Celebrating 50 Years of Caravan Industry & Park Operator Magazine!

Caravan Industry & Park Operator - a vintage caravan

We're celebrating a golden anniversary this year, 50 years after the first Caravan Industry & Park Operator magazine was published!

Caravan Industry & Park Operator is the independent caravan trade magazine for products and services, including park utilities, insurance, transport, park and site news, consultancy, events, security, legal advice and safety. In print since 1968, it's the oldest and most trusted industry magazine and has stood the test of time.

Holiday park operator Hoburne acquires eighth park and launches new “Hideaway lodge” accommodation

Holiday park homes

In a move to strengthen its leisure proposition to holiday makers and holiday home owners, the Hoburne Group has acquired a new holiday park on the edge of Bodmin in Cornwall, which will boast a new range of bespoke luxurious Hideaway lodges.  The first phase of this ‘exciting’ acquisition will launch in February 2019.

As one of the leading family-run holiday park operators, established in 1912, Hoburne is an expert in providing UK holiday breaks and holiday home ownership already owning seven holiday parks across the most picturesque counties in Great Britain, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and the Cotswolds. Hoburne acquired the new 17-acre site in the village of St Mabyn for its eighth park. 

Protek - Transforming holiday parks across the UK

Protek logo

Protek is a vibrant independent UK manufacturer of quality water-based wood treatments and garden paints with great eco-credentials.  The Protek wood stain range offers quality wood treatment products from the traditional to contemporary and includes all budgets.

Made in their Somerset factory with a strong environmental ethos, the treatments developed are plant safe, pet safe and child safe.  All packaging used is 100% recyclable and the water-based paints are minimal in VOCs. All products have a reputation for being extremely easy to use and have a loyal consumer following.

CPES launch simple to use contactless card payment meters

CPES contactless card payment meters

New to the CPES product portfolio – a din rail mounted RFID card meter, the world’s first four module MID Approved RFID card payment meter. 

Traditional card payment meters had a slot that a paper card had to be inserted into for credit transfer. The paper cards caused problems if they got damp or dirt on the cards prior to insertion into the meter. Security is also an issue as there CPES launch simple to use contactless card payment metersare numerous sources for the cards if the code for the meter is known. 

With RFID, the card is simply held over the reader embedded into the meter, just as you would use any contactless card.

Caravan Estate Agents: A Revolutionary Addition To The Industry

Caravan Estate Agents

Unique to the Caravan and Lodge industry, Caravan Estate Agent is an easy and brand-new way to sell your Holiday Home.

Providing a bespoke estate agency service at a low cost, the company sells an extensive range of Caravans and Lodges, with each Holiday Home advertised on Social Media, its dedicated website, as well as on Zoopla, Prime Location, and affiliated digital platforms.

Park residents see their active lifestyles click on Facebook

Taking a photograph for Facebook

Residents at The Elms retirement park in Torksey, Lincolnshire are proving that age is no barrier to becoming a video star and gaining a public following on social media. That's because The Elms is now featuring some of its park home residents in a series of specially shot videos which focus on their out-and-about lifestyles. Posted on Facebook and the park's own website, the aim is to show how park homes can open the door to a retirement filled with new interests and friendships.

At the same time, The Elms is also hosting regular live streams on Facebook in which the business's family owners answer oft-asked questions about park home living.

New websites make booking a holiday even easier with Bridge Leisure

Bridge Leisure websites

UK Holiday park owner and operator Bridge Leisure Company, have today launched new websites for eight of its owned holiday parks, making it faster and easier for customers to find the information they need and to book their holidays online. 

They have also created a brand-new Bridge Leisure company website consolidating Bridge Leisure Parks and Bridge Leisure Management into one place, showcasing what services the business has to offer. 

The new websites were designed by Cornwall based IT specialists, Pitched, who are experts in website design for holiday parks across the UK. The project has taken 7 to months to complete and has seen a complete redesign of the both the look, feel and functionality of the park websites. 

Acquisition adds new link to group's chain of east coast parks

Dovercourt Caravan Park

Park Holidays UK has further reinforced its presence on Britain's east coast with the acquisition of another major Essex park business: Dovercourt Caravan Park.

Based in the seaside town of Dovercourt near Harwich, the long-established park is described by the group as one of its most exciting and strategically important gains to date.

It joins the other five parks operated by Park Holidays UK in Essex, and takes the company into the north of the county adjoining Suffolk where it has four additional parks.

Dovercourt has been providing family holidays for over 50 years, and mirrors the product model of the group by offering both holiday home sales and rentals, together with touring facilities.

Floral fanfare at awards for family's Cumbria parks

Holgates Holiday Parks staff with their awards

Holgates Holiday Parks has brought eight floral accolades back to Cumbria after a succession of triumphs in the North West in Bloom awards.

The group's six holiday parks each won a top gold award for their colourful displays, plus a seventh gold for The Royal gastro-pub in Silverdale which Holgates owns.

But the judges hadn't finished, for they then went on to name the company's flagship Silverdale park as the overall North West winner in the "Best Caravan Park" category.

The glittering awards ceremony took place this winter at Southport Convention Centre, and among Holgates delegates in attendance was park warden Kim Hodson-Walker.