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23 October, 2010

Caravan industry takes “levers of control” to run their own exhibitions

Caravan industry takes "levers of control" to run their own exhibitions

In response to requests from the caravan industry, the NCC has set up a wholly owned subsidiary called NCC Events Ltd, to run industry exhibitions.  A new NCC Motorhome and Caravan Show 25th – 30th October 2011 at ExCel, London has been launched. The Managing Director, Gary Barbe, previously worked as Events Director on the National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show.

The major industry manufacturers have joined forces in support of the new Motorhome and Caravan Show and have underlined this by financially underwriting NCC Events Ltd.  The key underwriters are Bailey, Coachman, Elddis, Lunar, Swift and Trigano.  The Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club are also 100 per cent behind the NCC and are showing their support with unprecedented marketing initiatives for the show.

NCC Events Ltd works under the vision statement "through business partnership, bring together the industry to create inspiring exhibitions for the effective promotion of caravanning to the wider consumer market".

John Lally Director General of the NCC says: "This is the most exciting and positive change for the industry.  It's a win/win situation for all parties and an enormous opportunity to grow the consumer market.   

"This new show will be run by the industry, for the good of the industry.  Exhibitors will benefit from greatly reduced rates and there will be significantly lower show ticket prices for the consumer.  I'm delighted to be involved in this project and to have the support of key players in the industry behind me."

Peter Smith, Chairman of the Swift Group, said: "Swift are 100% committed to this new show and I am thrilled that the industry has taken control of its own destiny."

Chairman of Bailey, Patrick Howard, agrees: "It's fantastic that the industry has come together and can now offer a truly co-ordinated marketing effort to drive higher consumer traffic to the show. This in turn benefits all of the industry and the visiting public will pay lower entry prices."

For more details regarding the initiative, please contact John Lally on 0844 8094694 (office hours) or 07799 030521 (out of hours) or visit www.motorhomeandcaravanshow.co.uk.

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18 October, 2010

Camping & Caravanning Club awarded High Tourist Board Ratings

The Camping and Caravanning Club's 110 Club Sites have continued to impress in the recent Tourist Board star ratings awarded by VisitEngland, VisitScotland, and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

Bellingham and Conkers Camping and Caravanning Club Sites have both been upgraded to five stars, taking the total number of Club Sites achieving five star ratings to 21.

These Sites are; Barnard Castle, Bellingham, Blackmore, Boroughbridge, Cannock Chase, Charmouth, Conkers, Delamere Forest, Delamont Country Park, Dunbar, Eskdale, Folkestone, Hereford, Kingsbury Water Park, Oswestry, Sandringham, Scarborough, Tarland, Teversal, West Runton and Windermere.

Eighty-one percent of Club Sites achieved four or five star ratings in the prestigious assessment scheme, which aims to give an indication of accommodation standard, cleanliness, ambience, hospitality and service.

Sites Director, Bob Hill was elated with the ratings and said: "It's a fantastic result for the Club as a whole and it really reflects all of the hard work that we have put in to make our Club Sites safe and enjoyable holiday destinations.

"On behalf of the Club, I would like to say a big thank you to our Holiday Site Managers and their Assistants for their continued dedication which undoubtedly helped us achieve our outstanding star ratings.

"The Club's Site Network is currently going through a £29 million development, upgrade and improvement programme; so this is a really pleasing result and has given us a benchmark to continue to build upon.

He added: "There has never been a better time to experience camping and we hope our commended ratings will convince campers to place their trust in us as an organisation."

The success story didn't end there as The Club's Troutbeck, Eskdale and Teversal Franchise Sites received AA five star pennants.

Skye, Cheddar, Hereford, Corfe Castle and Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Sites achieved four star gradings.

AA rated accommodation is assessed under a set of common quality standards agreed by the AA and the UK tourist authorities (VisitEngland, VisitScotland, VisitWales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board).

