The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted millions of people’s holiday plans and rocked the travel industry. But there are a few winners from all the disruption – one of which is motorhomes and vacation vehicles.
With some Germans reluctant to fly or prevented by restrictions from reaching faraway destinations, more and more are driving themselves on holiday. The number of newly registered motorhomes shot up in the first six months of 2020 to nearly 40,000 from just over 35,000 over the same period in 2019. The rise continued a trend from past years as more and more younger people purchased motorhomes and caravans.
“These days going by caravan is one of the safest ways to take a vacation,” the CEO of the Caravaning Industry Association (CIVD), Daniel Onggowinarso, told business newspaper Handelsblatt.
Germany is Europe’s largest market with 1.3 million motorhomes and similar leisure vehicles. And the sector is certainly lucrative. The average price for a motorhome is EUR 73,829. Top-of-the-line models can go for as much as EUR 1.5 million.