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Devon’s largest provider of park holidays has welcomed a new survey showing that the county is holding out against fierce competition from foreign destinations.

Park Holidays UK says the findings, revealed in Travel Mole*, a major travel industry publication, will give a big confidence boost to the region’s tourism businesses.

According to the survey, Devon andCornwallare now the only twoUKdestinations which feature in the top five holiday favourites of British families.

Thirty years ago, no overseas destinations appeared in the list of winners which today comprisesSpain,FranceandGreecealong with Devon andCornwall.

The main losers, now edged out of the top five by sunnier competitors, areWalesandScotland.

According to Park Holidays UK director Tony Clish, the survey results mirror his own group’s experience ofDevon’s enduring appeal as a holiday hot-spot:

“Last summer, bookings on our sevenDevonparks were up fourteen percent on the previous year – a remarkable result considering that neither the economy nor the weather were especially kind.

“This year, based on the present booking trends, I think we are likely to trump even those record visitor numbers – so it could be a golden summer forDevon’s tourism economy.

“There is no doubt that the county deserves its place in the top five holiday destinations because it has such a magical mix of natural beauty, a great climate, and a long tradition of hospitality.

“It is sad, of course, to seeWalesandScotlandbeing washed away by Mediterranean competitors, but I think thatDevonneed have no worries on this score.

“Frankly, we offer better beaches, prettier countryside, a bigger range of outdoor activities and more digestible food than many other countries can cook up,” said Tony.

Park Holidays UK’s seven holiday parks inDevon are based in Brixham, Paignton, Dawlish and Dawlish Warren – and are the largest providers of park-based accommodation in the county.

More information about summer holidays and early-booking deals in Devoncan be found at www.ParkHolidays.com, or call 0845 815 9797 for a brochure.

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*Note to editors

The results of the survey, conducted by Teletext Holidays, were published in Travel Mole – one of the world’s largest travel trade publications – and can be seen here: http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=1150922

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