After winning a Dragon's Den style competition, a new website has now launched to campsite owners throughout the South West.
Founded by Geoff Vaughan and Rhian Evans, Campingninja.com is a project which will bring opportunities to the camping sector, which have previously not existed, in the form of on-line bookings. 2009 statistics showed "70% of those booking a holiday in the UK choose, and expect to find and book, where they stay on-line", and this percentage is set to increase.
The website, Campingninja.com, has been built to allow campsite owners a new way of attracting on-line customers. Each of the South West's campsites has a dedicated area to promote their surrounding area and campsites will be able to promote local events and activities, consequently helping to extend the tourism season.
Campsites will also be able to champion local suppliers and give great ideas for car free days out from the campsite, aiming to give a boost to local communities and getting visitors to buy local. The site is built to showcase the great work campsites are putting in throughout the region on their green initiatives, as we know that 60% of consumers will now choose a 'greener' option if given a choice. For the first time campers will also be able to search on important things like on site re-cycling, local produce for sale and alternative energy.
Rhian Evans, from Campingninja commented:
"Camping is such a wonderful way to access our country and what it has to offer, but feedback from campers is, unfortunately, about how frustrating it is to try and find a campsite which is right for them, with availability, especially at short notice. It puts them off or they find somewhere unsuitable which is a shame."
Maureen McAllister, Director of South West Tourism commented:
"Campingninja has aligned itself with many of the regional tourism strategy priorities, including sustainability, promoting local produce and green businesses, whilst working towards extending the season. This will ultimately all help to encourage more new visitors and additional holidays around the region and we wish them the best of luck with this new initiative."
Campingninja's service is completely free - there are no registration or annual fees and it works on a commission only basis: 10% taken at the time of booking and the 90% paid directly to the campsite owner on arrival by the camper.
Campsites or other interested local businesses are invited to have a look at the website at: Campingninja.com or contact the campingninja team via: www.campingninja.com/contact
Date added: Wednesday 9th June 2010
Latest updated: Sunday 10th November 2013