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Holiday makers asked to take part in caravan parks survey

Caravan survey

Everyone who takes a holiday this year on a UK caravan or camping park is invited to take part in a major survey on the impact of UK holiday parks on the UK economy – and have the chance to win one of several super prizes.  An online questionnaire is open to caravanners, campers and glampers, and owners and renters of lodges and caravan holiday homes on all kinds of parks, from small campsites to large holiday parks, wherever they are in the UK.   

The survey will establish the impact of the holiday-park sector on the economy of the UK.  The value of tourism has grown substantially over the decades and holiday parks are an important part of the tourism industry.

Cornwall park among cream of English holiday providers

VisitEngland Awards

Family and staff at a Cornwall holiday park, Polmanter Touring Park, are celebrating after it was named this spring as one of England's top three destinations for caravan and camping guests.

Polmanter Touring Park in St Ives took the Bronze accolade in the holiday parks category of April's VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2018.

It completes a hat-trick of honours received by Polmanter which is this year marking its 50th anniversary of providing holidays at its stunning seaside location.

In winter, the park was the overall category winner in the Cornwall Tourism Awards, going on to strike gold again in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

Events planned nationwide to celebrate Wales Tourism Week

Wales Tourism Week

More than 20 events have been arranged to celebrate Wales Tourism Week 2018 which begins on Saturday (May 12).

The events include the launch of ‘Celtic Escapes’ at Celtic Holiday Parks on the May 15, Dan-yr-Ogof Charity Train launch and the official opening of the WILD Centre at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, both on May 17.

First Minister Carwyn Jones will attend the event at Dan-yr-Ogof while Culture, Tourism and Sport Minister Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas will attend each of the other events as well as a Wales Tourism Week evening reception at the Senedd, Cardiff on May 15.

The reception will be hosted by Suzy Davies, AM, chair of the National Assembly for Wales’ Tourism Cross Party Group and sponsored by the Caravan & Motorhome Club. 

New caravan holiday home buyer’s guide launched at show

Your Journey

A new five-step guide, called Your Journey, to purchasing and siting a caravan holiday home or luxury lodge in an ideal park location in Mid Wales or the Heart of England has been published by a leading caravan dealership.

Salop Leisure launched its brand new essential Buyer’s Guide, ‘Your Journey’ ,which is printed every two years, at the West Midlands Caravan, Motorhome and Destination Show in Shrewsbury this week.

The company, which has sales centres in Shrewsbury, Machynlleth and Stourport-on-Severn, has distributed more than 250,000 copies of the guide since it was first launched more than 30 years ago.

A First Within The Holiday Park Industry

Elite Dynamics

Elite Dynamics have had their EliteParks software awarded with the 'Certified for Microsoft Dynamics' badge. Making them the only holiday park software provider officially endorsed by Microsoft.

Using over 70 years of industry experience, Elite Dynamics aimed to use a Microsoft based 'Dynamics' package to really address the frustrations of many holiday park owners and managers.

In 2018, all of the hard work and dedication has paid off, as Elite Dynamics have now seen their biggest achievement to date! The award reflects a huge amount of work and continuous development of the product through feedback from fantastic partnerships with respected park operators such as Park Leisure, Shorefield Holidays, Holiday Resort Unity and Park Holidays UK.

Staff inspire marathon fundraising bid by parks boss

Park Holidays UK

When he's not helping to run one of Britain's largest holiday park groups, Park Holidays UK, Tony Clish will this year be running three of the world's most famous marathons for good causes.

The 56-year-old commercial director of Park Holidays UK completed the first of his charity challenges at the end of April when he crossed the finishing line in the London Marathon.

Now Tony faces two more punishing 26.2 mile trials when he takes on the Berlin Marathon in September, and New York City Marathon in November.

If successful, his bid will see thousands of pounds raised for both local and national caring organisations across Britain.

The NCC Says Sensor Inclusive Testing Is Vital

The NCC Says Sensor Inclusive Testing Is Vital

The NCC have mandated sensor inclusive testing of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms that are installed in caravans and motorhomes as part of the annual service.   Following extensive research and testing over 18 months where some CO alarms passed the test button test but failed the sensor inclusive test, the NCC decided that sensor inclusive testing is vital to ensure continued protection of families in leisure vehicles.

All-action Scottish park sports its £2.5m makeover

Million Makeover

The family owners of a holiday park in southern Scotland, recently subject to a £2.5 million makeover, have thrown down a series of sporting challenges to guests.
 
They include pitting their fishing skills against tiger trout, tackling a wildlife safari, and shattering clay pigeons launched from a 140-foot high tower.
 
Westlands Country Park in Dumfries and Galloway unveiled its line-up of attractions for lovers of country sports and the natural world this spring.
 
The 100-acre park is now also the setting for a new development of luxury lodges to own and rent, and fully serviced super-pitches with a five-star amenity building.
 

Awards in abundance for "adults only" Dorset park

Beyond park

An "adults only" holiday park, Back of Beyond park, in the New Forest which promises tranquil stays in a child-free environment is celebrating a clutch of national awards.

Back of Beyond park near Ringwood, owned by a husband-and-wife team, can now boast four accolades for the excellence of its grown-up surroundings.

They include a top conservation award from botanist David Bellamy, a gold pennant from the AA, and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for its consistently glowing reviews. Back of Beyond was also voted as being among the top 100 of Britain's 3000-plus holiday parks by the readers of top-selling Practical Caravan magazine.

Water hygiene expert offer advice on hot tubs

Hot tubs Darlly product

Hot tubs and water hygiene: by Dorian Davies from Darlly Europe

The publication of the HSE's "The control of legionella and other infectious agents in spa-pool systems", more commonly known as "HSG282", in January 2017 caused a stir in the holiday caravan, lodge, and cottage sector as it set out specific and detailed guidelines for hot tubs installed in holiday let situations. HSG282 also placed risk responsibility on the shoulders of holiday let owners and operators to ensure their installations are HSG282 compliant.