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dinsdag 26 juli 2016

Summer Food Fun op Center Parcs Bostalsee

Waar op de Nederlandse en Belgische parken sprake is van Summerfestival, is er op Park Bostalsee spraken van Summer Food Fun.

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maandag 25 juli 2016

Summerfestival bij Center Parcs

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Net als vorig jaar is er ook dit jaar weer Summerfestival op de Nederlandse en Belgische parken van Center Parcs. 


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zondag 24 juli 2016

Natuurgeheimen: Bestaan er ook dierenkoningen en -koninginnen?


zaterdag 23 juli 2016

Pierre et Vacances-Center Parcs: Revenue for the Third Quarter of 2015/2016

PIERRE ET VACANCES (Paris:VAC):

1] Main events

First bond issue on the European private placement market

After the €200 million bank refinancing operation undertaken on 14 March 2016, the Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Group has launched a bond issue in the form of a non-listed Euro PP private placement. The €60 million bond issue is due to mature in December 2022, has a 4.25% coupon and is destined for French institutional investors. Settlement and delivery is scheduled for 19 July 2016.

The placement was managed jointly by BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Natixis as lead arrangers.

The Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Group has therefore obtained fresh financial means for stepping up its development and growth strategy. The operation also enables the Group to optimise its financial structure by staggering its debt payments and diversifying its financing sources.

Progress of projects under the framework of the partnership with HNA Tourism Group

On 4 July 2016, Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs and HNA Tourism Group signed letters of intent to acquire three plots of land located in Jixian, Xiangcheng District and Pinghu, on which tourism resorts inspired by the Center Parcs concept are to be developed.

At the same time, the two groups signed a memorandum of understanding for distribution and marketing of the Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs European tourism offering in China. In partnership with HNA CAISSA Touristic (network of travel agencies) and Tuniu.com (online tourism distribution platform), subsidiaries of HNA Group, 15 French Pierre & Vacances, Center Parcs and Adagio sites are to be marketed to Chinese tourists.

These agreements come under the framework of the strategic partnership signed in November 2015 between Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs and HNA Tourism and testify to the dynamic collaboration between the two groups.

2] Q3 2015/2016 revenue

The revenue and financial indicators commented on in this press release stem from operating reporting with the presentation of joint-ventures under proportional consolidation.

Euro millions 2015/2016 2014/2015 Evolutions Evolutions 
on a like-for-like basis(*)
Tourism                  278.4 272.9 +2.0%
- Pierre & Vacances Tourisme 124.3 127.3 -2.4%
- Center Parcs Europe 154.1 145.6 +5.8%
   
o/w accommodation turnover 182.4 178.9 +2.0% +4.5%
- Pierre & Vacances Tourisme 82.5 86.2 -4.4% +0.3%
- Center Parcs Europe 99.9 92.6 +7.8% +8.5%

Property development 62.7 41.9 +49.6%
 
Total Q3   341.1 314.8 +8.3%
Tourism 800.1 749.1 +6.8%
- Pierre & Vacances Tourisme 375.6 371.1 +1.2%
- Center Parcs Europe 424.5 378.0 +12.3%
   
o/w accommodation turnover 521.5 490.1 +6.4% +3.1%
- Pierre & Vacances Tourisme 247.0 250.1 -1.2% +1.3%
- Center Parcs Europe 274.5 240.0 +14.4% +4.9%

Property development 126.5 216.4 -41.6%
 
Total 9 months          926.6 965.5 -4.0%

Bron en hele artikel: Business Wire

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Get the low-down on the latest summer fashion at Center Parcs

Finally summer has arrived and the mini heatwave has got us searching the back of our wardrobes and the bottom of our drawers, for those summer essentials that have been hiding away. This means it’s time to give our summer wardrobe a bit of affection. So if you’re wondering where you can get the latest summer trends whilst on your break; take a look at the range of brands we have available at our Center Parcs Village stores.

Time for Shade

If it’s luxury brands you desire, then look no further than Time for Shade! Big brands such as Ray-Ban, Sekonda, DKNY, and Citizen grace our shelves alongside newer brands such as Revo. So this summer head down to Time for Shade to get your perfect pair of sunglasses.

Ray-Ban is known worldwide for its fashionable and unique design of sunglasses and it is the go-to brand for the latest, on-trend pair of sunnies. From aviators to wayfarers, Ray-Ban offers outstanding quality, comfort and style, so be sure to check out the classic range of Ray-Bans at Time for Shade.

