The Scottish Caravan and Camping Forum (SCCF) has published a report on the value to the Scottish economy of holiday caravan and camping parks. The Report is the outcome of a comprehensive survey of park-owners and visitors carried out in 2014 by an independent research company. Such a survey has not been undertaken before and the research has provided robust and independently verified data which establishes the sector’s significance within the tourism industry and its importance to rural areas. The Report details spend by visitors and expenditure by park-owners in operating costs.
The SCCF comprises the main players in this sector and, together, represent the majority of parks in Scotland – from small camping sites through family-owned businesses to the major corporate players. Accommodation ranges from camping pitches and pods to caravan holiday homes and luxurious lodges, and appeals, therefore, to a wide market
The study’s objectives were to provide independent, evidence-based information on the direct and indirect impact of the holiday-park sector on the Scottish economy; to provide information on the economic impact of different kinds of accommodation (touring and self-catering); and to identify the number of FTE jobs supported. 7,034 visitors took part in an online survey. 89 park-owners were surveyed;
The figures: The research found that, in the twelve months to October 2014, Scotland’s holiday park sector generated an estimated:
– gross direct visitor expenditure impact of £491.1m; this figure is higher than the £396m recorded for the self-catering sector and the £86m for the guest house and b&&b sector.
– gross direct, indirect and induced visitor expenditure impact of £700.8m
– net visitor expenditure impact of £307.1m, which equates to a gross value added impact of £156.1m and to 5,688 full-time equivalent jobs.
Forty-five of the parks surveyed provided information on their capital and operating expenditure, and on wages; this totaled £25.4m.
The Report, which can be downloaded as a pdf from this page, contains detailed information and tables showing impact nationally and by VisitScotland region:
– on spend by visitors
– on employment
– on gross value added expenditure
– explanatory footnotes
The Report can be downloaded as a pdf. An 8-page Summary of the Report can be downloaded as a Word document.