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Northern Ireland top spot for motorhomes as 2021 sees surge in staycations

By 20th July 2021 News
motorhome staycations in northern ireland

See where the top staycations are this summer in Northern Ireland.

Research shows Northern Ireland is the land of the motorhomes with the highest UK demand for motorhome insurance premiums – the highest ratio of policies per 1000 population than anywhere else in the UK.

Although demand for motorhome insurance was down by 21% in Northern Ireland across the pandemic, the first five months of 2021 have bucked the trend, with an 84% surge in demand for motorhome insurance compared to the same five months in 2020.

All district councils showed an increase in demand from January-May 2021, with Antrim and Newtownabbey up 129%, Mid and East Antrim increased by 128% and Armagh City, Banbridge, Craigavon up by 108%

Research from leading motor insurance comparison website, CompareNI.com, which helps drivers find competitive motorhome insurance, found Northern Ireland’s motorhome owners are also choosing to stay relatively close to home with almost three quarters, 74%, selecting the smallest annual mileage possible – suggesting their preference is more local staycations rather than venturing into mainland Europe.

Data sourced by a freedom of information request also showed the pandemic had quite an effect on the motorhome community, with the number of owners who took their holiday vehicles off the road in 2020 going up by 73% compared to the year before – rising from 62,430 in 2019 to 108,200 in 2020 across the UK.

CompareNI.com’s Founder Greg Wilson comments: “Northern Ireland is famous for its breathtaking coastline, pretty villages and quality local food and drink. It’s the perfect place to take a break – perhaps explaining why it’s the number one UK region with the largest demand for motorhome insurance.  People are keen to explore the wide range of beauty spots Northern Ireland has to offer, from the Mourne Mountains to the Fermanagh Lakes and stunning North Coast beaches.

“With uncertainty over foreign holiday restrictions and protocols, I’m not surprised by this surge in demand for motorhomes and caravans for summer 2021.  The ease of travel with a motorhome has only been highlighted by the pandemic and its effects on air travel.  Motorhomes are also a significant investment, costing £25,000 on average, so it’s fair to say people are investing in their future and looking for long-term holiday solutions.”

See the table below to compare how popular your area is with others:

  Jan – May 2020 VS 2021 Comparison Top 10 Position Change from 2020 % Difference from same period (May-Jun 2020 VS 2021)
  NI Motorhomes 2021   +84%
1 Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Still No. 1 +108%
2 Derry City and Strabane Move up from 6/7 +72%
3 Ards & North Down Move down from 2 +68%
4 Fermanagh and Omagh Move up from 8 +67%
5 Mid and East Antrim No movement +128%
6 Antrim and Newtownabbey Down from 4 +129%
7 Newry, Mourne and Down Down from 3 +60%
8 Causeway Coast and Glens Down from 6/7 +63%
9 Lisburn & Castlereagh Up from 10 +186%
10 Mid Ulster Down from 9 +27%
11 Belfast No movement +27%

(Article from Compare.NI)

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