Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Tag: Butlins

Bye-de-bye? Butlin’s “subscale” and now up for sale

Butlin's up for sale
Butlin’s is to be placed on the market by Bourne Leisure’s new majority owner Blackstone, with the iconic holiday park reportedly “sub-scale and therefore non-core to its growth plans.”

Butlin’s Bognor evacuated due to bomb scare

Butlins Bognor Regis bomb scare
Guests and staff were evacuated from Butlin’s Bognor Regis on the morning of 5 October, after a suspicious package was discovered in the car park.

Bourne Leisure records first pre-tax loss since 2004

Bourne Leisure revenue loss
Bourne Leisure has reported its first pre-tax loss in over a decade, after repeat site closures and travel restrictions halved 2020 revenue to £506.8m.

New entertainment space approved for Butlin’s Skegness

Butlins Skegness approved for new entertainment space
East Lindsey District Council has granted Butlins approval to construct a temporary event venue at its Ingoldmells site in order to house socially-distanced entertainment.

Staycation prices triple as holiday park demand soars

Staycation Easter holiday park prices up
Haven, Butlin’s and Center Parcs have stated “high demand” has forced Easter holiday prices at their resorts to triple, as the resorts set their stock by a March reopening.

Haven reports double booking figures as holiday parks fill up

Haven bookings
Haven has reported online bookings almost doubled since launching Haven Hideaways in May, with the company employing an extra 500 staff to cope with increased demand.

Culture Secretary heads to Butlin’s to sample the experience and meet with business leaders at tourism roundtable

Oliver Dowden MP Butlins visit
Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden was invited to sample the unique hospitality offered by Butlins in Bognor and listen to the challenges facing tourist destinations in a Covid-world.

Butlin’s and Haven extend closure period

Butlin's Haven extend closure period
Butlin’s and Haven have both extended the period they expect to remain closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which will now include the week of the May half term.

Warner, Haven and Butlin’s remain closed till May

Bourne Leisure Butlin's Haven
Bourne Leisure, the parent company of Warner Leisure Hotels, Haven and Butlin’s, has confirmed its venues will remain closed until 14 May, one month later than originally planned.

Holiday park popularity keeps Bourne Leisure’s revenue above £1bn

Bourne Leisure Financials
It’s a pretty impressive showing at Britain’s most prominent holiday park group. Bourne Leisure have topped the billion pound mark, made £153 million profit and...

Press impressed as Bognor Butlin’s makes a splash

Butlins Bognor Splash
Butlin's Bognor Regis has received positive reviews for its new £40m Splash pool complex, an Art Deco-themed swimming centre complete with Stick of Rock..

Coinslot business briefs: Belfast’s £93m attraction, Preston opens leisure site, and Butlin’s appointments new members

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£93m attraction plans approved in Belfast Belfast City Council has approved plans to create a £93m visitor attraction on the city’s largest development site, Giant’s Park in North Fore-shore. Slated for completion in 2026 the project is designed around four central hubs including a leisure and sports area and an adventure theme park. £8m leisure site opens outside Preston Barton Grange’s Flower...

Amusement arcade planned as part of £4m Skegness Butlin’s expansion

A new amusement arcade could be built at Butlin’s Skegness holiday park if plans for a £4m expansion are approved. If they are given the green light, the development would also include a Hall of Mirrors, a fairground workshop, a grandstand and two new amusement rides. Works to the site’s existing fairground would see its current rides largely retained, maintained and...

Butlin’s reassures customers suffers after data hack

Bourne Leisure Butlin's Haven
Butlin’s has reassured its customers that their payment details are secure after the leisure operator fell victim to a data hack last week. The firm said that 34,000 of its guests may have had their personal information stolen by hackers, and has set up “dedicated team” to contact the affected customers. “I would like to reassure guests that no financial data...

Butlin’s brings seaside amusements to Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street
A team of Butlin’s Redcoats has treated the children of Great Ormond Street Hospital to the joy of the British seaside. They travelled to London from the company’s resorts in Skegness and Minehead to host the Butlin’s Summer Party for those patients too ill to be transported for a day at the coast. The event offered a mix of traditional seaside...

Hot under the collar

Coinslot - Coastal operators summer turn out
We have thrust our grubby hands deep into the tombola of tenuous news this week and pulled out some ginger people in a dungeon, a robotic sexual organ and a whiskey bottle love letter, which sounds like an interesting night at least. Winter, all is forgiven, we are sick to death of the smell of suncream and explaining to the...

Northern Ireland tourism VAT consultation targets UK-wide cut

Last month the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP, visited Belfast to discuss the current consultation on VAT and APD with Northern Irish business leaders before the deadline closed on 5 June. In the meeting, Stride urged the tourism industry in Northern Ireland to contribute their views to the consultation into the rate of VAT and APD levied...

