April 25, 2010 19:00 ET

Safeguard Sees Surge in 'Glamping'

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 25, 2010) - Caravanning is making a comeback with the new trend of 'glamping' taking the UK by storm. Safeguard has noticed that younger generations are turning to caravans for their annual holiday, with many budget-conscious holidaymakers turning their backs on costly overseas destinations. Recent figures from Safeguard, one of the UK's leading providers of caravan insurance, show that caravan and motorhome owners are getting younger.

Despite the fact that the average age of caravan and motorhome owners in 2009 was 53, recent figures from Safeguard reveal a 62% increase in the number of quotes for 20-30 year olds taking out caravan and motorhome insurance in 2009 compared to 2008.

Rita Sadler, Safeguard manager, said: "We've seen a sharp increase in the number of caravan and motorhome insurance enquiries from 20-something caravan and motorhome owners. The younger generations are feeling the pinch from the economic downturn and as a result they're choosing to 'stay-cation'."

The return of the great British holiday has seen sales of caravans increase and now 500,000 caravans are in regular use by the 1.5 million caravan fans in the UK, according to the National Caravan Council. Some showrooms are reporting a rise in sales of 15 per cent – which has been fuelled by a generation of younger caravanners.

Rita added: "Holiday makers are looking for really good value this year. The younger generations are starting to move away from holidaying abroad in favour of caravanning in the UK. This way they can avoid costly package holidays, long queues at the airport and cancelled flights."

Safeguard offers annual caravan and motorhome insurance, which provides cover for trips in the UK and Europe (policy terms and conditions apply).

About Safeguard:

  • Safeguard is the specialist Caravan and Motorhome division of Swinton Group Limited
  • Safeguard has over 25 years specialist insurance experience and was recently voted 'Insurer of the Year' by one of the most popular motorhome magazines
  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the largest high street insurance retailer
  • Safeguard has an award winning website www.safeguarduk.co.uk 

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