1988 Butlins

butlinsBetween 1936 and 1966, ten camps were built, including one in Ireland and one in The Bahamas. In the 1970s and 1980s Butlins also operated numerous large hotels including one in Spain, a number of smaller holiday parks in England and France, and a revolving restaurant in the Post Office Tower in London.

Tough competition from overseas package holiday operators, rising operational costs, and rapidly changing demand forced many of these to close in the 1980s and 1990s. Three of the original camps remain open under the Butlins’ brand in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness. They are now owned and run by Butlins Skyline Ltd a subsidiary company of Bourne Leisure Ltd which also operates other leisure brands in the UK including Warner Leisure Hotels and Haven Holidays.

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1985 Thomas Cook Holidays

Thomas Cook Group plc is a British global online/offline travel company created on 19 June 2007 by the merger of Thomas Cook AG and MyTravel Group plc. At flotation on the London Stock Exchange 52% of the shares in the new company were held by the German mail order and department store corporation Arcandor (former owners of Thomas Cook AG) and 48% owned by the shareholders of MyTravel. On 9 June 2009 Arcandor filed for bankruptcy.  The merger, which was backed by 99.9% of shareholders, took place through the formation of ‘NewCo’ which effectively purchased MyTravel and Thomas Cook and was then listed on the London Stock Exchange under the name of Thomas Cook Group plc (LSE: TCG).  It is a constituent of the FTSE SmallCap Index.

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Butlins

Butlins promotion advert from the 80’s

Butlin’s Holiday Camps, presently known by the (non-possessive) trademark Butlins, were founded by (later Sir) Billy Butlin to provide economical holidays in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Between 1936 and 1966, nine camps were built. Three resorts remain in use by the Butlins company today in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness. The sites are now owned by Bourne Leisure which operate other leisure brands in the UK including Warner and Haven.

Butlins is noted for the famous “Redcoats” who provide entertainment and organisation at every level

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