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New Report: Pitching the Value

The UK Camping and Caravanning Alliance (UKCCA) have just published ‘Pitching the Value’, focussing on the economic impact of the sector. The report shows that holiday parks and campsites around the UK generate £9.3 billion in visitor expenditure and support 171,448 full-time employees.

Highlights from the report are listed below. There are separate reports for the UK, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can download a copy of the report summaryand a copy of the summary infographic. For more information visit the UKCCA web site

Headline statistics:

  • Type of accommodation: 76% of visitors had stayed in a touring caravan, motorhome or tent over the course of the year. 16% per cent stayed in a rented or owner-occupied caravan holiday home, while 5% stayed in a rented or owner-occupied lodge/chalet/cottage.

  • Average group size: The average adult group size was 2.4, and 25% of all groups included children. Where parties were travelling with children, the average number of children in each group was 1.8. Thirty-five per cent of groups brought a pet.

  • Spending power: Visitors and their party who stayed in rented or touring accommodation spent, on average, £557 per visit (£101 per day), spending, on average, 4.5 days on a holiday park on each holiday. Visitors staying in owned accommodation spent, on average, £480 per visit (£89 per day) and stayed, on average 5.4 days. This is higher than the average daily spend by visitors to the UK at £63 and 3.1 days per holiday.

  • Health benefits: Health and wellbeing was improved, with visitors reporting doing more exercise and feeling more relaxed when staying on a holiday park or campsite. This is supported by park operators who provide easy access to a variety of sporting activities or support a range of health and wellbeing activities for their visitors.

New Report: Pitching the Value