Blog

Heatwave boost sales of touring caravans and motorhomes

Salop Leisure

The prolonged summer heatwave has been great news for the caravan industry Salop Leisure, in Shropshire and Mid Wales, has sales of touring caravans and the motorhome to first time buyers up 40 per cent on the same period last year.

Salop Leisure, who have just been named large touring caravan dealer of the year by Swift Group, is delighted by the sales boom but believe the real benefit of the hot weather will not be seen until next year.

“Based on previous experience, we believe the heatwave will have the most positive effect next year when couples and families are booking their holidays,” said managing director Mark Bebb.

On-site convenience for puncture repairs

TyresOntheDrive

More caravan and motorhome owners are using the on-site convenience of ‘we-come-to-you’ tyre fitting service which helps them get a puncture fixed easily and quickly within a two-hour slot of their choosing.

Mobile tyre fitting means families can be back on the road within a couple of hours and carry on with their holiday plans. It is the fastest growing sector of the replacement tyre industry as more drivers choose to have their puncture fixed where they are instead of having to remove the wheel and take it to a high street centre.

Judges declare family's park a beacon in the Beacons

Erwlon Caravan holiday park

There were congratulations all round this summer for the family owners of Erwlon Caravan holiday park when it was named as the outright winner of a top tourism prize.

Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park in Llandovery scooped the gold accolade for caravan, camping and glamping parks in the Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards.

Based in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, the five-star park was one of hundreds of businesses competing in the prestigious awards, held every two years.

Stepping up to receive their honour at the finalists' ceremony were members of the Rees family whose farm-based park has been welcoming holiday guests for over 50 years.

Cumbria holiday park where the guests are also dinner

Silverdale employee sat next to a mini-beast mansion

It's perfectly fine to eat the guests at a group of south Cumbria holiday parks, Silverdale Holiday Park, this summer – as long as those tucking in have wings, and the guests have six or eight legs.

The Holgates group has opened up a network of mini-beast mansions across its six top-rated parks, all designed to welcome beneficial insects for a comfortable stay.

But whilst guests such as moths, beetles, spiders and centipedes won't be presented with a bill, there could be a higher price for them to pay.

That's because the parks are keen to ensure that their large bird populations have plenty of food to eat – especially those with diets which include creepy-crawlies.

Caravan industry and park legal expert from Blacks Solicitors LLP

David Ward discusses how to recognise good service, motivate and reward staff at a park.

David Ward, a caravan industry legal expert at Blacks Solicitors LLP, discusses how to recognise good service, motivate and reward staff at a park.

“Being well organised, legally compliant and incentivising staff at your park will lead to a productive and loyal work force. There are a number of ways a park operator can ensure employees are happy and enjoying their work.”

Organised chaos

Verdant leisure reports a 18% YOY increase in sales

caravan driving off to fide the perfect place for a Staycation

Holiday park operator sees holiday sales increase 18% over same period last year Verdant Leisure’s Heather View Leisure park is 100% ahead of 2017 UK staycation trend celebrates 10th anniversary Verdant Leisure, a bespoke holiday park operator with eight holiday parks in Scotland and the north of England, has reported a first quarter of successful sales, with an 18% increase YoY. The company’s recent success comes as the UK staycation trend celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Safari so good as the glamping industry attracts more affluent visitors

Glamping

Mark Scott, from Clear Sky Safari Tents, explains how glamping has taken on a whole new level recently. Not content with just canvas and a campfire any more, visitors are looking for an outdoor home where they can enjoy a luxury break with home comforts thrown in, not to mention some amazing designs…

2018 has been our busiest year yet with some major contracts from larger operators and many smaller glamping sites now on our map. Glamping is still in the growth phase but is starting to show signs of entering the mature phase with many sites installing a wide range of glamping accommodation options, from refurbished 1950’s caravans through to full-size jet aircraft! 

Alastair Rings the Victory Bell for Scotland

Victory Leisure

Leading holiday home and lodge manufacturer Victory Leisure Homes has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of Alastair Bell.

Alastair, who brings more than 20 years’ experience in the caravan industry and 12 years’ experience in the banking sector to the business, will cover Scotland for the high-end East Yorkshire maker.

The move completes Victory’s national sales team which now covers all regions of England, Wales and Scotland.

Peter Nevitt, managing director of Victory Leisure Homes, welcomed Alastair to the team.

He said:

Yescapa connects local campervan and motorhome owners across Europe

Yescapa founders Adrien Pinson and Benoît Panel

Yescapa is "the AirBnB for caravanners" and allows owners to let out vans all year round. The benefits are clear for owners and park operators: more visitors means trade is boosted all year round! Here, Caravan Industry & Park Operator talk to Yescapa founders Adrien Pinson and Benoît Panel (pictured) about their booking platform…

What is Yescapa and when did it begin trading?

Yescapa is a platform that connects local campervan and motorhome owners across Europe with people who want to hire their vehicles. The company has been running for 6 years and is continuing to expand into new markets in Europe.

How many caravans do you have to offer, and where are they sited?

Now Fido gets a top table at Somerset park's doggy diner

Brean Leisure Park

A Somerset holiday park, Brean Leisure Park, could soon become one of the UK's most popular doggy destinations after it opened a new cafe which is welcoming both humans and hounds.

Holiday Resort Unity near Burnham-on-Sea is putting pooches on a pedestal by offering them their own food and drinks menu when they visit with their owners.

The new cafe, called Coast, is located on Brean Leisure Park which is adjacent to Holiday Resort Unity, and provides a raft of fairground rides and other attractions.

Bonzo's special menu includes starters, main courses and desserts – plus, of course, a selection of drinks such as Pawsecco and Bottom Sniffer Beer, both made for dogs.