Surely, 2019 and 2020 will only ever be remembered for the Covid-19 pandemic. The future for many people remains uncertain and it is can hard to find unbounding optimism in these difficult times. Whilst the caravan park and holiday park industry have experienced tough times with national and regional lockdowns, the future looks bright.
Restrictions on international travel and high customer disinclination to travel abroad has led to a boom in the staycation market with many of us rediscovering what is available on our local and national doorsteps. The increase in staycations has also led to an increase in the demand for motorhomes, caravans, lodges and chalets. All self-contained accommodation where social distancing can easily be maintained.
Holiday parks have reported they are inundated with enquiries from potential owners looking for vacant pitches, whilst caravan and lodge manufacturers are struggling to meet demand with lead times of up to 18 months for a new unit.
On the 3rd September 2020, the BBC reported that one caravan sales agent had “made back the lost four months, and the majority of that is from newcomers into the industry”. An industry bounce-back beyond expectations! Caravan parks in Wales are seeing an exponential growth as people flock to the coasts, mountains, forests and all-round natural beauty it offers. With fire break lockdowns, a second national lockdown and tier systems, the uncertainty around travel restrictions is set to continue in the short term.
Yet, for caravan manufactures and site owners the order books are filling up and the escalating demand for pitches creates some commercial certainty. Maybe the one thing we can confidently predict is that 2021 will be the Year of Caravan.