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Camping in France Comparison Site Launches
I Spy Camping in the News - Monday, 15 November 2010
This week a new price comparison website was unveiled that will help families find the best camping holiday deal.
I Spy Camping is the only price comparison website to focus solely on the growing camping in France market; and will be hugely popular amongst families looking for their ideal family holiday in 2011.
I Spy Camping’s price comparison engine includes up-to-date availability on a wide selection of camping holidays. The site features tour operators, including Eurocamp, Keycamp and Siblu holidays. And also includes established French brands like Yelloh! Village and Odalys Vacances, who are not as well known in the UK, but offer high quality 4 and 5 star camping holidays in France. More camping tour operators are expected to join in December.
Each tour operator offers a wide selection of quality accommodation, from the popular fully-equipped mobile homes / caravans, which can sleep up to 8 people, to superb lodges / cabins and fully-furnished tents. And with many French regional destinations to choose from like camping in Brittany, Languedoc, Cote D'Azur, Vendee, Loire Valley and many more, I Spy Camping is in the perfect place to help families choose their next family holidays in France.
Will Goodridge, Managing Partner of I Spy Camping said "Visitors to the site can expect to get a list of prices for camping holidays within 1 or 2 clicks and can consider features other than just price to compare against. Actual Location, Facilities offered, Children’s clubs and Type of Accommodation available are also important factors for families to consider. I Spy Camping is perfect for those families researching their next holiday destination, shopping around for the best deal or discovering camping holidays in France for the first time."
Goodridge adds "Camping holidays are not what they used to be, consumers' needs have changed; they still want the chance to create family moments, enjoy the healthy and rejuvenating aspects of the great outdoors and the flexibility to follow an adventure; but all with a touch of luxury. Today’s campsites and holiday parks across France offer just that, the outdoor life with luxury holiday accommodation."
I Spy Camping is focusing on the advanced booking offers being promoted by tour operators. With up to 40% discounts being offered, it is a good time for families to start planning their 2011 holidays.
Mums choose Camping Holidays in France
I Spy Camping in the News - Wednesday, 05 January 2011
A recent poll by the Camping France specialist price comparison site, I Spy Camping, found that Mums were much more likely to be the ones who will choose their family's 2011 camping holiday.
The poll asked the question 'Who within your family will choose your 2011 camping holiday?'
A total of 1,217 adults responded, with 73% answering 'Mum'. I Spy Camping's Will Goodridge revealed 'The full results of the poll tell the whole story, but this particular statistic clearly illustrates the point that it is 'Mum' who is likely to generate ideas and search for the family's next holiday.
He went on to add 'We followed up our poll by asking a number of respondents more about their holiday search process and what surprised me was that a large number of them mentioned that 'Mum' not only spent time researching their next holiday, but also booked the holiday and began to work out the different travel options. From previous research I have been involved with, once the family have decided on a destination and type of holiday, the 'Dad', in the vast majority of cases takes over at the booking stage and works out the best way to get to the destination. Our results show that this is still largely what happens, but the gap is closing.'
The poll results provide further insight into reasons why, as one Mum responded, 'I have often been the one to just instigate the holiday choice and let my husband book it and search for flights, but I have grown more in confidence in putting everything together myself online. We have been on a camping holiday in the south of France for the past few years and I now know what travel options we have and what works for us.'
This view is supported from insight provided by Google's ad planner tool, where 4 pure transport websites are amongst Females’ top 10 most visited travel websites in 2010.
The poll also found that France was the overwhelming camping destination choice with 72% of respondents citing our nearest neighbour as their favoured destination for 2011. With Italy (13%), Spain (12%) and others, including Croatia and Portugal (3%) completing the list.
Cheaper Holiday Prices as Fears of a Double-Dip Recession Hits
I Spy Camping in the News - Friday, 28 January 2011
Camping in France, a firm UK family favourite is getting cheaper with the arrival of European camping operators in the UK market.
I Spy Camping, the camping price comparison website, revealed significant holiday savings can be made if families look in the right places. The news comes at a time when people are thinking about sunnier climes following the coldest December since records began and waking up to the potential problem of a double-dip recession or stagflation, as many analysts are now predicting.
Will Goodridge from I Spy Camping, commented "We have found that a family can book with a French or Dutch camping operator like Yelloh! Village, Selectcamp or Sunelia and save around 30% off the price of their holiday. This means a saving of £300 per family from the average price of a 7-night break camping in France during the school summer holidays."
