Although demand for motorhome insurance fell by 21% in Northern Ireland during the pandemic, the first five months of 2021 have turned the tide, with an 84% increase in demand for motorhome insurance by compared to the same five months in 2020.
All district councils posted an increase in demand from January to May 2021, with Antrim and Newtownabbey up 129%, Mid and East Antrim up 128% and Armagh City, Banbridge, Craigavon up 108%. %.
A study from leading car insurance comparison website, CompareNI.com, which helps drivers find competitive motorhome insurance, found that RV owners in Northern Ireland also choose to stay relatively close. from home with nearly three-quarters, 74%, selecting the smallest annual mileage possible – suggesting their preference is for local stays rather than venturing into continental Europe.
Data from an Freedom of Information request also showed that the pandemic had had a dramatic effect on the motorhome community, with the number of owners who took their vacation vehicles off the road in 2020 having increased by 73% on the previous year – from 62,430 in 2019 to 108,200 in 2020 across the UK.
CompareNI.com founder Greg Wilson comments: “Northern Ireland is famous for its breathtaking coastline, pretty villages and great local food and drink.
“It’s the perfect place to take a break, which perhaps explains why it’s the UK’s first region with the highest demand for motorhome insurance.
“People are eager to explore the wide range of beauty that Northern Ireland has to offer, from the Morne Mountains to the Fermanagh Lakes and the stunning beaches of the North Coast.
“With the uncertainty over restrictions and overseas vacation protocols, I’m not surprised by this increase in demand for motorhomes and caravans for the summer of 2021.
“The ease of traveling with a motorhome has only been highlighted by the pandemic and its effects on air travel.
“Motorhomes are also a big investment, costing £ 25,000 on average, so it’s fair to say that people are investing in their future and looking for long-term holiday solutions.”
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