The Isle of Wight is set to benefit from investment of more than £30 million in its tourism and hospitality offer over the next four years.
UK developer Aria Resorts recently acquired three holiday resorts on the island: Rookley Country Park; St Helens Holiday Park; and Colwell Bay.
It has pledged to invest millions developing new facilities, improving existing ones and creating new lodges and places to eat.
The development is expected to create up to 150 new jobs and further grow the local economy.
Aria Resorts has also just purchased the Priory Bay Hotel – a 60-acre site in the northeast of the Isle of Wight near Ryde.
It will develop the hotel and site with a new spa and restaurants, with aims to re-open in early 2019.
Work has started on the Rookley Country Park development, which is being designed to attract more families to the Isle of Wight.
Changes will include 20 Lakehouse premium lodges; 46 caravans with premium and superior models, some with hot tubs; 30 refurbished premium cottages, some with hot tubs; a refurbished restaurant and swimming pool; and new children’s play area.
Edward Andrews, a director of Aria Resorts, said: “Our aim is to build one of the UK’s leading responsible holiday operators by investing millions of pounds into upgrading facilities on the Isle of Wight.
“The island is one of the finest places in Britain to take a holiday, with its stunning coastlines, wide range of festivals and a growing food scene. With this expansion, we will be creating many permanent jobs and contributing to the growth of the local economy.”
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