Holiday camps suffered badly from cheap package deals.
By the 1980’s they were hosting half as many holiday makers as they had in 1939.
These are a few things that happened to gain holiday makers attention:
Butlins – opened themed ‘worlds’ like Somerwest World at Minehead or Starcoast World at Pwllheli.
Centre parcs – instead of competing with beach holidays abroad, they held indoor activities that couldn’t be affect by British weather.
Seaside resorts – Swansea Leisure Centre & Rhyl Sun Centre had indoor beaches, wave machines & tropical temperatures.
Seaside resorts – started to clean their environment especially water & sand.
Beaches – Pembrey in West Wales regularly win awards for cleanliness.
Wales – has three national Parks – the Pembrokeshire Coast, the Brecon Beacons & Snowdonia.
National Parks – offer range of holiday experiences – farm breaks, pony-trekking, climbing and canoeing.
Nature trails & country parks – come up in many areas of England & Wales.
Welsh examples – Forest centre at Garwnant in Brecon Beacons & Porthkerry Park near Barry.
Heritage – using history & historical sites to attract visitors - is becoming big business.
Historic attractions – open air museums like St Fagans, Ironbridge & Beamish have been particularly successful.
1969 – 1st theme park Thorpe Park.
1992 – Total attendance at theme parks like Alton Towers, Drayton Manor & Oakwood had over 8 million. These theme parks have to compete against each other.
1999 - 25½ million visitors came to the UK in & estimates suggest that total tourism expenditure was around £61 billion.
Employment in tourism - was nearly 1.8 million people.
1999 over sea visitors - spent over £13 billion in the UK (slight fall from 1998).
1999 Expenditure by domestic tourists (people who spent 1 night away from home) – estimated £16 billion. This was a 14% rise on the £14 billion spent in 1998.
1997 - The Government has undertaken a wide-ranging...