Recession: What Recession?
We are all being bombarded with bad news about the so called recession and whilst it’s absolutely true that many retail places are shutting down, that companies are reducing staff and making losses or reduced profits and of course ultimately people are losing their livelihoods it would appear that all is not bad.
The National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor show that took place at the NEC in February attracted a recession beating 85,000 people through it’s doors. I must admit I didn’t go to this show but by all accounts it was very successful indeed. The large numbers of people going to the show were not just there to look around either, they actually spent serious money and the show has been deemed a huge success. Many of the Caravan / Motorhome dealers have reported very large sales indeed, which somewhat goes against the general gloomy recessionary trend out there in the high street.
Some of the major successes at the show that have been reported in various magazines are;
85,000 visitors very eager to spend their money
Final sales figures for the show were up 20% on last year
Marquis Motorhomes had a turnover of more than £2.5m during the show
Swift Group announced sales of £20m on Caravans and Motorhomes
Lunar had an increase in sales of 30% on last year
Bailey saw sales rise from £4.1m to £4.5m over last year
Tent sales across the manufacturers also increased
That must be a good thing for lot’s of reasons and it’s always good to see more people taking up the outdoor life but of course it does mean that there will be many more occasions when you will struggle to find a pitch. The membership of both the Caravan Club and the Camping and Caravan Club have also increased recently so demand may well outstrip supply for those sought after sites at specific times of the year. Mind you, having said that, it is always good to be a victim of your own success and I’m sure the extra revenue will be welcomed.
I find it funny that people who don’t have a Motorhome always ” envy you the freedom to just decide to go off because the weather has turned good or you just feel like getting away ” whereas the reality is that if you haven’t booked then you might have to stay at home.
Freedom always comes with a price unfortunately.