Searles Leisure Resort Wins Best Holiday Park/Village at the EDP/VisitNorfolk Tourism Awards 2014

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Searles Leisure Resort in Hunstanton has won ‘Best Holiday Park/Village’ at the ‘EDP Visit Norfolk Tourism Awards’. Searles welcomed over 60,000 visitors in 2014, of which 80% were returning customers. Some guests have been holidaying at the resort for more than 50 years.

Now in its 10th year, the awards showcase the businesses thriving within Norfolk’s biggest industry sector, tourism, which according to is worth £2.8 billion and employs over 54,000 people across the county.

Searles Leisure Resort were one of 36 companies and holiday parks who attended the black tie event on the 27th November, hoping to win one of the 12 awards.

Managing Director Paul Searle and his wife Vicky, company secretary, collected the award on behalf of the Searle family. Paul Searle said: “We are thrilled to receive the award. It is recognition of all the hard work put in by the staff, and demonstrates that we are never complacent about focusing on improvements and the service we provide to our customers. Our regular customer feedback and annual park reviews are carefully considered and action is taken to ensure that customers opinions make a difference’’.

Searles Leisure Resort can add this award to their 2014 collection, including their 16th Gold Award from the David Bellamy Conservation Project and a ‘Thriving’ Level 4 achievement presented by the Royal Horticultural Society & Anglia in Bloom committee. Searles were further rewarded for their contributions to the regional In Bloom Awards when Hunstanton was crowned the best small coastal town (with a population up to 12,000) in the whole of the UK for 2014. The resort recently received a 90% grading in the AA Tourism inspection report and The Visit England/ Quality in Tourism inspection during the height of the summer also reconfirmed their Five Star rating.

In an area of outstanding natural beauty, Searles is a retreat for over 350 holiday home owners and a magnet for holiday makers, not only through the summer months, but throughout the entire year for themed break festive weekends and caravan rallies. Music weekends, such as the ‘Sunny Hunny Soul Weekend’, attract over 2000 people to the resort in the middle of November.

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