Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park Crowned Best in Carmarthenshire

Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park Crowned Best in Carmarthenshire

At the recent Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards, which were held at the Diplomat Hotel in Llanelli, Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park proudly took home the award for the Best Caravan, Camping and Glamping site of the Year. Based in the town of Llandovery, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, Erwlon is a 5 star family run site, offering visitors to the area a holiday experience in a beautiful countryside location.

The Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards, which are held every 2 years, showcase the best of the tourism and hospitality industry within the county and with hundreds of entries received, Erwlon are delighted to come away with the Gold award in their category.

Erwlon was established in 1950s as a diversification from the farm and has been run by the Rees family ever since. Priding themselves on offering visitors a wonderful base for their holiday in Carmarthenshire, on site dedicated family and adults only areas make it a great choice for a caravan or camping holiday.

The focus at Erwlon has always been about providing a family friendly feel. On site facilities include a comfortable shower and toilet block including family changing areas, super pitches (which include hard standing, your own water point and grey waste discharge plus of course an electric hook-up) a children’s play area, a dog walking area and Wi-Fi. And with a commitment to always improving facilities for visitors, in 2017 the team introduced a new camp kitchen and also 4 luxury glamping pods called Riverside Pods.

Riverside Pods are en-suite self-contained pods offering an alternative glamping accommodation for visitors, and set in a beautiful location along the river, in a great spot to relax and unwind. Each pod sleeps up to 4 people and offer all the facilities you would need for a comfortable and cosy holiday, including under floor heating which means all year round glamping.

Peter Rees owner of Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park said “We are delighted to have won the Gold award in the recent Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards. To be recognised for our quality of offering, facilities and customer service is so rewarding. It also makes it especially rewarding to have won the award in the year where we have expanded our offering and introduced our glamping pods to the site. This not only allows our regular guests to bring friends and family with them but also introduces Erwlon to new customers.”

Erwlon and Riverside Pods are open all year round and to find out more about the on-site facilities, availability and to book online head to www.erwlon.co.uk.

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South West comes out top in national tourism awards

South West comes out top in national tourism awards

The national Visit England awards saw the South West reinforce its position as England’s top region for excellence for the sixth year running with multiple awards.

Finalists were all invited to receive their trophies from presenter Kirsty Allsopp at the VisitEngland awards event in Bath on 23rd April.

Three South West nominees took Gold trophies in the national awards:

  • Landal Gwelan Mor from Cornwall in the Holiday Park/Village category
  • The Roman Baths & Pump Room from Bath in the Inclusive Tourism category
  • Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park from Wiltshire in the Taste of England award

Silver award winners included:

  • The 25 Boutique B&B from Torquay in the B&B category
  • Mylor Sailing & Powerboat School from Cornwall in the Inclusive Tourism category
  • The Roman Baths and Pump Room for Inbound Tourism
  • The Milkshed from Devon in the Self Catering category
  • Devon’s Bulleigh Barton Manor in the Dog Friendly category
  • Wiltshire’s Lucknam Park in the Hotel of the Year award

Bronze award winners included:

  • Cary Arms & Spa “Inn on the Beach” from Torquay in the Boutique Guest Accommodation category
  • Salad Days Beach Hut from Dunster in the Dog Friendly Business category
  • Polmanter Touring Park from Cornwall in the Holiday Park/Village category
  • Loose Reins from Dorset in the New Tourism Business award
  • Screech Owl Sanctuary & Wildlife Park from Cornwall in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year award

Robin Barker from South West awards organisers Services for Tourism, said: “It’s…great to see the continued success of the South West and the region ‘heading the quality charts’ once again. With the 2018/19 Awards already open for entry we‘re looking forward to another record year ahead.”

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “These awards are a celebration of our thriving tourism industry.  They highlight the people and the organisations that deliver amazing experiences for visitors, raising the profile of England as a world-class destination.”

Latest VisitEngland statistics show that in 2017 Brits took more than 47 million holidays in England, up six percent on the previous year. Brits spent more than £11 billion on domestic staycations in 2017, up six percent on 2016.

Tourism in England contributes £106 billion to the economy.

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Caravan, Camping & Glamping Site of the Year 2018/19

Caravan, Camping & Glamping Site of the Year 2018/19

Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards

Anytime Booking is proud to be sponsoring the Caravan, Camping & Glamping Site of the Year at this year’s Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards. And what a category! The outdoor holiday scene is strong as ever in Carmarthenshire, with its stunning backdrops, beautiful meadows, lush mountains and golden sandy beaches.

The shortlist for the Finalists this year are:

Fferm Llwynifan Farm/South Wales Touring Park
Dolbryn Camping and Caravanning
Coastal Wood Holidays
Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park

Erwlon is a long-time Anytime Booking customer! Congratulations to you all/Llongyfarchiadau i chi gyd!

