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March 31, 2010 03:00 ET

Cameron in Yes Minister Encounter at Haven Holiday Park

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HERTFORDSHIRE--(Marketwire - March 31, 2010) -

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During a visit to a Haven Holiday park last week David Cameron promised Bourne Leisure bosses that, should the Conservatives win the imminent General Election, he will appoint a senior minister with a brief to watch out for the interests of the UK tourism industry. This promise will please those in the tourist industry who have organised the "Yes Minister" campaign for a senior minister responsible for tourism.

The Conservative leader was visiting Haven Holidays' Devon Cliffs Holiday Park near Exmouth last Thursday as part of the Conservative party's preparations for the election. Cameron's primary purpose in visiting the park was to address and answer questions from Haven guests as part of his pre-election programme of "meet the voters" events, having holidayed in Exmouth himself in 2009.

The "Yes Minister" campaign was initiated by travel trade journal Travel Weekly with the objective of persuading the incoming government to appoint a senior minister to represent the interests of the UK tourist industry. The magazine's editors believe that too many political decisions are taken without considering the needs of tourism, which is a major industry for the country: overseas residents visiting the UK spent over Pounds Sterling 16 billion in 2008, the last full year for which figures are available.

During his time at the Haven Holiday park, David Cameron was challenged by Bourne Leisure managers as to whether he would heed the Yes Minister campaign's calls for a senior government minister who would act as an advocate for the interests of the UK tourist and holiday industry. David Cameron, who hopes to be Prime Minister within the next six weeks, pledged that he would make the ministerial appointment should the electorate send him to Downing Street in May.

Haven Holidays, part of the Bourne Leisure Group, operates thirty-five holiday parks in the UK, and is in the process of spending $40 million upgrading the facilities at its UK holiday parks. Haven is a major provider of UK holidays at its parks, which offer a wide range of activities and entertainment for families. Haven has recently announced offers of short family breaks over Easter from Pounds Sterling 179, and is anticipating that large numbers of British holidaymakers will be holidaying in Britain again this summer.

Commenting on the pledge, Bourne Leisure head of retail sales Allan Lambert commented, "This is fantastic news. It is great to see a potential prime minister not only realising how important the industry is but also pledging to support it. It is great to have an indication from one of the parties that they will do this but whoever gets into government needs to realise just how important this is."

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Haven Holidays is part of Bourne Leisure Ltd who own Warner Leisure Hotels and Butlins Resorts and were awarded Best UK Operator 2009 by Travel Trade Gazette.

Holiday homes are available for sale at 35 Haven parks.

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