||Camping and caravan holidays popularity continues to boom, with numbers of campers in the UK rising by almost 15 percent in the last year according to a new report.
Along with the new popularity of "glamping" or luxury camping, the breakdown of a government proposal to dramatically raise VAT on caravan holiday homes, is thought to have been behind the surge. Had the government plan been pushed through, a 20% increase in tax on sales of caravans would have been initiated; which equates to nearly £6,000.
At the collapse of the ruling, the industry has since seen a surge with a 14 percent rise in advance bookings compared to last year -- this also means an approximate £6 billion to the domestic economy.
Head of Caravan Industry Training (CITO), Pritchard said, 'Caravanning and camping holidays have shaken off the somewhat homespun image of yesteryear and as a result, there are now many more holidaymakers who are discovering the delights they have on their own shores instead of opting to go abroad.
'The options for caravanning and camping have broadened significantly, giving a diverse range of luxury options and ‘glamping’ to accompany those that already exist in the marketplace.'
Research by budget hotel chain Travelhodge added that over 34 percent of families will spend their holidays in Britain rather than going abroad this year in an attempt to keep spending down during a time of continued economic hardship.
Preferred destinations stated were beach resorts such as Blackpool, Brighton, Devon and Cornwall.