For further information visit http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk

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8 October, 2010

The 50th Boat & Caravan Show to Celebrate one of UK’s Great British Success Stories

UK's largest show for outdoor leisure to benefit from 'stay-at-homers' looking for holiday inspiration

The Boat & Caravan Show, the UK's largest show for outdoor leisure, taking place from 22 – 27 February 2011 at NEC Birmingham, is set to attract record numbers as the British public's eagerness to discover the freedom and adventure of independent holidaying in the UK shows no sign of abating.

Having attracted over 100,000 visitors last year, the show, celebrating its 50th anniversary, will be showcasing the latest in new caravans, motorhomes, park homes, holiday homes and lodges, boats, tents, camping accessories and towcars. Visitors will be able to view and purchase the newest Spring 2011 model ranges from leading manufacturers across outdoor leisure.

Visitors will also find thousands of campsites, day-out destinations and tourist boards across the UK and Europe. Experts from the Caravan Club, Camping and Caravanning Club, and specialist media will also be on hand to offer expert help and advice to both newcomers and more experienced enthusiasts.
Renowned as a show that caters for all the family, visitors of all ages can enjoy a fun-packed day with free climbing, canoeing, and kayaking demonstrations. Those new to caravanning can try towing at the show and motorhome manoeuvring courses are also on offer from The Caravan Club.

Chef and TV presenter James Martin will be returning to the show for the second year running, cooking up some 'outdoor' treats at The Rangemaster Cookery Theatre on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 February. Caravan enthusiast and chef Monica Rivron will be launching her 'Caravan Cookbook' and will be cooking on Tuesday 22 Feb  - the opening day of the show - as part of Caravan Club Day festivities.

Andy Gibb, Boat and Caravan's Exhibition Director and Portfolio Director of Ocean Media Group Ltd said: "The Boat & Caravan Show, over its fifty year history, has gained a strong reputation for introducing families and individuals to the  'great outdoors' and the advantages of taking caravan, camping and boating holidays.

"The show's continued growth, with the support of the industry and leading associations, not only reflects a Great British business success story but the ever increasing demand for the outdoor way of life and holidaying in the UK."

For further information on the Boat & Caravan Show and to benefit from special advanced ticket prices visit www.boatandcaravan.co.uk.

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20 September, 2010

Butlin's Dividend Soars

Report from the Guardian.co.uk

The family owners behind the Butlins and Haven holiday parks are happy campers, after pocketing nearly £60m in dividends as cost-conscious Britons continued to holiday at home rather than abroad.

The "staycation" trend saw profits at Bourne Leisure, majority-owned by the Cook, Harris and Allen families, jump to £87.9m in 2009 from £54.8m, with sales up 6.3% to £791.6m – and the company forecast further growth this year.

Not only did more people decide to take their main holiday in the UK – despite the unpredictable weather – but the company also benefited from growth in short and weekend breaks. In its efforts to make the most of the trend, Bourne has continued to invest in its resorts, turning the cheap and cheerful Butlins image of Redcoats and regimented routines into something more modern.

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18 September, 2010

Win tickets to the International Caravan & Motorhome Show 2010

Caravan_show_2010_logo There really is no better place to grab inspiration for year round travel than at International Caravan & Motorhome 2010 with P&O Ferries at Birmingham's NEC, this October 12 - 17.

The show will be packed with the UK's best choice of caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes with lots of special show offers and discounts. It's also your first opportunity to see the latest 2011 models and products.

Ten Pairs of Tickets to be Won! 

Please follow the link above to our main article to enter our ticket competition.

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24 May, 2010

Get Connected with the Caravan Club

The Caravan Club has announced it is to double the amount of sites with a Wi-Fi connection.  Visitors will be able to buy a card at reception that will be valid for 6 months.

If you need that urgent piece of kit while you are away, just get online, surf to Busy Outdoors.com and we will deliver straight to the Caravan Club Site!

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20 May, 2010

Touring caravan owners warned of dangers of unchecked tyres

With an estimated 500,000 touring caravans in use  , the    NCC    (National Caravan Council) is advising owners to check the condition of tyres before every journey, to ensure both their safety and that of other road users.    Particular attention should be paid to the age of the tyres.

