Caravan and camping back in vogue

CARAVAN and camping in Ireland has experienced a dramatic increase in popularity among Irish holidaymakers.

CARAVAN and camping in Ireland has experienced a dramatic increase in popularity among Irish holidaymakers.

In the last two years, there has been a 10 per cent increase in the number of Irish people going camping, according to the Irish Caravan and Camping Council (ICC). The Council is predicting similar growth for the coming season.

The figures were released at the launch of the Council’s new website, www.campingireland.ie and its 2011 Camping Guide.

“People are much more conscious now of how they spend money when it comes to holidays, while also wanting to support Irish goods and services. We’ve seen a surge in the numbers of Irish families and in particular, young couples, staying in our members’ campsites around the country. Irish visitors now account for nearly half of all campers to our sites,” said Niamh D’Arcy, ICC Chairperson.

She continued, “Apart from the friendliness and opportunity to see the Irish countryside at its best, our members offer fantastic facilities and great value for money. From as little as €20 per night, people have the choice of 90 sites nationwide. And, many of our members are offering special deals of an extra night free if visitors stay for three nights or more.”

The new website, campingireland.ie also carries details of all ICC campsites around Ireland, up to date information on special offers and information on the sale and hire of caravan and camping equipment. It is the only place to go for all your caravanning and camping needs.