holiday parks

Extending The Holiday Season: Are You On Board?

Hot tub in holiday park

Twelve-month holiday parks are becoming more and more popular, offering permanent residencies to home owners and the opportunity for holidaymakers to make the most of their caravans or holiday homes. However, it’s the local economy – including your park – which could really benefit from the winter trade. Here, we find out how year-round opening is changing the industry for the better...

Winter maintenance

A huge part of closing down for the winter is, let’s face it, the good old British weather. Storms, ice and snow are to be expected – but this needn’t mean a complete shutdown. Holiday homes require winter maintenance whether someone is living in them or not.

Atlas Leisure Homes sold in management buyout

Atlas Leisure Homes – the new team

Atlas Leisure Homes has been sold in a management buyout for an undisclosed consideration. 

Andrew Innes, Managing Director, along with Bruce Harry and Barry Pattison, have disposed of 100% of the company’s shareholding to the MBO team.

The business will continue trading as Atlas Leisure Homes under the new management team consisting of Steven McGawn, Colin Jeffery and Philip Spark. Andrew will remain engaged with the business for a period of 12 months as a consultant to the new MBO team. 

The Changing Face Of UK Holiday Parks

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A MARKETING PERSPECTIVE by Kally Carder

I’ve worked in the industry for a number of years, as a PR and social media consultant for Nobull Comms, working with a number of holiday park operators. The last five years has seen a raft of changes, with mergers and a major increase in turnover of companies working within the sector. Here I’ll look at how this will affect marketing campaigns now and in the future.....

In 2016, the total turnover of the UK’s 100 biggest caravan and holiday park companies was up 9 per cent from £2.46bn five years previously, according to research by Ortus Secured Finance. With the recent merger of Park Resorts and Parkdean the landscape has changed further still.

Crieff Hydro's ultimate working couple to share their secrets to success at ScotHot

Crieff Hydro's Stephen & Fiona

Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels Chief Executive Officer Stephen Leckie and his wife Fiona, who is in charge of interior design at the flagship hotel Crieff Hydro, are heading to this year's ScotHot to share their tips and experiences on being a couple working together in the hospitality industry.

The Leckies will participate in a gameshow-style panel at the trade event on March 13 at the SEC in Glasgow, which showcases the food, drink, hospitality and tourism industry in Scotland. 

Stephen and Fiona met at Crieff Hydro in 1981 when Stephen, fifth-generation owner of the resort, taught Fiona how to water-ski. They married in 1990 and had their reception at Crieff Hydro.

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. 

Holiday parks advised to take action to avoid risk of huge compensation claims

SJP Law Director Alistair Latham warning holiday parks in the UK could be facing compensation claims

An Appeal Court ruling on out of hours pay has triggered concerns that the holiday park industry could face substantial claims from employees. Traditionally holiday park wardens have provided a 24 hour on-call service as part of their daily role but may have only been paid for part of that time.

Employment Tribunals have in the past ruled that employees should be paid at least the minimum wage for the time they are on-call even if they are sleeping.

That decision has been recently reversed by the Appeal Court for cases involving the care sector but it may not apply to the holiday park industry who could be open to significant compensation claims.

Survey of holiday park sector – your last chance to take part!

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Many Caravan Industry readers will be aware of the major research being carried out this year into the impact of the holiday-park sector on the UK economy, funded by the Economic Impact Research Group (the BH&HPA, the Camping and Caravanning Council, the Caravan and Motorhome Council and the NCC).  Both individual parks and groups in all four countries have been contacted by the EIRG to encourage them to take part – as with all research, the more information gathered, the more robust will be the output!  

Such a UK-wide survey has not been done before and the report will be of significant importance not just to the sector as a whole, but potentially also to individual parks when applying for planning permission.  

Bridge Leisure Announces £1 Million Investment Programme For UK Parks

Bridge Leisure

Following a year of record holiday bookings, the Bridge Leisure Park group has revealed a £1 million programme of developments at its eight holiday parks across the UK. 

In Cornwall, Bridge is investing almost £200,000 at its newest holiday park Hengar Manor, with the bulk of the spend going towards new holiday caravan accommodation. 

At Trevella Park near Newquay, the group is devoting more than £150,000 to new caravans and two-floor safari lodge tents, which are the latest addition to the park’s popular glamping village. 

Controlling Legionella in Caravan and Holiday Parks

Controlling Legionella in Caravan and Holiday Parks

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. It is caused by the legionella bacteria which can develop in any system where water is stored at temperatures favourable to its growth; water tanks, calorifiers, hot and cold-water systems, pools and spas.

On caravan and holiday parks, the statutory duty holder for the premises is responsible for making sure the site is risk assessed, and ensuring that regular checks are carried out to prevent the conditions occurring that might allow the bacteria to grow. Failing to comply can result in serious health implications and even death in some cases. Businesses also risk severe fines or, in the worst cases, prosecution for involuntary manslaughter.