Scottish economy reaps benefits from Caravan Club members

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Caravan Club members spent £37 million off-site when in the Scottish region in 2016

Scottish economy reaps benefits from Caravan Club members

Caravan Club members spent £37 million off-site when in the Scottish region in 2016
Caravan Club members spent £37 million off-site when in the Scottish region in 2016

Friday, 03, Feb 2017 11:47

by Tom Leaning

The Scottish economy saw a significant increase in growth thanks to the off-site spending of members of The Caravan Club during 2016, according to recent report.

According to The Caravan Club's Nick Lomas, who was speaking at this year's Scottish Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Show (see our latest video attached), members spent £37 million off-site when in the Scottish region in 2016 - an increase of £2 million compared to £35 million in 2015.

Around 70 per cent of tourists staying on The Caravan Club's sites in Scotland are from outwith the country, demonstrating the extensive inbound tourism contribution that caravanning, motorhoming and camping makes to the Scottish economy. Overall, the sector is worth an estimated £700 million annually to the area, according to a report by The Scottish Caravan and Camping Forum.

High-profile films such as "The BFG" featuring the Isle of Skye, Netflix's blockbuster series "The Crown" being filmed in locations across Aberdeenshire, including Dundarg Castle, Fraserburgh and Slain's Castle, and the increasing appeal of the Edinburgh International Festival have all contributed to the consistent increase in spending and visits to the area by members of The Caravan Club.

To continue to support the booming outdoor leisure business in Scotland, The Caravan Club has opened two new multi-million pound site developments; at Strathclyde Country Park near Glasgow and Stonehaven Queen Elizabeth Park in Aberdeenshire. These investments are in addition to the £1 million spend across its network on site refurbishments and improvements throughout the UK every year.

Nick Lomas, Director General at The Caravan Club commented: "The Caravan Club has long been recognised as an important contributor to Scottish tourism, and we are pleased to see that our members continue to both visit and spend more in the region. From the breathtaking scenery of the Highlands down to a wide range of coastal walks, Scotland is a fantastic holiday location for anyone who wants to get closer to nature or experience some of the best culture in the world. By investing in our sites and continuing to enhance the experiences on offer to those travelling with The Caravan Club to Scotland, we're excited to see our investments aiding further tourism growth and support for the local economy."

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