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Park Holidays cashes in on “well entrenched” staycation trend

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Park Holidays has reported revenues of nearly £150m and profits of almost £35m as it continues to invest in its 29 strong portfolio of UK holiday parks. Results for 2017 show the company has increased its profits for the year to £34.6m, up from £31.8m a year earlier. Revenue for the operator also rose to £149.7m, up from £131.5m, which...

“Yes, Minister in real life”: New UK insurance rules dampen staycation spirit

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As the warm weather continues to boost staycation figures across the country, a new insurance directive - extended beyond its original intention by the UK government - is costing B&B and hotel owners, and by association the entire tourism and attractions industry. UK-based B&B and hotel operators are being forced to choose between paying-up to insurance companies or providing a...

Northern Ireland turns staycation corner

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Last year was a record breaking one for tourism in Northern Ireland according to government figures, with the continuing staycation boom making up close to half of all trips. The tourism industry in Northern Ireland contributed an all time high £926m to the national economy in 2017 according to recently released statistics. The country welcomed some 4.85m overnight trips throughout the...

Bunn Leisure reports record breaking year for 2017

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Bunn Leisure has reported a record breaking year for 2017, with the holiday park operator following this strong performance through with a further £17m investment in its attractions. The company has plans for a bowling alley, a 1,250-seated entertainment venue, and a go kart track at its 300-acre holiday complex on the Selsey Peninsula in West Sussex, increasing the quality...

Investment and its power in driving up standards, says Paolo Sidoli

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The British seaside is enjoying a resurgence in popularity with UK holidaymakers which has led to strong investment and a demand for the latest equipment says leading children’s ride specialist Paolo Sidoli. Our company is based on the coast in Porthcawl,” explains industry stalwart Paolo Sidoli, “and we can see the year-on-year increase in visitor numbers and its positive impact...

Brexit-shaped staffing gaps add to industry pressure

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While operators further away from larger cities may escape the consequences of Britain’s EU worker exodus, those nearer to London - such as Martin Richardson, operator of Southend’s Happidrome - are starting see one of Brexit’s sharp edges take affect. With costs on the rise, and Cat D stakes and prizes staying the same, the challenge of operating on Britain’s...

Staycation trend continues with record breaking year in the making

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The staycation concept is taking hold in the UK marketplace as domestic tourism shows sustained and continued growth. And this welcome boost for the amusements sector is given an added dimension as outlying Britain becomes more in demand.   London, it seems, has met its match with Lincoln becoming the hot place of the moment, signalling a boost for business away...

Post-Brexit anxiety boosting British seaside stays

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Tourism experts say British holidaymakers are being “more cautious” with their money as the UK's staycation trend becomes the status quo.   Tourism industry experts and stakeholders are expecting a surge in British seaside holidays as post-Brexit anxiety causes consumers to tighten their spending. They agree that the staycation trend will only get stronger as 2018 sees another boost in domestic...

Bank holiday saw £1.7bn tourism boost

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Statistics released by VisitEngland have indicated that close to 7m Britons embarked on a domestic overnight trip this August bank holiday.   It is expected that this footfall boost brought close to £1.7bn extra to the UK economy over the long weekend, and represents a significant increase on last year’s figure of just over 5m long weekenders. “Tourism is a key economic...

Staycation boost for seaside sector despite tighter budgets

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Three quarters of UK adults have been on or are planning a staycation in 2017 - up five percent on last years figure - providing a boost to the seaside sector despite a decrease in average spend.   Research from Barclays Business reported that currency depreciation following the Brexit referendum is one factor affecting the increase, with nine percent of holidaymakers...

Southend to see boost from free train tickets

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Thanks to a one-day-only scheme, day trippers from two London boroughs will be able to visit Southend on the upcoming bank holiday weekend for free. But is the scheme too little too late for the town’s operators, asks Fantasia Amusements manager Alan Frost.   Southend operators are set to get a boost in footfall from Londoners with the offer of free...

Staycation surge to continue says new research

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A new study has shown that going to amusement arcades is the favourite thing to do at the seaside for almost one in four UK adults on staycation.   The survey, conducted by research firm OnePoll on behalf of car manufacturer MINI, also found that domestic tourism continues to rise, with nearly half of all Brits more likely to goon a...

Post-Brexit staycations remain high as Britons not leaving

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Staycations have continued to surge a year after Brexit, with nearly half of Britons taking a holiday within the country in 2017, according to a new study.Britain’s coast was singled out by respondents as a top choice, with nearly three in five reporting to have visited this year. Indeed, businesses seaside resorts have reported a huge increase in bookings since...

Seaside resorts Brits’ favourite destination this summer

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With summer now officially started there was good news for seaside resorts this week with confirmation they are the country’s favourite place to take a holiday. The British seaside is officially the UK’s most popular annual destination after a new survey found that over half of all adults plan to holiday there in 2017. According to the Travelodge annual holiday index,...

In the summertime, where the sector’s fine?

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The busy season is coming and Edward Lowoton discusses the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the seaside sector's future.   Operators may tire of buzz words like ‘staycation’, but like many Brits this summer, it doesn’t seem to be flying-off anytime soon. Indeed, a recent coastal critique in Coinslot's Summer Supplement raises several talking points for the sector's season ahead,...

