Holiday Extras, which sells items such as insurance and airport parking, said its survey of 2,000 people showed that 90 per cent considered camping and caravanning the least enjoyable type of break.
“Brits hate camping holidays most of all, even in cash-strapped recessionary times,” it said.
The results of the poll have been challenged by Dan Yates, the founder of camping website Pitchup.com.
“Indeed you only have to look at stats from GBTS (Great Britain Tourism Survey)
which shows in 2011 17 million Brits took a camping or caravanning trip in Great
Britain. This compares to just 6 million UK holidaymakers who visited France and
10 million who visited Spain.”
“We launched Pitchup.com back in 2009 and this is the most outrageous statistic we’ve seen to date,” he told the trade website Travelmole.
Anthony Clarke-Cowell, communications director at Holiday Extras, stood by the results, which he said were “robust and conclusive”.
“At Holiday Extras, we appreciate that each holidaymaker has their own personal preferences, and of course we embrace, encourage and cater for them,” he said. “However, let’s face it, the way we holiday has evolved beyond recognition over the past 50 years, and whilst Brits would have once flocked to pitch a tent, our results have shown that they’re now looking for creature comforts, whether enjoying a weekend break in the UK or an indulgent two weeks in the sun.”
Many Telegraph Travel readers are still attracted to holidays under canvas, however. Last year we called for tips on the best campsites around Britain and received a huge number of responses.
One Briton who definitely does detest camping however is Telegraph Travel’s Neil Tweedie.
As he reasoned in an amusing piece back in 2009: “Why would a sane human being in possession of a solid, brick-built house exchange hot water and central heating for the shelter afforded by a big nylon bag? And pay for it!”