He added: "There are a number of other camping operators talking to us at the moment with a view to increasing their presence in the UK market through I Spy Camping; bringing further competition into the marketplace and helping families to save money."
Contemporary camping holidays have often been regarded as good value for money, balancing the outdoor lifestyle with cottage-style luxury holiday accommodation that can sleep up to 8 people. As the threat of the Double-Dip Recession looms, this will be good news for families who are perhaps thinking twice about holidaying abroad in 2011.
Uncover France’s Camping Top 10 Hidden Gems
I Spy Camping in the News - Sunday, 22 May 2011
From Brittany to Lorraine and the Cote d’Azur, Will Goodridge, founder of the popular camping in France price comparison site, I Spy Camping, and former Siblu Holidays Head of eCommerce uncovers France’s hidden campsite gems.
Goodridge believes campsites and holiday parks that do not appear in the brochures of operators like Eurocamp, Keycamp, Thomson Alfresco or Canvas are often overlooked by UK families. ‘The major operators work with some of the best campsites available, but there are so many more great sites, essentially hidden to most people in the UK. The idea behind the list is to inspire people to look beyond their brochures and explore different holiday destinations, whilst at the same time picking up a great holiday deal.'
Amongst Goodridge’s list are two 5-star campsites, Village Tropical Sen-Yan and Lou Pignada both located in the south west of France. The 5-star rating was introduced last year by the French Federation of Camping and Caravanning (FFCC) to give holidaymakers a clearer idea on which campsites offer a larger range of facilities. The rating also takes into account whether staff can speak foreign languages; if handicapped access to accommodation and facilities is available and also the campsite's commitment to energy reduction.
Camping sites from popular French operators, Sunelia, Travel Horizon and Vacances Directes are also included on Goodridge's list. ‘Sunelia’s L’Hippocampe in Volonne is sandwiched between the Alps to the north and the Cote d’Azur to the south and the landscapes will keep you in awe for your whole stay,’ explains Goodridge. ‘Whilst offerings from operators such as Vacances Directes, include the excellent Le Carbonnier in the Dordogne and from Travel Horizon, Domaine de Ker Arno close to Carnac, will give holidaymakers good quality accommodation and a great base to explore magical Brittany.’
No doubt it takes time to find the right holiday for the whole family; something that I Spy Camping wants to help you reduce.
French operators help families go Camping in France
I Spy Camping in the News - Tuesday 7 June 2011
I Spy Camping today released its May 'where's hot, where's not' camping in France holiday list and it shows French camping operators are getting more than their fair share of the attention. The list compiled each month by I Spy Camping, tracks the most popular campsites viewed by visitors to its website. The full list of the most viewed sites in France to go Camping can be seen on the I Spy Camping website.
Campsites from Sunelia, Vacances Directes and Travel Horizon take up 8 of the 10 places, with Le Vieux Port in Messanges and Sol a Gogo in the Vendee, being the most popular sites. Others include ‘hidden gem’ 5-star Lou Pignada and the 2-star Domaine de Kermario near Carnac in Brittany at the opposite end of the rating spectrum.
Will Goodridge, I Spy Camping founder, commented, ‘Regions such as Brittany and Aquitaine in the South West of France continue to be popular, this year as they did last year, mainly as they offer good value for money. The shorter travelling time to the north of France appeals to families, and for those looking for guaranteed sun, cheaper flights tend to be found to the South West of France than to the Cote d’Azur.’
Goodridge added ‘The list not only represents which campsites are currently popular but also gives our visitors a useful starting point if they need inspiration. From our statistics we can see that 1 in 2 visitors visit the ‘most viewed campsites’ page on the site, this together with the fact that 70% of our visitors come to us having used search terms such as ‘camping in france’ and ‘campsites in france’ shows that visitors are coming to us at an early stage of their holiday search and need inspiration.’
‘I Spy Camping is uniquely placed to inspire camping holiday ideas’ believes Goodridge. The site recently released the top 10 French camping hidden gems list to help people discover new campsites, and their Love Camping France campaign on Facebook continues to gather momentum; inviting the near thousand followers to post their holiday recommendations.
I Spy Camping’s May indicators also showed that Keycamp, Canvas and Vacansoleil continue to be popular choices, particularly for camping holidays in France, Northern Italy and Croatia.
