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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.

Connect to the future in 2019 

Airband - future technology

Why caravan park owners need to invest in broadband to reap huge future business benefits. Beyond the ongoing debate about Brexit, statistics are telling a sunny story for the UK’s travel and tourism sector. 

Annual statistics released in July this year by both Visit Britain and the Office for National Statistics revealed that a record-breaking 39.2 million visits were made by overseas tourists to the UK in 2017, with the latest domestic ‘staycation’ figures showing that residents across Great Britain took a total of 120.7 million overnight visits to destinations in England, Scotland and Wales in 2017.

This boom in the travel and tourism sector is reflected in the rising demand for ‘experiential’ holidays, glamping, and other quirky holiday lets.

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.

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.

Family's joy as its Cornwall park records a triple triumph

Family's joy as its Cornwall park records a triple triumph

Trethem Mill Touring Park on Cornwall's Roseland Peninsula has been named by the AA as South West England's top destination for campers, caravanners and motorhome owners.

But the AA accolade was just one of three top honours received this winter by the Akeroyd family who have been welcoming guests to their park for over 25 years.

For Trethem Mill has also joined a small elite of UK parks which are now entitled to fly the AA's five-pennant platinum flag, the organisation's new and highest award.

On top of that, the business has been told by world-famous botanist David Bellamy that it has scooped his prestigious annual Conservation Award at its top gold level.

Lakes park set for wildlife boom as beeches get the boot

Henry Wild from Skelwith Fold Caravan Park

Red squirrels will be among the wildlife raising a cheer as a massive beech tree extraction project gets underway in a forest near Ambleside this winter. Scene of the full-on felling exercise are the 130-acres grounds of Skelwith Fold caravan park where too many beeches are blighting the lives of woodland creatures.

Working in co-operation with the Forestry Commission, the park's Henry Wild says that their reprieve will be taking place over the coming months.

The problem, says Henry, is that the dense canopy of the beech tree casts a dark shadow on the forest floor and produces a dense carpet of fallen leaves and seed husks.

The Caravan & Motorhome Show rolls into Manchester for 2019

The Caravan & Motorhome Show rolls into Manchester for 2019

WHAT:     THE CARAVAN & MOTORHOME SHOW, MANCHESTER

DATE:     17th – 20th January 2019

LOCATION:     EventCity, Phoenix Way, Barton Dock Rd, M17 8AS

TIMES: 

  • Thursday: 10am - 6pm
  • Friday: 10am - 6pm Saturday: 9.30am - 6pm
  • Sunday: 9.30am - 5pm

      

The North’s largest outdoor leisure show for caravan, motorhome and camping fans, will be pitching up at Manchester’s EventCity from 17th – 20th January 2019 offering a wide range of inspiring ideas for lovers of the great outdoors.  

Karen Wright To Cook At The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2019

Karen and her caravan at The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2019

Great British Bake Off’s Karen Wright will cook someone’s favourite campsite dish at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2019.

Members of the public are invited to submit their favourite campsite recipes for a chance to win two tickets to next year’s show and see Karen cook their dish live. 

Organisers of the Camping Caravan and Motorhome Show have confirmed the attendance of Great British Bake Off 2018 contestant Karen Wright at the show on Thursday 21 February and are offering one lucky person the chance to have their favourite campsite recipe cooked by her live at the show.