Caravanning crucial to Shropshire tourism

Shropshire is a popular area with caravanners
Shropshire is a popular area with caravanners

Friday, 23, Nov 2012 09:51

by Jack Beresford

Caravanning could be crucial to the success of the tourism industry in Shropshire, according to one leading local industry insider.

Speaking in an interview with Shropshire Live, Tony Bywater, the chairman of the Salop Leisure caravan dealership in Shrewsbury, pointed to the significant role tourer holidays could play.

He made the assertion after new figures revealed that the region saw ten million visitors over the past year, with these tourists bringing some £600 million in additional income to the region.

These visitors spend significant sums on both food and drink as well as in local shops in the region.

And Mr Bywater believes that caravan parks play a part in attracting this high number of visitors to Shropshire.

"I am certain that the caravan industry plays a major role in attracting people to Shropshire, together with the high quality restaurants and food producers in our county," he told the news provider.

This shows that despite the recent downturn in sales of tourers their popularity with holidaymakers continues to grow.

He believes that tourism chiefs should therefore do more to attract would-be campers to the county.

Those keen to take up an interest in tourers could be advised to head to the Spring Caravan & Camping Show at the NEC in Birmingham, which is scheduled to take place in February.

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