Report predicts staycations to fuel bumper year for UK tourism

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Another survey has found that the UK’s tourism and leisure industries are set for a bumper year thanks to continued growth in the trend for staycations.   The report, by Barclays, found that nearly a third (30 per cent) of British holidaymakers expect to spend more of their holiday time in the UK this year. Nearly four in ten respondents (38 per...

Operators investing to break the bank for summer

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Operators investing heavily in time for bank holidays and the wider summer season may not seem the most surprising of news, but this year the sheer amount being spent, across such a breadth of premises is as notable as it is positive, says Tom Rush.   Across the country vast sums of money are being invested into arcades, theme parks and...

Staycation bookings up 23.8 percent as Brexit takes effect

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With staycation bookings on the rise it looks to be a good year for holiday parks and coastal arcades. So the question is, could this trend become the new norm postbrexit?   More and more Brits are choosing to holiday at home as staycation searches and bookings for the UK increased by almost a quarter compared to 2016, according to data...

Blackpool seeks to capitalise on Brexit opportunity

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Blackpool focuses on the positive side of Brexit with tourism bosses in the seaside resort keen to take advantage of increased staycations.   Tourism bosses in Blackpool believe that Brexit has given their resort a window of opportunity to boost its visitor numbers. Phillip Welsh, head of visitor economy at Blackpool Council, said last year’s vote to leave the European Union and...

Norfolk seaside resorts face council tax threat

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Holiday park property owners in the Borough of Great Yarmouth will pay increased council tax bills from 1 April, with many stating their seaside staycation homes are no longer affordable.   The seaside economy of Norfolk’s coastline has been put at risk by Great Yarmouth Borough Council as holiday park property owners take stock of increased council tax bills. A decision by...

Eight million Brits to choose staycation due to plummeting pound

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The UK’s seaside resorts could be the destination of choice for many British holidaymakers this year due to the current value of the pound.   The seaside sector could get a boost this summer after new research claimed an estimated eight million Brits will change their travel plans and holiday in the UK due to the post-Brexit fall in the value...

Turning of the tides for seaside towns in 2017

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New plan for the development of UK coastal tourism industry created as figures show 35 per cent of UK families more likely to staycation in 2017 than previous years. A group comprising industry leaders, business owners and tourism experts has established the first Vision, Strategy and Action Plan for the development of tourism on the coast, coordinated by the National...

Brits spend record amount on day-trips in 2016

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Holidaymakers spent a record-breaking amount on day trips across England in 2016 and helped to boost the economy by £45.3bn, new research by tourism agency VisitEngland has shown. The Brits have enjoyed  their day by the seaside - well, many days by the seaside it seems. Figures covering  January to November 2016 show holidaymakers spent a record amount of   money...

2017 tourism boom could bring year-long benefits

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UKIP’s new Heritage and Tourism Spokesman is encouraged by 2016’s tourist spend and expects a large increase in visitor numbers for 2017, particularly from foreign tourists. Tourism in England hit a new record bringing in £45bn in 2016. This figure from Visit England, reflects an increase in the numbers of day trips and ‘Staycations’ taken by British families. I am pleased...

Seaside sees boost in 
business across 2016

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Nationwide, coastal businesses were buoyed by a increase in business this year, the results of a new wide ranging study have indicated. The majority of seaside businesses saw an increase in trade in 2016, or were least on a par with last year’s results, a new study has revealed. The findings came from two surveys conducted by the National Coastal Tourism...

Parkdean Resorts valuation booms on Brexit

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The rocketing valuation of Parkdean Resorts since Brexit is a testament to the financial sector’s confidence in UK staycations post-referendum. Only a year after the UK’s largest holiday parks company was created, the owners of Parkdean Resorts are working on selling it off, expecting to fetch as much as £1.5bn for the deal. The caravan and camping monolith was formed only...

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...

Flintshire quarry could be transformed into holiday park

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Acorn Leisure, owners of the Misty Waters site near Lloc, have submitted in plans for a scheme to build a holiday park at Maes Mynan quarry near Caerwys. Plans have been submitted to build nearly 50 luxury lodges, and units for more than 130 static and touring caravans at the redundant quarry in Flintshire. The firm purchased the site last November...

Post-Brexit success the motive for cancellation of Park Holidays sale?

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Caledonia Investments has cancelled the £250m sale of caravan park operator Park Holidays following June’s Brexit vote. Park Holidays is Britain’s fourth largest caravan operator, boasting 25 holiday parks in the South of England. Its performance has been buoyed by the rise in staycations, with earnings rising to £35m this year. When the sale was announced in March the mooted £250m...

Five million Brits take bank holiday staycation

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More than five million Britons were on staycation over the August bank holiday weekend, according to figures released by VisitEngland. The tourist board’s Bank Holiday Trip Tracker survey found that 5.1 million Britons were planning an overnight holiday before the weekend, with 4.6 million planning a trip in England. Holiday-goers over the long weekend generated an estimated £1.25bn for the UK...

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