Pontins unveils £50m expansion and hires 2,000 workers

Holiday camp company Pontin‘s has said it is investing £50m in redeveloping its holiday centres, creating 2,000 new jobs in the process, as more Britons decide to holiday in the UK.
The holiday park operator plans will completely overhaul its centres in Camber Sands, East Sussex, and Southport, Merseyside. It also plans to double the size of its Pakefield Holiday Centre in Lowestoft, Suffolk. The plans come as bookings at both Pontin’s and rival Butlins soar during the economic downturn.

The holiday camp, famous for its Bluecoat entertainers, said bookings for half-term, Easter and the summer were all “significantly up” on a year ago.

Chief executive Ian Smith said: “We are tremendously excited about the investment planned for the development of our holiday centres - and the employment and tourism revenue that will be generated.”

He added: “It is particularly rewarding to be able to announce these plans which will not only generate increased tourism but create over 2,000 new jobs whilst the country is in a recession.”