The Caravan Club was promoting its overseas travel service at the 2013 Caravan and Motorhome Show held at the NEC in October and was delighted with the number of enquiries and bookings it received which realised a 27% increase on the previous year for the same period.
Ken Faulkner, Head of Travel Services for The Caravan Club, says “The Club’s Continental Caravanning brochure is now launched to coincide with the Show and the booking system also ‘goes live’ during the event. These booking figures are very encouraging for the industry. Not only is carvanning proving to be as popular as ever, but more and more caravanners are venturing further and further afield. The Caravan Club is delighted to be able to offer some unbeatable ferry offers and 209 destinations throughout Europe.”
Faulkner continues, “Some Club members have previously expressed concerns about taking their outfits abroad, so The Club has introduced First Time Abroad overseas packages, designed to help members on their first holiday overseas, ensuring that their first trip is easy and worry-free.”
Three of these packages are available in 2014 and include overseas driving tips and practical driving experiences, replicating real-life scenarios, followed by an escorted trip to the Continent. The Club also offers assistance with ferry bookings and Red Pennant overseas holiday insurance for its members, so altogether an all-round overseas package is available.
At the Show, Saturday proved to be the busiest day of the week with people flocking to The Caravan Club stand to meet Caravan Club members and ‘Allo ‘Allo stars Vicki Michelle, Arthur Bostrom and Kim Hartman, who are all keen caravanners and motorhomers themselves. They were more than happy to meet Club members and Show visitors to chat and sign autographs, relaying some of their touring experiences, including trips they’d made overseas.
Vicki Michelle, who played amorous waitress, Yvette, in the sitcom, is a motorhome enthusiast who travels regularly on the continent with her husband. She also appeared in The Caravan Club’s short film “Overseas Touring Made Easy”, produced to help alleviate members’ concerns and apprehensions about travelling abroad. Vicki has commented that “Taking a motorhome on a trip overseas for the first time seems fairly daunting but it is great fun and much easier than anyone could imagine. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.”