Sadly, while the reporter has taken this very seriously, it's a classic bit of erroneous reporting about an area which requires some background knowledge - there's an immense difference between the static holiday/park home market, and the touring market.
The static market is not one I really know much about, except that it is really surprisingly big - I understand that they build around 20,000 caravans a year. It has suffered and is suffering badly - Atlas, who they mention in the report, and other static home builders have been having a horrible time - the depression effects on top of their worst time of the year, too.
The touring caravan market, too, is suffering, but people are continuing to realise that caravanning, motorhoming and tenting offer a very cost-effective way of taking holidays, which is why the industry is still pressing on - although individual companies are still having difficulties.
But the Clubs and commercial site operators are saying that 2009 bookings are considerably up, and it is possible that the overall long-term effects on the touring side of the industry will be good - although not automatically for tourers themselves, who might face higer costs as site owners find they can charge more and still be full.
The biggest potential problem for the UK overall is that once things start to climb out of this financial hole, there will be fewer UK manufacturers and retailers, and perhaps fewer Europe-wide, which could result in increased prices and costs generally - not good news for anyone.
could be helped if the holiday park site owners where not so greedy when it comes to cost of pitchs for Statics ,as I said on a different thread it will cost any where from £2000 to £3500 per year for a Static pitch with most sites restricted to 10 month season .I know several people despartly trying to sell there statics at Hunstanton and Wells next to Sea due to economic climate. Maybe it's time site owners started to get reallistic if they want to survive and prosper . might help the static industry as well.