Newcastle holiday parks firm Parkdean Resorts is to recruit 6,500 seasonal staff because it gears up for a staycation boom.
Five North East holiday parks are set to profit from a £1.6m funding programme as Newcastle-based Parkdean Resorts will get prepared for a summer season the place extra British vacationers are anticipated to holiday within the UK.
The firm operates 67 caravan, lodge, cabin, glamping and tenting holiday resorts across the UK, and is is investing £70m throughout all its parks, together with the seven-figure sum at its 5 North East websites – Church Point, in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Cresswell Towers at Druridge Bay and Sandy Bay in Ashington, Crimdon Dene, close to Hartlepool, and Whitley Bay.
The holiday park operator can also be creating 6,500 seasonal jobs throughout its UK property, together with many within the North East the place it already employs round 400 folks in its parks, plus an additional 750 at its Gosforth headquarters.
As half of the most important funding – which follows on from an analogous sum being ploughed into the corporate final 12 months – the firm is hiring for seasonal and full-time roles within the area, throughout gross sales, meals and beverage, and housekeeping.
The funding will see Sandy Bay will get two new caravans and a luxurious lodge with a veranda, Crimdon Dene will get two new caravans, whereas Whitley Bay can even obtain two new caravans, in addition to a refurbished amusements space.
A complete of 47 upgraded caravans are additionally being introduced in to substitute current fleet throughout the area.
The firm, which has caravans, lodges, cabins, glamping and tenting holiday resorts, was named Best UK Family Holiday Company, and Best UK Holiday Parks and Lodges Company on the British Travel Awards 2020, the UK’s largest opinion ballot for journey and tourism within the nation.
It mentioned that in a difficult 2020 it topped all furlough funds up to 100% throughout lockdowns, donated 1000’s of kilos of provisions to native meals banks, and offered free lodging for greater than 100 NHS key staff at 4 holiday parks.
Steve Richards, chief govt of Parkdean Resorts, mentioned: “Despite probably the most difficult of years, we’re persevering with to spend money on our parks, creating a fair higher expertise for holidaymakers and holiday dwelling homeowners in 2021.
“With industry-leading Covid-safe requirements, we’re trying ahead to welcoming folks again safely, to take pleasure in every thing our parks, and the encircling areas, have to supply.
“We understand how reliant the native financial system is on tourism, and we’re assured that we will help the area get well by welcoming holidaymakers to take pleasure in a well-deserved staycation within the North East.”
Nationwide, the £70m funding for 2021 contains £22.5m spent on introducing greater than 700 new caravans and lodges, £13m on upkeep and greater than £12m on expertise initiatives.
It can also be spending £12m on three ‘Parks of the Future’, at Sandford in Dorset, Trecco Bay in South Wales, and Cayton Bay, Yorkshire, which have acquired every thing from new luxurious lodging choices to thrilling actions, together with excessive ropes and digital actuality zones, and facility upgrades, corresponding to new swimming swimming pools, pop-up meals stands, and outside eating areas.
The funding in these parks takes the whole quantity of ‘Parks of the Future’ to seven.