Outdoor holidays generate £340m and uphold 6,700 jobs in Northern Ireland
Families that enjoy a stay on campsites, as well as in holiday parks in Northern Ireland, are presently generating £340 million in annual spending, based on new research. Moreover, the campers, and caravan and motor home visitors are sustaining 6,730 full-time jobs in the northern, rural areas.
These are the findings of a study of four major organizations that represent the Outdoor Holiday Sector. These are:
- National Caravan Council,
- British Holiday & Home Parks Association
- Camping and Caravanning Club, and finally,
- Caravan and Motor home Club,
These figures form a part of a UK ‘Pitching the Value’ studying the economic impact of holiday parks and campsites. It also analyzes the benefits accruing to the regional economies. The Research found that 110-holiday parks and campsites located in the north provide 20,820 pitches, and also have a 15 percent share in the regional tourism income.
The range of staying options are also wide and include touring pitches for tents, caravans and motor homes, caravan holiday homes and lodges available on rented, and accommodation units like tipis and yurts, that give a boost to camping. There are luxurious facilities better than those available in traditional camping.
The research also reveals that visitors to camps and holiday parks in Northern Ireland go for large spending and also stay for a longer period in comparison to other categories of holiday guests.
Furthermore, the average Northern Irish visitor spends £58 a day and stays 3.1 days, but the visitors to camps and holiday parks spend in the range of £67 -£136 a day and also stay between 3.9 to 7.2 days. This report demonstrates the significant benefits which this sector brings to the economy of the region.
Camps, as well as holiday parks, also play an important role to meet the increasing demand for staycations. These days they are also attracting foreign visitors to the country. Finally, this is sufficient evidence to make a convincing case for the sector to receive all possible support to have good growth.
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