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Fair wages help earn global award for Cornish holiday park

Patrick at Cornish holiday park

Mother Ivey's Bay Holiday Park in Padstow, Cornwall, has scooped a top international accolade at this autumn's World Responsible Tourism Awards.

And now the park's owner, Patrick Langmaid, says he will use the honour to shine the spotlight on the principles of ethical employment and the Living Wage.

Family-run Mother Ivey's was named by judges as the silver winner at the glittering award finals held this November at The World Travel Market in London's Excel Centre.

The awards, founded by the Responsible Travel organisation, feature global contenders ranging from the Sri Lanka Wildlife Society to the African Ivory Route and the city of Barcelona.

MP delivers vote of confidence in family's Dales park

MP Julian Smith at Riverside Park

Congratulations were in order this November when North Yorkshire MP Julian Smith took time out to visit Riverside Caravan Park in the village of High Bentham.

Mr Smith was invited to Riverside by the Marshall family to inspect the latest tourism developments taking shape, and which will help draw even more visitors to the region.

Thomas Marshall told the MP that this summer had been one of the busiest in Riverside's 49-year history, and that its staff had helped the business achieve a number of important awards.

Earlier this month, the park was named as one of the top holiday providers in North Yorkshire in the finals of the county tourist board's White Rose Awards 2018.

Data Reveals 1 in 5 Brits Now Want To Buy A UK Holiday Home After Sweltering Summer 

UK caravan park by the sea

A recent survey by Away Resorts, who sell holiday homes at five of their luxury holiday parks across the UK has revealed 1 in 5 Brits now want a UK holiday home following this summer’s record-breaking temperatures.

As well as an ownership boom, the data also revealed that 38% of respondents actually opted for a summer staycation over a holiday abroad, thanks to the warmer weather.

Kate Watts, Holiday Home Sales Marketing Manager for Away Resorts, said: “We have had a record-breaking year. Enquiries for our holiday homes have increased by 43% on last year and with more people than ever choosing the ownership lifestyle.

The Motorhome Hire Franchise Signs 500 Vehicle Deal with Adria

The Motorhome Hire Franchise Signs 500 Vehicle Deal with Adria

The Motorhome Hire Franchise has unveiled a monumental five year partnership with leading European motorhome manufacturer Adria, at this year’s Motorhome and Caravan Show.

Adria has committed to provide 500 luxury motorhomes to the value of £30M to the company over five years to service its planned franchise network. This will make the Motorhome Hire Franchise the UK’s only supplier of Adria’s superior vehicles for rental.

The franchise, launching to the public for the first time at the show, was set up by motorhome specialist David Gill who, having run Motorhome Hire Scotland since 2010, spotted a gap in the market for a concept that enabled others to develop their own successful business based on his proven model.

Harbur Design

Harbur Design External

Harbur Design is an Architectural Design & Services company working in all sectors but with vast experience in the leisure and residential industries. From concept to completion full architectural services, marketing material and consultancy, bringing your project to fruition. Officially launched at the start of 2018, Harbur Design was formed by Daniel Burns and Lloyd Harden. Having a combined experience of over 23 years in the design fields, the pair thought that by starting their own company, they could offer something to clients in this industry that most others Architectural practises can’t, experience in the caravan, park and leisure industry.

Investing in showers to deliver a five star experience

showers to deliver a five star experience

Great showers are the hallmark of the best camping and caravan sites and something that can help keep guests coming back time after time. Your guests want shower rooms that look fantastic, are easy to use and provide a great experience.  You need showers and taps that can stand up to the demands of constant use, provide outstanding energy and water efficiency, and support crucial health and safety regulations.

It makes choosing the right showers and taps an important part of the facilities you offer.

Rada is a commercial washroom specialist and understands the demands of busy campsites that often have multiple washrooms, all with several taps and showers.

Jean bids to beat her Christmas ‘Love in a box’ donations record

Jean with Christmas Love In A Box Gifts

A receptionist at a leading Shrewsbury company, who began supporting Operation Christmas Child 19 years ago, has already received more than 80 shoeboxes packed with Christmas gifts for children living in extreme poverty.

Jean Courtney, the friendly voice of caravan dealership Salop Leisure at Emstrey for 43 years, is hoping the enthusiastic early response to this year’s appeal will help challenge her record of 360 shoeboxes.

The shoeboxes ensure that disadvantaged children in countries around the world receive their “love in a box” in time for Christmas. 

Camping & Caravanning Club Director General Robert Louden MBE announces retirement

Retirement pot

Camping & Caravanning Club Director General Robert Louden MBE announces retirement. The date has been agreed with the Club’s Executive Committee and a recruitment process to find Robert’s successor will begin in November.

By the time he takes his retirement, Robert will have worked for the Club for nearly 25 years, including 12 as Director General. In 2013 he was awarded an MBE for services to the Outdoor Recreation Industry.

Robert said: “This is a good time to hand over the reins to a successor. I will be 67 years old in October 2019 and it feels right for someone to take over from me and lead our team of staff and volunteers.

Salop Leisure takes wraps off exciting Christmas attractions

Salop Leisure Christmas attractions

A Shropshire leisure business is pulling out all the stops to make this year’s action-packed and fun-filled festive season one to remember. ‘The Salop Christmas Adventure’ planned by award-winning caravan and motorhome dealership Salop Leisure at its Emstrey Shrewsbury headquarters kicks off on November 24 and 25 with the Shropshire Handmade and Creative Christmas Gift Fair.

More than 60 local traders will be offering handmade, home designed, artisan and products and food over the weekend with free admission and parking. Six thousand visitors attended the fair last year.

Dr Hilary Jones prescribes the Great Outdoors at the Motorhome and Caravan Show 

Motorhome and Caravan Show 

Camping, caravan and motorhome holidays can encourage people outdoors and towards a potentially healthier lifestyle, says TV’s Dr Hilary Jones, who appears at October’s Motorhome and Caravan Show 2018 at Birmingham’s NEC. 

An advocate of preventative measures in support of good health, Dr Hilary says there’s many aspects of camping and leisure vehicle activities that support both mental and physical well-being.