Full list of awards:

  • Large Serviced Accommodation of the Year
  • Small Serviced Accommodation of the Year
  • Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year (2 units or less)
  • Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year (3 or more units)
  • Caravan, Camping & Glamping Site of the Year
  • Best Day Out – Attractions & Activities
  • Best Day Out – Festivals & Events
  • Most Exciting New Business
  • Taste of Carmarthenshire Award – Eating Out
  • Taste of Carmarthenshire Award – Food & Drink Retail
  • Made in Carmarthenshire (Arts & Makers) NEW FOR 2018
  • Sustainable Tourism Business of the Year
  • Most Effective Marketing Award
  • Best Customer Service
  • Community Tourism Award
  • Tourism Business of the Year

The winners will be announced at the gala Awards Ceremony on the evening of Wednesday 6th June 2018 at the Diplomat Hotel in Llanelli. Watch this space!

Touring, Camping & Caravanning Park of the Year 2018/19

Touring, Camping & Caravanning Park of the Year 2018/19

Proud sponsors of the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2018/19

Anytime Booking is proud to be sponsoring the Touring, Camping and Caravanning Park of the Year at this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards. This category is for parks where the main provision is for touring caravans, motor homes and camping with few or no pitches occupied by caravan holiday homes or lodges.

This is an opportunity for campsites all around Cornwall to really think about what they do well, promote their achievements and be recognised by the tourism industry for their hard work. These parks should demonstrate exceptional customer service and offer an outstanding experience for visitors.

There are so many fantastic camping and touring sites around the county, including many of our own customers, and we encourage you all to enter! Create a buzz around your holiday business in Cornwall by entering the Awards and if you’re not already onboard, talk to us about ramping up your customer service with an easy to use online booking system!

The deadline for entering the awards is midnight on 22nd May for all categories except Customer Service Superstar and Tourism Events and Festivals which close on 22 August; in a change to previous years event organisers are asking businesses wishing to enter Events and Festivals to register now at awards@services4tourism.co.uk.

Entry is free and all entrants receive feedback.

The Awards launch follows just days after the announcement of the region’s success in the final event of the 2017/18 awards when 15 South West entrants were announced as finalists in the national VisitEngland awards. Our congratulations go to them all – you can see them here http://www.southwesttourismawards.org.uk/.

Last year’s winners in this category were:

Gold – Polmanter Touring Park, St Ives, polmanter.co.uk

Silver – Dolbeare Park, Saltash, dolbeare.co.uk

Bronze – Trevalgan Touring Park, St Ives, trevalgantouringpark.co.uk

 

Do you have what it takes to run away with a prize this year? Get your entry forms in, and good luck!

Get ready NOW for your season 2018 bookings!

Get ready NOW for your season 2018 bookings!

We understand that switching from a paper-based diary to an online booking system is a big decision.

Are you still managing bookings the old-fashioned way with a pen and paper diary?

The hotel industry has online bookings sewn up but there are still plenty of businesses out there in the outdoor holiday arena using spreadsheets and paper files to manage their bookings and customer details.

This is fine, if it works, but most would agree they would benefit from a reduction in the admin load. If you are one of those getting fed up with lost information and manually flicking through pages of entries looking for bookings or customer information, you should probably think about adopting an online booking software to streamline how you work.

Choose a booking system that’s specific to your industry, that understands your needs and gives you the power to run your business your way. If you are a campsite, glamping site, motorhome or self-catering holiday cottage business, activity centre or a combination of these, cue Anytime Booking.

One of the big wins with a system like ours is that everything is in one place. All the booking, customer and financial information is updated in everyone’s view at the same time and all email communication related to your bookings is automated.

Is it hard for a paper-based business to transition to an online platform?

Honestly, no, not with us. Here at Anytime Booking we give you a dedicated Customer Success Manager to help you through the entire process. From set up, to training and aftercare support, we make the transition as straight-forward and painless as possible.

Once you are up and running, you will instantly see how we improve your business; everything is automated, from managing bookings and OTA (online travel agent) channels, through to confirmation emails and cash list reports. We help you save time and increase revenue while you enjoy giving great customer service.

Just some of the benefits of taking that step

Cloud-based access from anywhere – multiple users can access the booking system from any device with internet connection; no need to share one desk-diary or update multiple spreadsheets.

Sharing real time availability – once a booking is made, no-one else will be able to select those dates for that particular pitch, pod or cottage (an easy mistake to make when you’re working with spreadsheets and post-it notes!)

Dashboard – gives you an instant snapshot of all new bookings, departures, arrivals, and outstanding balances in one place, no cross-referencing spreadsheets.

Your bookings, your money – we power commission-free direct bookings from your website at any time of day or night, but you can use it to process telephone bookings too.

Automated confirmation and balance reminder emails – restore your sanity! Send automated emails for all bookings, whether confirmation, pre-arrival, balance reminder or post-stay.

Keep in control of your pricing – manage all your rates and rules for minimum stays and occupancy levels all in one place; set up special packages and discounts.

Channel management – share your rates with OTAs (online travel agents) if you wish to drive more bookings through multiple sales channels like Pitch Up, Airbnb and Booking.com (commissions to the channel will apply).

Fantastic customer support – get unrivalled service from the Customer Success and Helpdesk teams at Anytime Booking. We have spent thousands of hours becoming specialist in the outdoor holiday market.

When is the best time to look for a new booking system for your holiday accommodation?

There is no time like the present. Act now to get live online for the 2018 season!