CARAVAN parks could still struggle during the summer season even if they open – as guests won’t be spending any money there.
Hotels, B&Bs and caravan parks are able to open from today, along with campsites and tourist attractions following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Many of the parks and campsites rely on guest spending, such as at the on-site restaurants, bars and arcades.
As these are likely to remain closed, it could leave caravan parks with little profit despite welcoming guests back.
NCC Director of Marketing, Jenny Summers told Sun Online Travel :”Not only did [caravan parks] lose their holiday bookings, but they lost their discretionary spend from visitors from bars, shops, restaurants, games areas.
“To some extent we don’t know if this will still be lower across the rest of the summer as facilities will remain closed.”
Campsites and parks have already announced the changes being introduced this summer.
Haven’s 36 caravan parks across the UK will introduce timed slots for check-in, one-way paths and ordering food via an app.
Center Parcs will reopen from July 13 but swimming pools and spas will remain closed.
However, she is positive that Brits will be returning to campsites this summer: “A lot of people who have booked while it was closed will have changed their holidays for later and the year, so we are seeing high demand for July or August, absolutely.”
She also said that many people are likely to try camping holidays for the first time, even if not for the main holiday, but a short break this year.
She added: “You can take your dogs, your kids, your grandparents – they are versatile holidays.”
“They are deemed one of the safest holiday types at the moment and the industry is really keen to open and welcome visitors.”
Butlin’s has been forced to delay the opening date for its parks, blaming the government for a “lack of clarity” on safety guidelines.
In a message on the website, it explains: “Following last week’s announcement from the Government on the continued closure of pools and live entertainment, we have been waiting for further clarification on when and how we can open these facilities for you.
“Sadly we haven’t had a further update, and with breaks fast-approaching, we have now extended the closure of our resorts to the 23rd July.”