Park Homes’ Seawick Holiday Park and St Osyth Holiday Village will open from the middle of February following permission from Tendring District Council.
The owner of two holiday parks near Clacton- on-Sea has been granted permission to operate for an additional fortnight each year.
The move by one of the sector’s largest operators may open the floodgates for longer opening times around the country.
“Increasing the period when holiday homes can be used is a reflection of the way people now use their leisure”
Park Holidays UK, which owns both sites, said that the extension, granted by Tendring District Council, would benefit more than 1,100 holiday homes in total.
Director Tony Clish said that Seawick and St Osyth were already among the most popular of the firm’s 26 holiday parts in southern England, both for owning and renting holiday homes.
Work is also nearing completion on a £3m investment programme at Seawick, including a new entertainment and swimming pool complex.
“Increasing the period when holiday homes can be used is a reflection of the way people now use their leisure, and enjoy more shorter breaks throughout the year,” he said. “Plenty of indoor entertainment means the weather is never a barrier to taking time out, and modern holiday homes provide all the comforts for four-season use.”
This was coupled with a prediction from the Tourism Alliance estimating that the extra takings for staycations in the UK in 2016 was around £2.4 billion.