Lots of travel and talking over the last 10 days
Following the BH&HPA Management in London I was asked to represent EFCO at a meeting in Brussels together with other associations involved with tourism in Europe – the main agenda item was the proposed European Quality Label
After the meeting we had a quick lunch in the Grand Place in the centre of the City before taking train back to London and on to Dorset.
I still admire the engineering achievement of the tunnel and the train journeys taking 6.5 hours from Brussels to Dorchester is far better than waiting in airports
On Saturday 19 September, I was persuaded by Roger Snook to take our Fire Engine (normally on display in the Bar) down to Bridport for the Hat Festival and our display of fire helmets created quite a lot of interest.
It was the first time that the fire engine has been seen in the town since 1996 and we were very excited as we made our way down the hill carefully testing the brakes every few metres. Ken Northover, who can be seen in the picture, soon heard that JT 5199 was out and about and could not resist coming around and seeing the engine that he used to drive to fires in the 1960s. It was a good day for us until we had to drive home in the rain!!
Over the last 6 days, Vanessa and I have been visiting Venice which enable us to have a couple of days at leisure and I attended the General Meeting of EFCO over two days with a full agenda looking at the various directives which are or may have an impact on the holiday park sector across Europe.
We also heard a presentation about a new initiative which brings together three of the leading camping cards – camping key europe
It was our first visit to Venice and we spent some time admiring the many wonderful buildings and sights.Of course, we enjoyed a delightful range of food and wine with our colleagues which also gave us the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas and practices. We stayed on the Union Lido Holiday Park opposite Venice – have a look at the website if you fancy a trip next summer.
Peak season over….
We are now in the first week of the autumn period and the weather is changing. However, bookings are fairly good for the time of year especially over the weekends when many couples and families love to walk the coastline during this quieter period. The sunsets are great and, even if the weather is unpredictable, you cannot beat the views from the coastal footpath.
September is always a busy month for me with my involvement with our trade association. Today I returned from a 36 hour visited to Paris where I attended the EFCO management meeting and it was interesting to talk to my European colleagues about the various issues which are affecting all of us and the economic climate continues to be the main topic over dinner.
Whatever the problems, it is good to hear that holiday parks throughout Europe are continuing to provide excellent holiday destinations.
My photo is a reminder that the August bank holiday was only 10 days ago.
Busy day in the office tomorrow catching up with the emails and the paperwork…………..after watching the first England game in NZ.
A fews ago I had to take a vehicle to a garage in Exeter so I decided to return on X53 – the Jurassic Coast bus which travels from Exeter to Poole a key tourist route developed by Devon and Dorset County Councils over the last ten years.
The route is now well established and has become very well used by locals and visitors to the Jurassic Coast.
I have heard many people talking about the experience so I decided that I would return to Chideock on the X53. I was lucky and managed to get the front seat on the top deck of the bright red double decker. What a view! We left Exeter and joined the coast road and it was great looking over the hedges when the higher hedges were not scrapping along the side of the bus….we passed Crealy on of the top tourist attractions followed by the very popular and famous donkey sanctuary.
It was good to see the range of farming activities including the many pig farms. The narrow lanes down to Beer really tested the skill of the driver. My photo shows the main street of Lyme Regis