Butlin’s becomes latest seaside sector firm to phase out single-use plastics

Plastic straws
With the seaside playing a pivotal part in its brand identity, Butlin’s is taking a proactive approach to help protect its long-term future. Butlin’s has joined the growing list of British businesses that are seeking to end the use of single-use plastics. It is understood that the seaside holiday company will aim to stop supplying plastic straws with drinks at all...

Butlin’s plans creative ad campaign to support five year marketing plan

Bourne Leisure Butlin's Haven
One of the most recognisable brands in the UK holiday market is intending to become that little bit more recognisable, with Butlin’s planning an extensive advertising campaign to support its five year brand repositioning strategy. The historic holiday chain is looking to break trend with what has been a relatively quiet period of media outreach and has invited a number...

Bourne Leisure makes Sunday Times list

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Butlin’s owner Bourne Leisure has made it to the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to Work for 2018 list. Bourne, which also owns Haven and Warner Leisure Hotels, was ranked sixth out of 25 companies, and made the list for the 11th year running.   “Ranking sixth place makes us incredibly proud and it’s fantastic to see our culture and work...

Butlins among big names mentioned as meat crisis grows

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Butlins, Yates and the Slug & Lettuce are among the big names that have been pulled into the meat hygiene crisis.   The crisis, which started with Wetherspoons withdrawing Russell Hume meat from its outlets during its popular steak night, has now escalated with concerns the public wasn’t alerted until 12 days after the Food Standards Agency discovered problems. Watch...

Butlin’s health & safety policy fails to dodge racial sensitivities

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A muslim father is taking Butlin’s to court claiming his teenage daughter was stopped from using the dodgems because she was wearing a hijab.   The company, in response, said it was taking its health & safety responsibilities seriously, but in so doing it has now been bumped straight into a race issue. “Our team are trained not to compromise when it...

Playnation secures Bourne and Butlins supply deal

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Leisure and gaming operator Playnation, part of the Novomatic UK group of companies, has secured a renewal of its machine supply contract with Bourne Leisure which includes Butlins, Haven and Warner Leisure Hotels.   Under the terms of the agreement,Playnation has been reappointed as the majority supplier offering the very latest leisure and gaming machines to Bourne Leisure Nationally which includes...

Arcades across UK key to Bourne supremacy

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Bourne Leisure Group enjoyed an impressive 2016, with recent financial statements showing notably increased turnover, driven in part by a growing amusements portfolio.   One of the largest holiday home operators in the UK, counting Haven and Butlins amongst its subsidiaries, Bourne Leisure has seen another impressive year, as the company make the most of a burgeoning staycation market, and weak...

Hospitality industry rallies for Tourism VAT cut

Coinslot - Industry Tourism VAT
As Brexit looms, key hospitality players nation-wide are banding together to call for measures to help the industry thrive long-term. Cutting VAT on tourism is a primary target.   The Campaign to Cut Tourism VAT, a coalition of 40,000 hospitality businesses nation-wide, looks to be taking off on multiple frontiers. The campaign is touring the UK explaining the objectives behind the...

Court overturns reduced VAT on holiday park fuel supplies

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A holiday park operator trading as British Holidays, Haven, and Butlins may have to pay increased fuel charges through its rental packages following a ruling in the Court of Appeal.   The long-running argument between HMRC and Colaingrove, which operates 37 holiday parks across the UK, was decided in the former’s favour, ending a period of reduced VAT on caravan- rental...

Tourism VAT cut would boost seaside resorts, says Butlin’s director

Coinslot - Butlin's Chris Baron VAT
Chris Baron, resort director at Butlin's Skegness, believes that reducing tourism VAT would be the most effective way to help all of the UK’s coastal communities.   The resort director of Butlin's Skegness has made the case for a reduction in tourism VAT being the best way to tackle the challenges facing seaside resorts. Chris Baron, who has worked for the holiday...

Butlin’s boss calls for school holidays VAT cut test

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Dermot King has once again issued calls for a reduction in leisure VAT, suggesting that impeding school holidays would be ripe for experimentation.   The boss of Butlin’s-owner Bourne Leisure has called on the government to test the effect of a cut in VAT on the tourism industry by implementing it during school holidays. Dermot King, who is also chairman of the...

Perennially ReBourne: how Butlins stayed relevant for 80 years

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As Butlins celebrates its 80th birthday, managing director Dermot King explains how the archetypal staycation brand stays likeable and lucrative in the 21st century. Butlins is well aware that it is not what it once was. At its peak in the 1960s, Billy Butlin’s industrialisation of the British holiday comprised ten camps across the UK, Ireland and the Bahamas. Over...

King looks ahead

ireland Dermot King tourism tax
In an excerpt from an interview with Conference News, Butlin’s MD and VAT campaigner Dermot King reveals the future for his company and his hopes for cuts to tourism tax. In the late 1980’s I joined Bourne Leisure and earned a reputation of sorts by successfully challenging the way the UK implemented the tax rules on the sale of holiday...