A Staycation Holiday this Summer could be a False Economy
I Spy Camping in the News - Tuesday 12 July 2011
A recent poll suggested that 1 in 5 families have not booked their summer holidays yet, the main reason cited was waiting to see if they have enough job security to afford to go away. Whilst a different study conducted by The Express newspaper last week calculated that an average family will spend over £2k over the 6-week period to keep their children entertained. Can we therefore conclude that staying at home this summer to save money is a false economy?
Of course, some families will find a way to stay at home this summer and find activities for their children that are free or cost next to nothing to do, but many more will crack and pander to the cries of boredom and spend their way through the holidays.
With two weeks to go before schools break up, planning needs to start sooner rather than later. I Spy Camping, the camping holidays in France specialist, has put together a 6-week guide to surviving the school summer holidays without spending a small fortune. It also includes a two-week holiday in France for only £805 per family.
Will Goodridge, I Spy Camping founder, said ‘The team have put together the 6-week guide with tried and tested activities that kids up to the age of 13 are sure to enjoy. However, the real message is that getting away this summer does not need to be expensive, if you know where to look. Also a two-week camping holiday could entertain your children, and parents, for 4 weeks!'
For a number of years now campsites in France have developed into quality holiday destinations with large pool complexes, the facilities to play 25 or more different sports; with some even owning their own horse riding centres. Many more have children’s clubs that will keep your child talking about their experience and new friends for a long time after.
‘With the vast majority of facilities offered free of charge, after your accommodation, your only other real cost is food, and as it's self-catering, your usual supermarket bill will cover your spend during your stay.’ explains Goodridge.
Click here to view our 6-week school summer holidays guide.
Camping Holidays specialist shortlisted for Travel Pioneer of the Year award
I Spy Camping in the News - Wednesday 15 August 2011
I Spy Camping launched at the end of 2010 with a view to help families save time and money when searching for camping holidays. At the height of this year's holiday booking season, the site held prices and availability for over 150,000 camping holidays from 16 quality camping tour operators from the UK, France and Holland.
In recognition of I Spy Camping's excellent first year in operation, I Spy Camping has made the shortlist for Travolution's prestigious ‘Travel Pioneer of the Year’ award for 2011.
Will Goodridge, I Spy Camping founder, commented ‘I am absolutely delighted that we have been shortlisted for the award. It is a great honour to be regarded amongst the best in the Travel industry and it recognises the huge strides we have taken in a very short time. However, onwards and upwards, we will be launching a number of new developments to the site in 2012, which will continue to add value to our visitors and the camping sector.’
The winners will be announced on the 11th October 2011 at an awards ceremony held at the Camden Roundhouse in London.
Amongst I Spy Camping's key achievements this year include introducing a number of new camping operators to the UK market, including Sunelia, Travel Horizon and Vacances Directes; bringing better choice and cheaper prices to help more families escape this year. They also launched the Love Camping France campaign on Facebook which is continuously gathering momentum; inviting the near 1500 followers to share their camping holiday tips & recommendations.
I Spy Camping's mix of real-time prices and availability, maps, photos, destination-focused articles and guides, is uniquely placed to inspire more families to go camping.
France is ‘your’ camping destination of choice
I Spy Camping in the News - Wednesday 28 September 2011
Camping in France was the most popular camping holiday destination for UK families in 2011 according to I Spy Camping. Spain and Italy was second and third respectively, with the emerging destination, Croatia, in fourth.
As the 2011 camping season begins to draw to a close, traffic data from I Spy Camping’s near half-million visitors was used to determine the most popular camping destinations of the year.
I Spy Camping founder, Will Goodridge, commented ‘2011 was similar to 2010, in that people chose destinations closer to home. For example, we can see that North-West France was popular again, with Brittany, the Vendee and Charente Maritime taking up 3 of the top 4 places; Paris and surrounding area taking the other spot. Like previous years, holidaying closer to the UK means travel costs can be kept to a minimum.’ Goodridge went on to add ‘However, it would be wrong to assume that the North has had it all its own way this year, searches for South-West France, Languedoc and the Cote d’Azur came in 5th, 6th and 7th respectively’.
‘From an individual campsite point of view, Brittany’s flagship campsite, Chateau des Ormes in Dol-de-Bretagne was the most popular, with Castell Montgri near Barcelona and Le Vieux Port near Biarritz taking second and third positions.’
The full list of the most popular campsites in France, Spain and Italy can be found on the I Spy Camping website.