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Holiday Park Scene Magazine

Holiday Park Scene is an essential read for everyone involved in the holiday park industries within UK and Eire.

Offering the inside track on the latest market news and reports, Holiday Park Scene covers all aspects of holiday park management from camping and glamping to the most luxurious holiday lodges.

Including everything from swimming pools to entertainment, we share advice on maximising the pulling power of holiday locations while cutting overheads.

Fresh Ideas for the Holiday Park Sector

Holiday Park Scene Magazine

Holiday Park Scene is an essential read for everyone involved in the holiday park industries within UK and Eire.

Offering the inside track on the latest market news and reports, Holiday Park Scene covers all aspects of holiday park management from camping and glamping to the most luxurious holiday lodges.

Including everything from swimming pools to entertainment, we share advice on maximising the pulling power of holiday locations while cutting overheads.

Fresh Ideas for the Holiday Park Sector

Holiday Park Scene Magazine

Holiday Park Scene is an essential read for everyone involved in the holiday park industries within UK and Eire.

Offering the inside track on the latest market news and reports, Holiday Park Scene covers all aspects of holiday park management from camping and glamping to the most luxurious holiday lodges.

Including everything from swimming pools to entertainment, we share advice on maximising the pulling power of holiday locations while cutting overheads.

Fresh Ideas for the Holiday Park Sector

Holiday Park Scene Magazine

Holiday Park Scene is an essential read for everyone involved in the holiday park industries within UK and Eire.

Offering the inside track on the latest market news and reports, Holiday Park Scene covers all aspects of holiday park management from camping and glamping to the most luxurious holiday lodges.

Including everything from swimming pools to entertainment, we share advice on maximising the pulling power of holiday locations while cutting overheads.

Fresh Ideas for the Holiday Park Sector

Holiday Park Scene Magazine

Holiday Park Scene is an essential read for everyone involved in the holiday park industries within UK and Eire.

Offering the inside track on the latest market news and reports, Holiday Park Scene covers all aspects of holiday park management from camping and glamping to the most luxurious holiday lodges.

Including everything from swimming pools to entertainment, we share advice on maximising the pulling power of holiday locations while cutting overheads.

Fit For Purpose

Look before you leap on holiday let hot tubs…

Fit For Purpose - Title PicEducated estimates put the number of hot tubs in a holiday let setting, throughout the UK and Eire, at between 3,500 and 5,000 installations. Good news for some, with seven out of ten bookers looking for a hot tub with their holiday let while accommodation promoted as being supplied with a hot tub will generally sustain increased rates of around 30%.

The bad news is that any of those hot tubs, installed pre 2018, are probably out of date and do not comply with current regulations of HSG282. Not a problem, some would say, fiercely clutching their risk assessment paperwork. Not a problem, that is, until there is a high profile incident which will send the prospects for hot tubs and their non-conforming holiday park operator, down a rather large drain. “If you speak to any online booking agent they will usually place a hot tub in the top three options search or ticked; people really do want one,” says Dan Johnson of Marquis Spas, that markets a fully-compliant range of hot tubs for the holiday let market.

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Making It Count

Never under estimate the value of first impressions, advises Ashleigh Bissett…Making It Count - Title Pic

You’ve heard it said that you never get a second chance to make a good, first impression. Not only are first impressions registered with lightning speed, but they also last a surprisingly long time. As we head into winter, what better time to evaluate your outdoor areas and carry out the necessary modifications to make your guests’ first impressions count in time for the 2019 season. Quick fixes could be something as simple as adding more benches or sprucing up your garden displays.

If outdoor spaces are well maintained, they will encourage user-participation by inspiring visitors to be outdoors in the grounds, making full use of the facilities. “We believe it’s important to keep outdoor spaces well maintained as this is one of the first impressions visitors will experience at your park,” comments Stephen Toone, Managing Director of Fordingbridge – a leading manufacturer of canopies, walkways and inspiring buildings. “Your clientele are more likely t o return to your site and recommend to their friends and family if the external appearance is tidy and up together.” He adds: “With more competition than ever before within the holiday park and leisure sector, attracting customers with new and engaging ideas are vital to achieve this.”

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