Probably the first credit-crunch casualty of the British holiday industry is Pontin’s which closed down its Hemsby holiday camp last week.
Ocean Parcs, the owner of Pontin’s, blamed “declining bookings” and the need for “significant investment” as the reasons for its decision to close the Norfolk based park.
This is strange news, which seems to buck the current trend, as many British holiday destinations are reporting record bookings for the 2009 season, in fact, a news announcement by Pontin’s in late 2008 said:
“Pontin’s announced today that festive 2008 bookings are up by 11% on 2007 and that summer bookings for 2009 are up 20%.”
Holidaymakers with future bookings will have the opportunity to transfer their bookings to other Pontin’s sites or have a full refund.
Further Pontin’s holiday park information:
Pontin’s operates the following sites:
Pakefield – Suffolk
Blackpool – Lancashire
Prestatyn Sands – Wales
Brean Sands – Somerset
Camber Sands – Kent