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Tuesday 28 April 2009

The Camping and Caravanning Club is now able to offer a free information portal through Site Wi-Fi across its UK Club Sites network.

Powered by Wicoms Ltd, the majority of Club Sites already have wireless broadband (Wi-Fi) installed but by providing multiple services over a single network, the latest move enables the Club to offer valuable information to its members.

This free portal runs alongside Site Wi-Fi and is easily accessible via a laptop or other network devices.

The portal will include region specific weather and travel depending on which Site a member/non-member is logging on from together with educational games for all the family, social-networking, competitions as well as Club functions and services such as SiteSeeker ®.

An online forum which will allow Club members to interact with each other and post Site reviews and share information is also planned.

The Club’s Marketing & Communications Director Matthew Eastlake said: “The Wicoms platform allows us to target our audience in a variety of new and exciting ways.

“We are in the process of developing a community around our members whilst helping to generate a real buzz across the network.

“In time we hope to be able to offer the same kind of entertainment options on holiday as there are at home.

“A lot of our members like to remain in touch even when they are enjoying the outdoor adventure on one of our 109 Club Sites.”

Campers can access the wireless ‘hotspots’ at each Site securely for fees ranging from £7 for a day to £125 for a seasonal pass that covers all Wi-Fi enabled Sites.

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 108-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 109 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 21 Camping and Caravanning and six Cabin Sites.
  2. National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW) was launched in 2001 by The Camping and Caravanning Club and will take place between May 23 and 29 this year. The aim of this week is to raise the profile of camping amongst the general public. Its timing is deliberate to coincide with the Spring Bank Holiday, traditionally one of the busiest camping weeks of the year.
  3. National awards include:
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (Scotland) – Lauder Club Site
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (north-east) – Bellingham Club Site
  • MMM 2009 Camping & Caravanning Site of the Year – Thetford Forest Club Site
  • Loo of the Year 2008, Delamont Country Park Club Site – Winner Holiday Parks category in Northern Ireland
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2008 Gold Award – Charmouth, Glencoe and Trewan Hall Club Sites
  • The Maison de la France Tour Operator Awards for Best Camping/Mobile Home Operator 2008 - Carefree Travel Service
  • Practical Motorhome 2007 Sovereign Awards – Carefree Travel Service awarded Gold Sovereign 
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Milarrochy Bay Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in Scotland
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Kessingland Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in England
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Glencoe Site – Winner Camping and Touring or Static Caravan Sites category in Scotland