Club to Run Forest Holidays Campsites

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The Camping and Caravanning Club has reached an agreement with Forest Holidays to manage its campsites from 2011.

The Camping and Caravanning Club

We believe the time is now right for the Club to manage the campsites, which will leave the Forest Holidays team free to concentrate on its rapidly expanding holiday cabin business.

The Camping and Caravanning Club has reached an agreement with Forest Holidays to manage its campsites from 2011. The Club, which already has 110 Club Sites and almost half-a-million members, will be responsible for running the entire site operations, including reservations.

Forest Holidays currently has 20 picturesque caravan and camping sites on Forestry Commission land in England, Scotland and Wales.

The Club, which holds a majority stake in Forest Holidays in a partnership with the Forestry Commission, has encouraged the company to independently develop both its holiday cabins and campsite businesses.

Director General Robert Louden said: “We believe the time is now right for the Club to manage the campsites, which will leave the Forest Holidays team free to concentrate on its rapidly expanding holiday cabin business.”

As part of the agreement, all campsites will retain the Forest Holidays identity.

Louden added: “We have witnessed fantastic growth in both sides of the Forest Holiday business so it makes sense for The Club to lend its expertise in running campsites while development takes place in the cabin business.”

Gary Fletcher, CEO for Forest Holidays, added: “The Forest Holidays Board has agreed that the time is now right to focus and resource the Cabin business for future growth.

“We have exciting and innovative development plans ahead including the opening of our largest cabin site to date at the Forest of Dean and we are confident that with The Club’s expertise the camping business will continue to be equally successful in the future.”

For further media information or images, please contact:
Forest Holidays – Yasmin Sethna, 020 8630 9487 yasmin(at)voyagerpr(dot)co(dot)uk
CCC - Jon Dale, 024 7647 5204 [email protected]

Editorial Notes:
1.    The Camping and Caravanning Club is 109-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 20 Camping and Caravanning Touring Sites and six Cabin Sites.
2.    http://www.newtocamping.co.uk was launched on Monday, May 18, 2009 and incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.
3.    National awards include:

  •     AA Campsite of the Year Heart of England 2010 – Teversal Club Site
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly Facilities Overall Trophy Winner
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Category National Award Winner (England)
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly National Award Winner (England)
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Attendant Team National Award Winner (Glencoe Club Site – Scotland)
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - ‘Champions League’ – Standards of Excellence
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Teversal Club Site (England)
  •     Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Dunbar Club Site (Scotland)
  •     David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Verwood Club Site (Gold)
  •     David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Inverewe Gardens Club Site (Gold)
  •     David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Horsley Club Site (Silver)
  •     David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Delamont Country Park (Silver)
  •     Which Motorcaravan Site of the Year Runner-Up – Little Trethvas Farm CS
  •     Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (Scotland) – Lauder Club Site
  •     Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (north-east) – Bellingham Club Site
  •     MMM 2009 Camping & Caravanning Site of the Year – Thetford Forest Club Site

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