Haven sees spring bookings surge 50%

Domestic holiday park operator Haven has claimed it has seen a 50% rise in bookings for spring breaks.

The company, which operates 35 sites around the UK, says bookings for the summer holidays are up 15% compared with the same time last year.

Meanwhile, enquires about buying UK holiday homes on Haven sites are up by 75%. Around 24,000 owners already have caravan holiday homes.

Interest in holiday homes, which start at £15,000, has been boosted by a prize draw offering the chance to win a £40,000 luxury caravan.

Despite the general economic downturn it seems families are not prepared to forgo their holiday, according to sales director Tim Gibson.

Other factors boosting the interest in UK breaks are the high price of fuel and fears of possible flight disruption for holidays abroad.

“Many families have been taking advantage of our spring early booking offers which start at less than £100 for up to six people,” said Gibson. “But even taking that into account there is a strong upward trend in bookings across the whole season.

“Many new customers who enjoyed holidays with us for the first time in 2010 have booked to come back, having been pleasantly surprised by the quality of facilities and many attractions on offer.

“This year also promises to be our best ever as we are currently spending £40 million on improvements and major upgrades during the closed winter period.”

The company is offering spring breaks starting at £99 for a family of up to six people for bookings made by the end of February.



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