( ) is witnessing a massive surge in camping and caravan .
As per a report, one of thelargest operators has announced a huge increase of 137% in bookings in the 12 months to March 2022 as holidaymakers rush to secure pitches.
The early booking trends suggest that tourists are keen not to be left out as they might have done last year when Northhurtled to the top of the staycation rankings. Some sites are already nearly full, while others try to expand capacity. Some sites are even forced to reject guests.
Across the country, Anglesey has seen the largest percentage increase in the Pitchup, about 6.4% of all in are now opting for a stay on the island, an increase from 3.7% in the pre-pandemic 2019.camping and caravanning market, according to figures by company
A prominent player in thecamping and caravan market is Gwynedd which accounts for a fifth (20.6%) of all the arrivals in .
Another huge player of thecamping and caravanning trend is Conwy. Conwy now makes up 6.5% of the market, increasing from 5.5% three years ago.
Pitchup Founder Dan Yates said rising utility bills had replaced COVID-19 restrictions as the main reason people travel within the during the summer.
“Now that the cost of living is increasing, many families will opt for a more affordablemuch closer to home. Camping and caravanning have become a popular option not only because of travel restrictions but also being a cheaper option,” Yates said.
In the twelve months leading up to March 2022, Pitchup witnessed 113,130. This is an enormous increase over the 47,826 bookings made in the previous year. However, these figures were distorted due to the lockdowns in 2020.
Despite the relaxation of travel restrictions, which allows international travel to resume, the Camping and Caravanning Club statistics show that domestic holidays are in high demand.
Easter bookings for its 100are up by 33% on Easter 2019.
Yates said that camping and caravanning is also popular because of the health and wellness benefits and accessibility to nature. It’s also a much more sustainable choice of trip.
“The pandemic led to more staycation bookings, which saw people who had never been to a caravan orbefore now realize what they had been missing. This will, of course, bring a lot of returning customers to the staycation industry as a whole in 2022,” Yates added.
According to the Great BritainSurvey figures, these two kinds of comprise 34% of the country’s entire sector. In contrast, camping and caravanning are less important to the sectors in England (20%) and Scotland (21%).
Jim Jones, CEO of North, said that the data highlighted the importance of the as a draw for visitors. “We have some fantastic in the region, in wonderful locations,” he said.
“However, councils also need to be thinking more about parking forand campervans. This is an area seeing huge growth. Owners spend well in local areas, and we need to ensure they are looked after when they come here.”
This story originally appeared on North Wales Live.