New Marketing Appointment for West Country Holiday Company

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Leading West Country holiday letting company Blue Chip Vacations has appointed Neil Simpkin as its new Marketing Director.

Leading West Country holiday letting company Blue Chip Vacations has appointed Neil Simpkin as its new Marketing Director. He joins from Flybe where he had held several senior Marketing roles since joining the airline in February 2003. With fourteen years experience in brand marketing, in particular strategic development and implementation of UK and European online marketing activity, he will oversee the continued expansion of the Blue Chip brand across 2009.

Blue Chip Vacations recently reported a 65% increase in bookings for 2009, compared to the same period a year ago. It represents around 500 handpicked 4 & 5 star properties across Devon and Cornwall. Each property chosen for its stunning location, amazing coastal or rural views or hi-spec interior. Properties are reviewed each year to ensure they meet the high standard set not only by Blue Chip Vacations, but also by Quality in Tourism.

Managing Director, Liam Gavin comments, “We are delighted Neil has joined us. Blue Chip Vacations has had a steady period of sustained growth over the last few years, turning it into one of the largest companies in the area, Neil’s expertise in building high profile brands and growing revenues will be invaluable to us as we look to continue expansion and deliver a record year for the business in 2009, with more holidaymakers than ever looking to stay in the UK.

Prior to heading up Flybe’s digital development, Neil oversaw many other elements of the marketing mix across UK and Europe, including; press advertising, TV, radio, outdoor, sponsorship and brand partnerships and promotions. He comments, “Blue Chip Vacations is one of the most exciting growth companies in the South West. Joining Liam and the team at a time when we have just won an award from South West Tourism for ‘Tourism Website of the Year’ and when forward bookings have never been stronger, I’m looking forward to working with the company and progressing its development even further in 2009.”

Currently the company is offering £100 off Winter breaks over £400 booked on its website.

Properties represented by the company include:

SHELL COTTAGE, Kingsand, Cornwall - Sleeps 5
A new edition to the Blue Chip portfolio, this delightful cottage is situated in the heart of the tranquil village of Kingsand on the Rame Peninsula and under 10 metres away from the beach (and little more to two of the finest Cornish pubs). Guests have exclusive access to the Westcroft Gallery which is situated behind the accommodation, (across a small private courtyard), in a converted former boatshed. The gallery houses artwork from some of The Rame Peninsulas’ finest artists and also that of St. Ives Artist Jim Woolley, the Gallery’s’ artist in residence. Guests are given exclusive access to The Gallery outside opening hours. Kingsand is a quiet village of narrow streets and colour washed cottages. The coast path runs through the village, leading to the Mount Edgcumbe estate at Cremyll (where an hourly boat sails across to Plymouth) and in the other direction, round the headland to the glorious sandy beach of Whitsand Bay.

Christmas week is still available for £825 (before discount) and
Weeks throughout January and February are £396pw

QUAY HOUSE, Newquay, Cornwall - Sleeps 6
Probably one of the finest 3 bedroom holiday properties in North Cornwall. Quay House is sited in an enviable position directly on Porth Beach and offers everything you would expect from a luxury holiday home. It has its own steps down to the beach as well as 2 parking spaces. The property has fantastic views across the bay and a balcony with outside seating. Broadband access is also available to guests who bring their own laptop. The open plan living room has high ceilings and bay windows, plus a 34" flatscreen TV with Sky Satellite and a DVD player.
New Year week, beginning 27 December - £1,149 (before discount)
Weeks beginning 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 January - £551pw

24, DART MARINA, Dartmouth, Devon - Sleeps 4
An exceptional 3 storey waterfront property on the River Dart. All rooms are finished to a high standard with solid oak floors and doors and wool carpets in the bedrooms. Dart Marina itself has on-site facilities including a health spa with heated pool, steam room, spa bath, fitness suite and treatment rooms. The development also has two high quality restaurants and Dartmouth too has a wide selection of places to eat.
New Year week, beginning 27 December - £1,149 (before discount)
Weeks beginning 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 January - £551pw

For further details, contact:
Simon Whittam on 01752 823414

Blue Chip Vacations has 480 4 and 5 star rated properties on its books across the West Country.

The company recently won a silver award at the prestigious South West Tourism Excellence Awards in the category of Tourism Website of the Year, and was awarded the silver award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) earlier this year.

By letting a property through an agency such as BCV, owners can benefit from favourable CGT and inheritance tax treatment, as well as the new ‘entrepreneurs relief’ announced last November.


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