centre, had welcomed 30 per cent more visitors than during the same period last year.
“We are delighted that the increase in business is happening in our 50th year of trading and look forward to another successful year,” added Mr Bywater.
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