This advice is because caravan tyres do not tend to wear out due to high mileage like car tyres. However, the rubber degrades due to exposure to UV radiation from sunlight and other weather conditions.    Therefore even if the tyres do not appear to be worn, it is recommended that they are replaced seven years from the date they were manufactured.  

To identify the tyre's age, owners can check the Date of Manufacture Code which is printed on the tyre. The code is four digits, for example '1807' which would indicate the tyre was manufactured in the 18 th  Week of 2007. When replacing tyres also ensure that they are correctly rated for the maximum plated weight of the caravan.

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3 March, 2010

Caravan And Camping Industry Leads Way Out Of Business Gloom

NEC_2011 As one of the UK's largest consumer events – Boat and Caravan Show - came to a close at the NEC Birmingham on Sunday, all the signs were of an industry leading the way out of business gloom with record orders reported by exhibitors.

Attracting a visitor attendance of 83,364 (this figure excludes exhibitors and press and is subject to ABC audit) to the six-day event, leading manufacturers such as Swift, Bailey, Elddis, Lunar and Coachman reported record sales.

"The tens of thousands of people we welcomed to the show proved that despite so much talk of doom and gloom, there is an increasing demand for the outdoor way of life and outdoor holidays in both the UK and Europe."

For the full report please go to Busy Outdoors.com

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26 February, 2010

Caravans Are Winners As Two Million More Caravan-Based Holidays Are Taken

Predictions from the NCC (National Caravan Council) that an extra two million caravan holidays would be taken in Britain in 2009 are set to be proved correct.

The NCC, the trade association that represents the UK caravan industry, estimated in February 2009 that a big rise in the number of holidays taken in touring caravans, motorhomes and caravan holiday homes would be seen that year. 

Figures from VisitEngland show that the number of camping and caravan trips taken in the UK rose by nearly 20 per cent during the first nine months of 2009 (more than any other type of accommodation except self catering).  Their research also reports that 65 per cent of caravan parks attracted more bookings last year than in 2008.

Data from CRiS, the registration system for touring caravans, show that sales of pre-owned tourers rose by around a fifth in 2009.  The NCC believes that up to 1,000 new jobs have been created through the rise in park bookings, as additional staff were taken on in caravan holiday companies' offices and on sites. 

Speaking before the opening of the Boat and Caravan Show at the NEC (23-28 Feb, Director General of the NCC, John Lally, said: "More than 95 per cent of touring caravans and virtually all caravan holiday homes in the UK are made here.  Caravans have played an important part in fuelling renewed interest in holidaying in the UK. 

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21 February, 2010

Sales At The Scottish Caravan & Outdoor Leisure Show up by 100%

Almost 30,000 people visited The Scottish Caravan & Outdoor Leisure Show during the four day event at the SECC, Glasgow (4 – 7 February).  Over 150 companies showcased the latest caravans, motor caravans and holiday homes as well as outdoor leisure accessories, camping equipment and small boats. Many exhibitors reported record sales, including Kirkcaldy Caravans with sales up 100% on 2009 figures.

Kirkcaldy Caravan's Managing Director Malcolm Sempey commented "We have had a very successful show. This is our third year at the SECC and sales have increased steadily each year which is very promising for the business going forward". He added " This show give a clear indication that many people are ditching the euro based holidays and returning to lifestyle holidays at home. With new touring caravan demand increasing we are now seeing product availability pushing out on many models past the Easter holidays."

SECC_2010Steve Blakeley, Director of Sales and Marketing of The Penine Group said: "Following a great deal of deliberation, we decided to exhibit at the show.  The show exceeded all of our expectations in terms of sales figures, attendance and public reaction to our new range of acrylic Convertible Caravans.  Our best selling models on the stand were the Crusader and Countryman acrylic models and we look forward to meeting our customers at the show again next year."

Microlodge who offer camping shelters for glamping – glamorous camping -  made their show debut and were delighted with orders which will keep them busy for the foreseeable future.

Jamie Taylor, Show Organiser said "The show was a great success and busy throughout the four days.  Every exhibitor I have spoken to has expressed delight at the results.  We are already starting work on the 2011 show which will run from 3 – 6 February - information available at www.caravanshowscotland.com

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