Club Set To Benefit from Recent Travel Chaos

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The Camping and Caravanning Club’s Director General Robert Louden believes that the widespread disruption caused by last month’s volcanic eruption will have a positive impact on business this summer.

The Camping and Caravanning Club

We have seen an increase in Club Site enquiries of late as both members and non-members revert to what they know and look forward to a stress free domestic holiday.

The Camping and Caravanning Club’s Director General Robert Louden believes that the widespread disruption caused by last month’s volcanic eruption will have a positive impact on business this summer.

Despite the indifferent British weather since the turn of the year, advanced bookings on Club Sites for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of the month are already up seven per cent on the same period last year, whilst website bookings (http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk) are 23 per cent ahead of last year.

These figures are supported by a recent study by online company Travelzoo, which found that 12 per cent of respondents are now more interested in a UK holiday.

Louden said: “People look for certainty in uncertain times and last month’s volcanic ash crisis, coupled with the threat of further flight delays, has caused holidaymakers to reconsider their plans for this summer.

“We have seen an increase in Club Site enquiries of late as both members and non-members revert to what they know and look forward to a stress free domestic holiday.”

Meanwhile, The Club’s European and Worldwide Carefree Travel Service is also nine per cent ahead of where it was this time last year as more people opt for a caravan or motorhome touring holiday abroad, travelling via ferry or Eurotunnel.

For further media information or images, please contact:
Jon Dale, 024 7647 5204 jon.dale(at)thefriendlyclub.co(dot)uk
Kim Blythe, 024 7647 5224 kim.blythe(at)thefriendlyclub.co(dot)uk

Editorial Notes:
1.    The Camping and Caravanning Club is 109-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 20 Camping and Caravanning Touring Sites and six Cabin Sites.
2.    http://www.newtocamping.co.uk was launched on Monday, May 18, 2009 and incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.
3.    National awards include:

  •     AA Campsite of the Year Heart of England 2010 – Teversal Club Site
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly Facilities Overall Trophy Winner
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Category National Award Winner (England)
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly National Award Winner (England)
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Attendant Team National Award Winner (Glencoe Club Site – Scotland)
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - ‘Champions League’ – Standards of Excellence
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Teversal Club Site (England)
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Dunbar Club Site (Scotland
  •     CCC Best Certificated Site 2009 – Hill Farm CS, Derbyshire
  •     David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Verwood Club Site (Gold)
  •     David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Inverewe Gardens Club Site (Gold)
  •     David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Horsley Club Site (Silver)
  •     David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Delamont Country Park (Silver)
  •     Which Motorcaravan Site of the Year Runner-Up – Little Trethvas Farm CS
  •     Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (Scotland) – Lauder Club Site
  •     Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (north-east) – Bellingham Club Site
  •     MMM 2009 Camping & Caravanning Site of the Year – Thetford Forest Club Site

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