Jobs bonanza as Pontins announces 2,000 new posts as part of £50m expansion plans

Holiday camp chain Pontin’s is bucking the redundancy trend by creating 2,000 new jobs as part of a £50m expansion plan.

The new jobs will be based at the six Pontin’s sites around the UK. As well as the camp’s entertainers – called Bluecoats – the company is hiring more catering and bar staff.

Ocean Parcs – which bought Pontin’s last year – said bookings for half term, Easter and Summer 2009 were “significantly up”.

Oceans Parcs chief executive Ian Smith said: “It is particularly rewarding to be able to announce these plans, which will not only generate increased tourism but will create more than 2,000 new jobs while the country is in a recession.”

Domestic holiday chains are expected to benefit from the recession as people seek more affordable breaks.

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