TTwo of North Wales’ most popular and sought after holiday parks have been nominated and made it to the finals of a prestigious industry awards event.
Marine Holiday Park in Rhyl and Tan Rallt Holiday Home Park and Spa in Abergele – both run by the Williams family – are on the shortlist for the highly acclaimed Go North Wales Tourism Awards, which are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year.
The event, held at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, recognizes the best in the tourism and hospitality industry in the region.
Marine Holiday Park, well known for its work throughout the pandemic supporting hundreds of NHS employees by providing free accommodation and at a time when the park took no income from holidaymakers, is one of three finalists in the Go Resilience & Innovation sector. The park is also a finalist in the Go Holiday Park of the Year category.
Tan Rallt was also named one of the three finalists in the Go Holiday Park of the Year category.
Hundreds of entries have been received for this year’s Go North Wales Tourism Awards, which were unable to take place last year due to the pandemic.
Wyn Williams, general manager and owner of both parks, said: âIt has been a very difficult year for the industry – like many other industries of course – with all of us facing unknown and very dangerous waters. So to be nominated now – and even to reach the final – in these prestigious awards is really something very special.
âThis recognition is an absolute testament to the hard work and commitment – and even the resilience – of the entire team here. Each of them went above and beyond to ensure that we not only got through this extremely difficult time, but were also able to offer our vacationers and vacation home owners the best vacation / vacation. which were both safe and a fun and enjoyable environment.
âWe did what we thought was right in our hearts at the time and when everyone was going through tough times we offered free accommodation to hundreds of NHS workers. We didn’t do it for recognition – I’m a father, husband, and just genuinely wanted to support. You are doing the right thing at that time, even though you are not getting any income from the vacationers, we just felt we had to and wanted to support the amazing work of our nurses and doctors.
âEveryone here is now very moved when we look at what we have been through – and now to be recognized by the best in the industry! ”
Throughout the pandemic, Wyn and her team worked to create a safe environment where people would be allowed to return on vacation as soon as government rules permitted – but at the same time, they tried to balance security. making sure everyone can have the best time possible.
Park owners invested more than Â£ 500,000 in Marine during the lockdown, including developing stylish beach huts where holidaymakers could sit and have a drink – socially distanced and with table service. An outdoor barbecue area, ice cream parlor, new adventure playground and playground have also been developed with the team making sure they spend their time in confinement improving all facilities for customers.
Fast, contactless check-in has also been introduced, allowing customers to check-in from their cars and without having to stand in line.
Meanwhile, at Tan Rallt, a new covered outdoor seating area has been created allowing guests to continue to enjoy the fine cuisine of the park; a new spa therapist has been recruited, pioneering the latest treatments and products available in the beauty industry and all in a virus-protected environment.
On top of that, the parks have a philosophy of always sourcing locally and recruiting a local workforce – something they have continued to honor after the pandemic.