Wish you were here! Torbay's the tops for tourism

Mayor opening holiday park extension

Mayor Terry Manning doing the honours - Credit: Submitted

The English Riviera is proving to be the tops for Brits shaking off the pandemic blues and holidaying at home.

More and more people in the tourism and hospitality sector are also investing in their business to capitalise on the boom in the staycation market and give the Riviera a massive vote of confidence.

The latest boost to the local economy is the Haulfryn Group's six-figure investment in its Devon Hills holiday park on the Totnes Road just outside Paignton.

Phase Two of the redevelopment was officially opened with the help of Torbay's recently-elected Civic Mayor Terry Manning.

The latest addition comprises 10 new holiday homes and a mix of single and twin lodges, with prices starting from £140,000 - doubling up on phase one and creating more jobs.

A spokesman said: "This is a significant investment running into hundreds of thousands of pounds."

He said more and more people are actually buying homes at holiday parks after the pandemic - and the summer promises to be a sell-out.

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He said:" The park is expecting to be flat out and full by the summer. It is insane. Bookings have been off the scale."

Haulfryn’s South West Cluster General Manager Kevin Jones said:, “Our Devon Hills park is very popular with tourists from across the country and we’re delighted to be unveiling this next phase of the development which will allow more people to enjoy everything Devon and the Torbay region has to offer."!

Mayor Manning added: “Torbay Council welcomes this significant investment into the region’s economy which will not only create new jobs for local people, but will help to cement the borough’s position as a premier tourist destination in the UK.

“"We are hoping for a bumper year for staycationing with holidays abroad uncertain this year, and I am confident that this new development will help us to keep welcoming new and returning visitors to the region for many years to come.”

Torquay has already been named as Tripadvisor's top UK destination for holiday searches. A national newspaper also gave the resort a rave review with its travel writer describing it as a 'chic, new English Riviera: discovering that kiss-me-quick Torbay is a thing of the past'. "

"English Riviera is all the rage once more," it said with 'Torquay leaping ahead of all UK rivals'.