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Devon tourism boost as outdoor accommodation bookings increase by 15%

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 10:25

Europe’s largest outdoor accommodation provider Pitchup.com has revealed that Devon’s caravanning and camping sites saw a 15% increase in bookings in 2019, in comparison to 2018. Devon is now Pitchup.com’s second best selling UK destination behind neighbouring Cornwall, with camping and caravanning bookings through the site bringing in more than £2.8 million to the local economy, equating to a whopping £5.9 million in overall visitor spend[1].

Lady’s Mile Holiday Park, near Dawlish, topped the UK’s bestseller list. With almost 3,700 bookings made in 2019 equating to a 27% increase on the previous year, it was not only Pitchup.com’s 2019 topseller in the UK but also globally. 

Commenting on the increase, Dan Yates, founder of Pitchup.com, said: “2019 was an unsettled year, with uncertainty surrounding Brexit leading to decreased consumer spending. However, Brits were still looking for a quality holiday - just one closer to home and at a good price - so it comes as little surprise that one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, Devon, saw a real boost of interest in its camping and caravanning sites.

Yates continues: “As for Lady’s Mile Holiday Park, it really does have everything. Offering traditional tent, motorhome and caravan pitches, as well as superb glamping safari tents, it also has a fantastic coastal location, superb facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, a gym, sauna, bar, restaurant and takeaway - not to mention evening entertainment in season. There’s even an adventure playground and soft play for the kids. It’s the ideal base for families looking to explore the area.”

Lady’s Mile Holiday Park’s owner Jason Jeffery commented, “We are thrilled to have been named Pitchup.com’s bestseller for Devon and beyond. We are extremely proud of our site and have received numerous awards over the past few years. However, Pitchup.comhas really helped us to raise our profile on a larger scale, and the number of bookings and revenue it has generated has been beyond all expectations. We very much hope to continue to grow and welcome even more new visitors through 2020 and beyond.”

Lady’s Mile Holiday Park offers family-friendly tent, motorhome or caravan pitches, as well as safari tent glamping, on the outskirts of Dawlish. Pitches start from just £11.05 per night. Visit www.pitchup.com for more information on this and thousands of other campsites across the globe.

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