The low value of Sterling against other currencies and the threat of international terrorism are making ‘staycationing’ much more popular in the UK this summer, says a leading caravan, motorhome and campervan dealership.
Tony Bywater, who this year celebrates 50 years in the caravan industry with Shrewsbury-based Salop Leisure, says he has been “amazed” at the impact the value of Sterling and terrorism is having on the UK public’s holiday decisions.
“We have had so many customers buying touring caravans, motorhomes, campervans, caravan holiday homes and lodges this summer when they normally fly abroad on holiday,” he said. “Others have said they were already committed to foreign holidays this year, but plan to holiday at home next summer.”
He maintains that buying a touring caravan, motorhome or campervan is a great investment for families and couples because they allow them to travel the length and breadth of the UK at their leisure and there are so many places waiting to be discovered on this island.
Those who choose to fly abroad are faced with more expensive air fares and holidays than last year due to inflation and extra security checks at the airport because of the terrorism threat. He’s hoping that the attractive exchange rates may encourage more foreign tourists to visit the UK this year.
Mr Bywater also believes that, having done their travelling and seen lots of the world, many middle aged people are now opting to buy a caravan, motorhome or campervan for a quieter and more peaceful way of spending their leisure time with their family.
“We are confident that the next 12 months is going to see massive growth in the caravan industry due to staycationing,” he added. “We have already seen an increase of between 10 and 15 per cent in all divisions of our business compared to last year and are delighted that this is happening in our 50th year of trading.”
Salop Leisure, which has its modern headquarters at Emstrey, Shrewsbury and satellite sales centres in Machynlleth and Stourport-on-Severn, employs a workforce of 140.
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