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Early availability drives camping and caravanning market says Pitchup.com

Oct 4 2013 Posted by Samantha Marsh

Online travel agent and camping, glamping and caravanning specialist, Pitchup.com, has reported a strong start to trading for 2014 bookings after launching its stock earlier than ever this year.

Pitchup.com has for the first time created significant stock availability for 2014 in early autumn and is seeing positive results.

Currently it has 281 sites on sale for the year ahead whereas Camping and Caravanning Club non-members can only book from 2 January for 2014 and Caravan Club members have access to summer 2014 availability only from 4 December.

Dan Yates, founder of Pitchup.com commented, "We are breaking the traditional rules surrounding year ahead stock availability with some outstanding results. The Brits definitely value having a trip to look forward to."

  • Pitchup.com reports that 281 UK camping and caravanning sites have already uploaded their 2014 availability
  • The website received over 45,000 searches for 2014 availability in September 2013
  • In 2013, holidaymakers are booking 23% further ahead than in 2012
  • Cornwall and the South West are the top region and county for bookings

Yates said there are undeniable benefits of booking early, "We tend to find that those who book early for 2014 will get the best deals, with some sites offering 2014 breaks at 2013 prices.

"There is also the added benefit of getting the pick of the best sites and pitches.  This could be anything from securing the best glamping tent or static caravan to simply reserving a favourite tent pitch.  The only thing we can’t promise is good weather but so many of our client sites are now catering well for wet weather days that it’s becoming less of an issue for travellers."

Camping and caravanning holidays for 2014 currently cost from as little as £6 per night.  This is based on a non electric tent pitch at Nook Farm Caravan Park near Doncaster.

For more information visit www.pitchup.com.

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Media information:

Cass Helstrip or Samantha Marsh at White Tiger PR

Cass.helstrip@whitetigerpr.com 07968 255464

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Notes to editors

Founded in 2009 by former lastminute.com man, Dan Yates, multi-award winning Pitchup.com is a free guide to all types of camping and caravanning in the UK, Ireland and France.  The site provides users with a simple platform in which they can search and book a camping or caravanning holiday with total ease.  The customer experience from landing on the home page through to booking a holiday can be completed in as little as four pages.  The site also goes beyond traditional searches by allowing users to search for a site based on more than 80 criteria, such as adults only and campfires allowed, and view nearby events, Good Pub Guide pubs and VisitBritain attractions.  Users can also search on the offers page to find the best deals available.  Pitchup.com features over 5,000 camping and caravanning sites/parks throughout UK & Ireland with France recently added into the equation.  It enables users to search for all types of parks and sites from the major brands right through to one off campsites which may not have previously had a web presence.