If you’re looking for a pair of sunglasses that are diverse and designed for all environments, then look no further than one of Time for Shade’s newer brands, Revo. They are a leader in polarized lenses and use technology originally developed by NASA to create stunning quality sunglasses, so it’s no surprise that they are on our shelves at Time for Shade.

Spirit

With an exciting range of brands at Spirit, we’re looking forward to all the summer collections for both men and women! With brands such as Crew, Fat Face and Joules, Spirit is the perfect place for that ultimate summer shopping spree.

Inspired by the simplicity of English coastal clothing, Crew is one clothing range that is perfect for those relaxing days under the summer sun. The latest summer range captures the coastal inspiration and is teamed together with seasonal pieces to create a collection of timeless summer classics. Browse a collection of light-weight, cotton t-shirts and polo shirts for a flawless summer wardrobe.

Fat Face is perfect for dressing up or down during your days at Center Parcs. A clothing range created to reflect the active lifestyles of their customers, Fat Face clothing makes a perfect purchase whilst being active on your break. With original prints teamed with summer classics, the summer range from Fat Face is one to browse for those staple summer items.

Joules is a British lifestyle brand that encompasses values of family, fun and spending time-off outdoors, fitting perfectly into our Center Parcs ethos! For the Joules summer range, shop their well-known classics such as their nautical inspired Harbour tops to their colourful selection of waterproof parkas.

 

Aquatique

Get ready to hit the beach or the Subtropical Swimming Paradise with the latest summer swim trends at Aquatique. Alongside brands such as Speedo, Esprit and Fat Face, Aquatique stocks an exciting new range of Havaianas.

With the summer of sport just around the corner, Havaianas has launched a Rio inspired range of flip flops! In the new collection, there are four models which are all inspired by famous Rio landscapes. A mixture of vibrant colours make up the new collection of flip flops, making them a perfect purchase to get all the family geared up for an exciting summer of sport.

Want to find out more? Take a look at our range of shops across all of our Villages.

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vrijdag 22 juli 2016

Natuurgeheimen: Waarom praten papegaaien?


Grab a Gelato from Bella Italia

One of the best parts about taking a short break is it becomes acceptable to stop for an ice cream at all times of day, every day, whatever the weather.

Now you can grab a cone or cup of delicious gelato to go from the fancy new Gelato Cart at Bella Italia when you’re visiting Whinfell, Sherwood, Elveden or Longleat Forest.

Bella Italia serve up traditional Calabrian gelato sourced from a family-run gelataria in Pizzo. There are all sorts of flavours – from your traditional strawberry, chocolate and vanilla to honeycomb, tiramisu, hazelnut and cocotella. Make it your own by topping with anything from sprinkles and crushed meringue to popping candy and chocolate tagliatelle!

After this sweltering week, we’re dreaming of a scoop of sweet raspberry sorbet drizzled with that incredible Limoncello sauce…

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Pokémon Go at Center Parcs

There have always been creatures rustling in the bushes at Center Parcs. But over the past few days, there’s been more talk of Squirtles than squirrels, more Rattatas than rabbits (more Butterfrees than butterflies, more Gyrados than geese – we could do this all day. But we won’t).

The Pokémon Go craze that’s sweeping the world has made it to our Villages, and while we’re still not 100% sure what we’re doing (we’re old enough to have played Pokémon the first time round, after all), we have to admit it’s been pretty fun.

Finally there’s a smartphone game crazy that families can play together, that pushes you outside and encourages you to explore your environment. We’re on board.

It turns out, our natural eco-diversity makes us a Pokémon Go haven! With hundreds of acres of forest, wild meadow, streams, lakes and beach, we’re overrun with the little pocket monsters.

So if you’re joining us soon and are yet to catch them all, here are some of our tips…

Go green for grass types

Get right into the forest for a veritable riot of grass type Pokémon. You’ll find plenty of Weedles without straying too far from the path, but you’ll need to really start exploring if you want to catch a Vileplume. Grab a map from Guest Services and start hunting!

There’s more than (Magi)carp in the lake

Unsurprisingly, water type Pokémon hang out by our lakes, ponds and streams. Though we’ve also found a fair few Magikarp floundering in the Village Square. Rumours of a Blastoise hiding in the Cascades at Longleat Forest remain unconfirmed…

Walk it off

Have an egg you need to hatch and want to hit that elusive 10km incubation distance? Well, you’re in luck because we have miles of woodland trails for you to explore in the sunshine while that egg takes its time. Fingers crossed for something cool like a Cubone or an Alakazam or really anything except another Eevee.

Pull out all the stops

There are Pokéstops all over the shop at Center Parcs because we have ‘points of interest’ everywhere you look. Signs, sculptures and bridges are all good bets for a cache of Pokéballs and potions. The ‘sleeping moon’ at Sherwood Forest is our favourite so far – if you can find it.

