Holiday Snaps From Alison Watson
Operations Manager At Bridge Leisure Management - a company that provides professional management and consultancy for the caravan holiday park industry.
What was your career path into the industry?
In 1989 my friend and I decided that we would do a summer season as children’s entertainers for a bit of fun and I ended up never leaving. I have worked in every department from Entertainment to Retail but mainly in Caravan Sales and General Management
How has market changed during your time in the industry?
The biggest thing I have noticed is that holiday guests are looking for more breaks per year and the seven or 14 day holiday in the UK has pretty much disappeared, to be replaced by more, shorter breaks.
How do you predict things will change in the next five to ten years?
One of the things I love about this industry is its resilience in the face of economic adversity. Private letting is one to watch as there has been a bit of a shift to external booking agents such as Airbnb and Booking.com, which could become even more prominent moving forward.
What is the best piece of business advice you have been given and by whom?
“Invest wisely now to save later.” I think of this anytime I am deciding on a major purchase.
What do you most like to spend your time out of working hours?
I love spending time with my family, eating out and keeping fit.
My favourite past time is cooking, whether it’s baking fresh bread to cooking for friends.
Who would like most like to sit down to dinner with and why?
I like variety so probably Tina Turner who would belt out a tune, Peter Kay as he is one of a few comedians who makes me laugh out loud and probably my Great Aunt Elizabeth, who was an inspiration to me from an early age.
Do you have any claims to fame?
I am a grade 8 musician and have played the trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn since I was around eight years old.
Where do you prefer to take your holidays?
Anywhere hot. I love the Canary Islands, a good beach holiday with a few day trips suits me down to the ground. I also love the US and would love to explore there - Route 66 is on my bucket list.