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How the social media boom is changing the catering landscape

Visually-appealing catering is being shared on social media

We love food, we love drink and, nowadays, we love social media. There’s no doubt that technology is changing the way people go about their everyday lives. Recent research found that 83% of the UK’s adult population are active on social media. While people are using this platform to stay in contact with each other, customers are also posting snaps of their days in a way to ‘boast’ about their activities, whether this is regarding their latest adventure, or most recent choice of food. But what does this mean for the catering industry?

Here, with disposable tablecloths supplier, Inn Supplies, we discuss how social media is indeed changing eating and drinking habits.

Food choices

How the hospitality sector is dealing with waste management

caravan site waste management - disposal sign

Recently, the world has been united in its shock of how plastic is crippling the ocean. The reaction has reverberated through waste management in general and now, the public are more conscious than ever of where their uneaten food and plastic containers are going once they're used. 

Of course, the world's issue with food waste isn't a UK-exclusive problem. Over in Dubai, The National reported on the tradition of hotels and restaurants putting on over-the-top buffet displays and huge portions, much of which ends up wasted. 

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: