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!

Glamping: going somewhere, fast

Glamping: going somewhere, fast

The outdoor market did once wonder if the glamping phenomenon would fall away just as quickly as it had risen. A simple analysis of the term camping in google searches shows that this is very much a fluctuating seasonal search term, but the term glamping is on the steep incline, all over google, all year round.

The outdoor movement has grown massively, but glamping has enjoyed a notable surge in growth as it appeals to camping and hotel lovers alike. It’s the winning of the hotel lover that is boosting this sector so much, attracting a whole new affluent clientele to the outdoor market, securing the glamping industry well into the future.

There have also been questions about the future security of the staycation. Worries withdrawn. World economy, the threat of terror strikes, Brexit, displaced societies and the refugee crisis and political unrest in the UK have all lent themselves to a strengthening of the staycation trend.

The key to staycation success is really about the value and quality of the experience on offer. What seems to be playing right into the hands of glamping business owners is that the holiday destination itself seems to be becoming less important to the glamping demographic than the actual experience itself, giving them the opportunity to constantly evolve and adapt to win the business.

What should you be thinking about if you are launching a new glamping business?

  • Less location, more experience – while the South West still comes in at number one for glamping destinations, make the most of your offering, provenance and experience. Research the type of glamping that is reaching saturation point in your area and go against the grain. Offer the little extras: thought about bush-crafting, bread-making, wine-tasting, weddings?
  • Pricing – hit the right mark; your prospective visitors should already be fumbling for their debit card as they peruse your gorgeous website.
  • Service and facilities – quality all the way. Look at the finer details of everything. MMFS! Make me feel special!
  • Customer expectations – ignore these at your peril. Glamping customers are ‘seekers’, they all want to ‘find’ something. Make sure they don’t leave your site still looking!
  • Connectivity & accessibility – a top class website with an integrated online booking management system to capitalise on online booking behaviours. Part of your success matrix must be a good PMS (property management software).

Anytime Booking will be your perfect PMS; we have put years into becoming specialists in this market. We work in an agile methodology, constantly inspecting and adapting what the development priorities are, keeping in tune with the nuances and fluctuations of the glamping market.

 

Bosinver scoops top award for Family Friendly Accommodation of the Year 2017

Bosinver scoops top award for Family Friendly Accommodation of the Year 2017

Anytime Booking customer Bosinver has just won the Family Friendly Accommodation of the Year category at the 2017 VisitEngland Awards hosted at the Hilton Waldorf Hotel in central London. We are delighted for them – this national award is such an achievement, and it is wonderful to have their efforts recognised in this way.

Owner Pat says, “We have previously won the top national award for self-catering, but ‘Family Friendly’ is a new category and it is particularly thrilling to win this award as families are at the heart of our business. We strive to combine luxurious accommodation and facilities for parents with the creation of magical childhood memories for children on our farm.”

The congratulations have been flooding in on social media from guests, many of whom have been holidaying with at Bosinver for years. Check out what a wonderful place to stay it really is at www.bosinver.co.uk.

What Bosinver says about Anytime Booking

“The quality of our booking system is an essential part of our success – it is one of the first experiences our guests have of us so it must be as ‘award winning’ as the other experiences we offer – which it is! We are proud to use a Cornish firm that is going from strength to strength and building and improving the service that offered to us. Thank you, Anytime, for helping us to win this prestigious award.”

How Anytime can help you

1 Install a Book Now button on your website, the most effective call to action there is

2 Share live availability with global third parties like Booking.com, Airbnb and Tripadvisor

3 Increase your visibility on the web to take advantage of the spike in staycations and short-breaks

4 Maximise your booking process to capitalise on mobile browsing

5 Minimise the risk of double bookings

6 Flexible management tools to run your business your way, eg. categorising your inventory, setting your pricing, fixing discounts and occupancy rules, moving bookings

7 Up-sell welcome hampers, logs, activities, dogs, you name it – quickly and easily

8 Improve and automate the way you communicate with your visitors

9 Carve through your admin giving you more time to spend ensuring your guests have a fantastic stay

10 Detailed reception reports (arrivals/departures), housekeeping and financial reports, and owner statements

11 Backed up data and a great team of people behind the product to assist you every step of the way

Are you ready to increase your bookings, streamline your admin and stay ahead?