Campsites reopen: Campervan holidays see massive surge in UK bookings

Campsites reopen: Campervan holidays see massive surge in UK bookings

Camping and caravans are already set to be more popular this year as Britons seek holidays closer to home. Currently, the UK government is stating that Britons are not allowed to sleep away from their own primary residences. Campsites are preparing to open in July with social distancing measures in place.

Campsites will also likely be working at a reduced capacity.

Under the government’s plans to slowly ease lockdown restrictions, accommodation businesses are aiming to open on July 4 which will include campsites, caravan and holiday parks.

Cool Camping, a bookings site, has seen a huge increase in bookings since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans to ease lockdown.

Indie Campers, a company that owns Europe’s largest fleet of campervans for customers to rent, has seen a similar surge in bookings.

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The share of domestic bookings have increased 294 percent year-on-year in the UK.

Holidaymakers are now choosing more independent forms of travel which are more sanitary and isolated.

Hugo Olivera, CEO at Indie Campers said that domestic bookings have rocketed this year.

He said: “Globally our domestic bookings account for more than 76 percent of our bookings so far in May, compared to only 24 percent in May 2019.”

Mr Olivera added that Germany and the UK usually amounts to over 90 percent of bookings abroad but that now Germans are seeking to holiday at home.

He added: “As an example, our British and German clients used to stand out as they had more than 90 percent of bookings overseas.

“However, for May, after Germany removed travel restrictions, over 84 percent of our large number of German bookings are domestic.

“We expect similar patterns in the UK once the country opens up later this summer.”

Although July 4 is currently the earliest possible reopening date for campsites and caravan parks, this will only apply if the government’s tests have been met.

The tests include strain on the NHS, death rates, infection rates, testing and PPE equipment.

Currently, caravan and camping holidays are deemed the “safest” way to holiday due to it being in an outdoor environment and easier to isolate from other people.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidelines state that travelling abroad is not permitted unless it is for “essential purposes”, meaning that more people are looking to travel in the UK.

This advice is set to remain in place “indefinitely”.

Published at Sat, 06 Jun 2020 05:45:00 +0000