Hit the gym

Oh, we have gyms alright. We aren’t going to give anything away but while you’re choosing your bike at Woburn Forest or picking up some shopping at Sherwood Forest, you could take some time out for a battle or two. Team Mystic…?

Stay smart

Ok, here it is: please don’t cross the roads without looking, wander too far away from marked paths or get too close to edges of lakes (you don’t want to end up in one of those articles about the stupidest Pokémon Go accidents). And please don’t interrupt other guests’ activities, no matter how rare the spot. We know you wouldn’t anyway.

So there you have it – I bet you never thought you’d read an article about Pokémon at Center Parcs. We certainly didn’t think we’d write one! But if you need 68 Pidgeys and three dozen Magikarp, you know where to come.

What have you found on our Villages? Share your screenshots, best catches and insider tips below.

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donderdag 21 juli 2016

We’re launching The UK’s Top Treehouse competition

Growing up, many of my favourite family moments involved my family and I spending time together exploring the outdoors.

Today, it seems most of our time is otherwise ruled by the strains of work and school, while children are now growing up in a generation obsessed by electronics. But is this really what children enjoy?

In a recent survey conducted by Mortar, it was revealed that 58% of children would rather have a treehouse than the latest game console. However, just 10% of children today have their very own house within the treetops, compared to 25% of their parents who grew up with one. This shows a 15% drop in children growing up with a treehouse in just one generation.

Top 10 ‘most epic’ things a parent can do for their child

  1. Build a treehouse with them – 42%
  2. Build a den with them – 35%
  3. Play a game with them outside – 35%
  4. Read them a story – 33%
  5. Watch favourite film or tv programme together – 33%
  6. Go swimming together – 33%
  7. Play computer game together – 28%
  8. Bake them a cake – 22%
  9. Teach them to climb a tree – 19%
  10. Know all the words to their favourite song so they can sing along – 14%

Here at Center Parcs, we aim to bring families together in an environment that allows you to create your very own family adventure. Looking at the ‘epic’ list, did you know you can try Den Building and Decorating, enjoy Tree Climbing and swim to your heart’s content – all on a Center Parcs break?

The competition

Following the research, and to celebrate the arrival of our four new Treehouses at Center Parcs Elveden Forest, we’re excited to launch a nationwide search to find The UK’s Top Treehouse, with wildlife presenter Steve Backshall joining our Center Parcs panel of judges to select the best.

The family with the winning entry will receive a short break in a Center Parcs luxury Treehouse. Our Treehouses are suitable for up to eight guests, feature four luxurious bedrooms, a hot tub and a games den. What better place to spend time together as a family?

CEO of Center Parcs, Martin Dalby said: “It’s great to see that children are still excited about being outdoors and would love to build a treehouse with their parents. What better way to mark the arrival of our new Treehouses in Elveden Forest, than by finding a family who has built the UK’s Top Treehouse?”

How to enter

This means we need you to grab your camera and get creative! If you think you could be the winner, then get in the garden and post a photo of you and your treehouse onto Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag, #UKTopTreehouse before midnight on Wednesday 3rd August. View the full terms and conditions here.

The new Elveden Forest Treehouses are available to book now.

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First look at Mini Captains’ Adventure in action

Mini Captains’ Adventure is up and running at Elveden Forest. If you haven’t heard about our adorable new water-based activity yet, here’s everything you need to know.

What’s it all about?

  • Mini Captains’ Adventure is a new and unique activity for a little one aged three or over and a parent
  • It’s available at Elveden Forest now
  • You’ll find it at the Boathouse

So what’s involved?

You’ll learn the ways of the water before heading out to conquer the lake. But first things first: you need to look the part…

After donning a tiny captain’s hat, your little one will be shown by one of our instructors how to salute the other captains and how to talk on a radio. You’ll learn your port from your starboard and your ‘over’ from your ‘out’.

Then it’s time to start your voyage in one of our bespoke, tiny trawlers. These adorable boats have been designed by the Center Parcs team and are perfect for little hands to steer. Both kitted out in very fetching buoyancy aids, you’ll be helped into one of the colourful boats and handed a map.

Now it’s up to you, as First Mate, and your Mini Captain to make your way around the lake, finding every buoy on your map as you go. Each one will have an answer you need to fill in your activity sheet. Once it’s completed, head back to the jetty and see if you’re the first crew back on dry land!

If you think your little one would have a splashing good time at Mini Captains’ Adventure, it’s available to book now.

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