The number of recreational vehicles in Italy has tripled over the past ten years and the sector is one of the fastest growing in the tourism industry, according to a newswire report from ANSA.
A study presented at the 12th Nature World international trade fair showed that the number of registered RVs in Italy climbed from 4,886 in 1995 to 14,100 in 2004, and in the first half of this year sales ran 5% higher than the same period in 2004.
According to the National Association of Automobile Industries (Anfia), which presented the study, RVs “represent an alternative to traditional tourism solutions which is growing in popularity.”
“This has allowed RV tourism to buck the negative trend evident in other tourism sectors,” Anfia added.
In its profile of who uses an RV, the study said they were usually families with children or groups of friends. Those who owned an RV used it an average of 15 times a year for a total of 51 days.
Just over half of Italy’s RV population is made up of salaried employees or executives, 18% are merchants and self-employed artisans, while the rest are blue collar workers, housewives, students and retirees, the study said.