Owners of top quality caravan parks in Mid Wales who have invested millions of pounds into making them some of the best in the UK have been congratulated for exceptional five star grading results again this year.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates and Tony Bywater, chairman of leading caravan dealership Salop Leisure, which has sales centres in Shrewsbury, Machynlleth and Stourport-on-Severn, both praised the parks for maintaining exceptional standards.
Their hard work has been recognised with 33 five star gradings from Visit Wales, the tourism arm of the Welsh Government, which runs the rule over the parks. Thirteen of the parks are in Powys, 11 in Meirionnydd or South Gwynedd and eight in Ceredigion and one in Carmarthenshire.
Mr Skates said: Mr Skates said: “We need high standard facilities in Wales in order to attract visitors to Wales and entice them back time and again. With their five star ratings, the quality of the caravan parks in Mid Wales can compete with anywhere in the UK.
“Our figures indicate that 2016 has been another great year for tourism in Wales, following two record breaking years. There has been a growth of 15% in international tourism visits during the first six months of 2016 and occupancy levels have been maintained or increased across most sectors. Some 85% of businesses reported that they are confident about this year. We now look forward to working with the industry on the Year of Legends in 2017.”
Salop Leisure supplies caravans to many of the five star parks in Mid Wales, which not only attract thousands of tourists to the region but also promote a positive image of caravanning, says Mr Bywater. Eight of the Mid Wales caravan parks that he and his company owns have all received five star gradings.
“Mid Wales is renowned for having fantastic caravan parks that offer great value for money compared to other parts of the UK,” he added. “Great credit is due to the park owners and managers for continuing to raise their quality standard year after year.
“This year’s outstanding gradings in Mid Wales show that the industry is not resting on its laurels but continuing to invest in quality for the future.
“Discerning holiday home owners from North West England, The Potteries, West Midlands, Shropshire and South Wales regularly tell us that they really appreciate the quality and spectacular scenery offered by caravan parks in Mid Wales. They demand home from home luxury and that’s exactly what they get.”
Val Hawkins, chief executive of MWT, the independent organisation representing tourism and hospitality businesses in Mid Wales, congratulated all the parks for consistently high standards, adding that their grading success was richly deserved.
“We are fortunate in Mid Wales to have some of the finest caravan parks in the UK and they account for one third of the visitor economy of the region,” she said.
The five star parks are: Ceredigion: Aeron Coast Caravan Park, Aberaeron; Bardsey View Holiday Park, Mydroilyn, Lampeter; Cardigan Bay Holiday Park, Poppit Sands, St Dogmaels, Cardigan; Green Meadow Holiday Home Park, Clarach Bay, Aberystwyth; Gwel y Cwm Caravan Park, New Quay; Ocean Heights Leisure Park, Maenygroes, New Quay; Pencnwc Holiday Park, Cross Inn, Llandysul; Woodland Hideaway Park, Glynarthen, Llandysul;. Carmarthenshire: Cenarth Falls Holiday Park, Cenarth, Newcastle Emlyn.
Meirionnydd: Bala Caravan Park, Plas Moel Garnedd, Llanycil, Bala; Gwynedd Holiday Home Park, Tywyn; Hendre Mynach Caravan Park, Barmouth; Islawrffordd Caravan Park, Talybont, Barmouth; Llandanwg Holiday Home Park, Llandanwg, Harlech; Min- y- Don Holiday Home and Touring Park, Harlech; Pale Wood Holiday Park, Llandderfel, Bala; Rowen Caravan Park, Talybont, Barmouth; Trawsdir Camping Park, Llanaber, Barmouth; Parc Gwyliau Pen y Garth Lodge Park, Llandderfel, Bala and Castle View Holiday Park, Harlech.
Powys: Bishops Meadow Caravan Park, Brecon; Dolgead Hall Caravan Park, Llanfair Caereinion; Gwernydd Hall Holiday Home Park, New Mills, Newtown; Hidden Valley Caravan Park, Maesmawr, Guilsfield; Maesperthi Holiday Park, Penegoes, Machynlleth; Morben Isaf Holiday and Touring Park, Derwenlas, Machynlleth; Pencelli Castle Caravan and Camping Park, Pencelli, Brecon; Rhyd-y-Groes Caravan and Camping Park, Marton, Welshpool; Seven Oaks Holiday Home Park, Crew Green, near Welshpool; Smithy Caravan Park, Abermule, near Montgomery; Derwen Mill Holiday Park, Guilsfield; Red Kite Touring Park, Llanidloes and Clywedog Caravan Park, Llanidloes.