Five North East holiday parks set to receive £ 1.6million investment program as Newcastle-based Parkdean Resorts braces for a summer when more UK tourists are expected to vacation in the Kingdom -United.
The company operates 67 caravans, lodges, chalets, glamping and holiday camping across the UK, and is investing £ 70million in all of its parks, including the seven-figure sum at its five North East locations – Church Point in Newbiggin-by-the-sea, Cresswell Towers in Druridge Bay and Sandy Bay in Ashington, Crimdon Dene, near Hartlepool and Whitley Bay.
The holiday park operator is also creating 6,500 seasonal jobs in its field in the UK, many of which are in the North East where it already employs around 400 people in its parks, plus another 750 at its headquarters in Gosforth.
As part of the major investment – which follows a similar amount invested in the company last year – the company is recruiting for seasonal and full-time positions in the region, in the areas of sales, l ‘food and drink and housekeeping.
The investment will see Sandy Bay get two new trailers and a luxury lodge with a veranda, Crimdon Dene will receive two new trailers, while Whitley Bay will also receive two new trailers, as well as a renovated recreation area.
A total of 47 improved caravans are also brought in to replace the existing fleet in the region.
The company, which owns caravans, lodges, chalets, glamping and camping resorts, was named Best Family Holiday Company in the UK and Best Holiday Park and Lodge Company in the UK United at the British Travel Awards 2020, the UK’s largest opinion poll on UK travel and tourism. the country.
He said in a tough 2020 he exceeded all leave payments by up to 100% during lockdowns, donated thousands of pounds of groceries to local food banks and provided free accommodation. to over 100 key NHS workers at four holiday parks.
Steve Richards, Managing Director of Parkdean Resorts, said: “Despite the toughest years, we continue to invest in our parks, creating an even better experience for vacationers and vacation home owners in 2021.
“With cutting-edge Covid safety standards, we look forward to welcoming people back safely, to enjoying all that our parks and the surrounding areas have to offer.
“We know how much the local economy depends on tourism and we are convinced that we can help the region to recover by welcoming vacationers to enjoy a well-deserved stay in the North East.
Nationally, the £ 70million investment for 2021 includes £ 22.5million for the introduction of more than 700 new caravans and chalets, £ 13million for maintenance and over £ 12million for technology projects.
He is also spending £ 12million on three ‘parks of the future’, in Sandford in Dorset, Trecco Bay in South Wales and Cayton Bay in Yorkshire, which have received everything from new options to luxury accommodation with exciting activities, including high ropes and virtual. reality zones and facility upgrades, such as new swimming pools, pop-up food stalls, and outdoor dining areas.
Investment in these parks brings the total number of “parks of the future” to seven.