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Issue Date:- 3 February 2009


OCEAN Parcs, owner of Pontin’s Ltd. on Tuesday, 3 February 2009, announced plans to invest £50 million in developing and refurbishing its holiday centres.

• Initially the existing substantial entertainment, catering and bar facilities will be refurbished

• Holiday Centres at Brean Sands and Prestatyn Sands will be completely refurbished with the next generation of guest accommodation

• Holiday Centres at Camber Sands and Southport will be completely re-designed and re-built.

• The Pakefield Holiday Centre near Lowestoft will double the size and capacity of the centre

• Over 2000 new jobs will be created

• 2009 key Half Term, Easter and Summer Bookings significantly up

Ian Smith, Chief Executive of Ocean Parcs and Pontins commented:- “We are tremendously excited about the investment planned for the development of our Pontin’s Holiday Centres and the employment and tourism revenue that will be generated by this substantial investment. It is particularly rewarding to be able to announce these plans which will not only generate increased tourism but create over 2000 new jobs whilst the country is in a recession. Our total development costs will exceed £50 million.”

Initially all the entertainment, catering and bar facilities will be refurbished and redesigned. This will co incide with the launch of a re-styled entertainment programme coupled with a substantially enhanced food and beverage offer aimed at satisfying all tastes and budgets.

The holiday Centres at Brean Sands and Prestatyn Sands will, subject to planning approvals, see a complete renewal of the accommodation facilities and re-furbishment of the retail, entertainment, restaurant and bar facilities.

Following the initial programme of works the Holiday Centres at Camber Sands and Southport (Ainsdale-on-sea) will, subject to planning approval, be re-developed with our vision for the future of integrated Holiday Centres. Ian Smith said that:- “As I was born and raised in Southport the Ainsdale-on-Sea development is particularly exciting to me. The potential is enormous. However; we have much work to do, as the holiday centre borders an SSSI (Site of special spcientific interest). Although the existing site is just 30 acres of tarmac and concrete the surrounding area is home to important fiora and fauna which we will ensure is not adversely affected in any way by our future development plans.”

Clarke Osborne, Property Director commented:- “We have been working on our next generation of Holiday Centres for over 9 months and I think that the results of this careful design strategy will be very well received by both our extensive and loyal customer base and new customers that are joining us each year. We have commenced dialogue with some of our local councils, business leaders and planners and received encouraging responses. This dialogue will be extended to all our Holiday Centres as it our intention to submit proposals for planning permission during the year."

"It is particularly pleasing to note that due to a significant increase in bookings for this year, a number of our Holiday Centres are already showing only limited availability for the key half term, Easter and Summer holiday periods.  I have no doubt this is due to the outstanding value for money offer enhanced in all areas this year including nationally and internationally renowned entertainment acts.”
Ian Smith added.


LIVERPOOL'S Albert Dock will become a hive of activity this summer as kids and adults alike swarm to a unique new attraction, the BugWorld Experience.

Set to open in June 2009, the BugWorld Experience is the first of its kind in the UK. It will show visitors the world through a bug’s eyes, testing their bravery, wit and skill with interactive challenges and games along the way. Guided through simulated environments from a rainforest to a savannah to the everyday British home, visitors will see, find out about and even interact with the bugs that inhabit each.

As well as getting the chance to handle bugs like the giant hissing cockroach, those that like their day out with a sting in the tail can head to the BugWorld Experience Base Camp, to sample insect food delicacies from around the world, including chilli locusts, meal worm pancakes and oven baked tarantula!

“There’ll be a real buzz around the place, and that’s not just the Panamanian paper wasps! In all seriousness, this is a must for all budding scientists, adventurers and travellers. Nowhere else in Britain could they get up close and personal to insects and bugs like this in a fun and educational way.”
says the BugWorld Experience general manager Jenny Dobson.

A number of endangered species will become residents of the BugWorld Experience, where the bug experts are committed to helping maintain and boost their populations through conservation, education and carefully planned breeding programmes.

The BugWorld Experience will open to the public in early June 2009. Adult ticket prices will be under £10 with concessions for children, seniors and groups. More information will be released shortly.

Visitors will love these bugs which are not to be missed:-

► Preying mantis
► Death stalker scorpion
► Red spotted assassin bug
► Giant centipede
► Mexican red knee tarantula
► The critically endangered Partula Snail, which is extinct in the wild

Fast facts about bugs...

► A leaf cutter ant can lift 20 times its own body weight. This is the equivalent of the world’s strongest man, Mariusz Pudzianowski, lifting an elephant, or the average British man lifting a car.

‘Mantis’, as in preying mantis, comes from an ancient Greek word for ‘prophet’.

► When a millipede wants to attract a female, it ripples its legs in a particular way. It’s the bug way to shake your

► Scorpions, like British holidaymakers, can’t survive in the midday sun.

► The leech has 32 brains. Obviously sucking blood requires a lot of thought.

·► Dung beetles can be handy housekeepers... They were imported into Australia to clean up all the sheep and cattle dung.

► Adult dung beetles drink the juice they squeeze out of dung. Yum!

► Courting scorpions dance in circles, claw in claw.

► Fregate beetles give off a smelly defence chemical which stains human skin purple.

► Some cockroaches can survive on the glue on the back of postage stamps.

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