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.