By William Coleman
The “entrepreneurial spirit” of a Wales park-owning family was praised this spring by MP Simon Hart during the celebrations to mark 2019 Wales Tourism Week.
Mr Hart made his comments during a visit to Meadow House Holiday Park in Amroth, Pembrokeshire, which is currently undergoing a multi-million pound makeover.
The MP was invited to preview the developments taking place in the grounds by Huw Pendleton, managing director of family-run Celtic Holiday Parks.
Now marking its 20th year in business, the three-strong Pembrokeshire parks group is owned by Huw Pendleton together with his parents Vic and Ann.
Mr Hart heard how Meadow House, with its dramatic cliff-top setting, will soon be opening a new bar and restaurant plus a guest reception and a holiday home advice centre.
Tourism, said Mr Hart, sustains the local community and accounts for thousands of jobs in the area – and relies for its success on the entrepreneurial spirit of people like the Pendleton family.
During a tour of the park, Huw Pendleton told the MP that his group was immensely proud of its contribution to the thriving tourism industry of Pembrokeshire.
Recent independent economic research on the parks sector, he said, showed that families staying on campsites and holiday parks in Wales are now generating £1.33 billion of annual spending.
The report also showed that parks account for 15% of Wales’s entire tourism income, and are helping to sustain over 24,500 full-time jobs throughout Wales, largely in rural areas.
Mr Pendleton told the South Pembrokeshire MP that the new developments at Meadow House alone are creating six new permanent jobs, bringing the group’s total staffing to over fifty.
He said that everyone in the park was delighted that Simon Hart had taken time out to help mark Wales Tourism Week at Meadow House.
“Mr Hart clearly understands the importance of this region’s visitor industry, and the beneficial effect which it has on the local economy and employment,” he said.
“Pembrokeshire is a sublimely beautiful part of Wales, and a quality destination which attracts guests not just from the UK, but also from overseas.
“Our aim has always been to make our parks a perfect match to our surroundings, and to deliver a first-class holiday experience with the aid of our committed staff team,” added Mr Pendleton.
As well as Meadow House, his group includes Croft Country Park in Narberth and nearby Noble Court Holiday Park where a new £1 million glamping and lodge development recently opened.
Celtic Holiday Parks was last year crowned the best holiday park business in Wales at the National Tourism Awards.
There is more information about Celtic Holiday Parks, and the accommodation and holiday home ownership opportunities provided, at www.celticholidayparks.com