Tuesday, 25 January 2011

A helpful way to explore the area…

Time on holiday is short and too valuable to waste on research. So, we asked ourselves, what else can we do to help our holidaymakers plan what to see and do in advance?

Our exciting new ‘explore the area’ map fits the bill!

If you’re looking for lots of ideas, it’s a fast and easy way to see what’s on the doorstep of your holiday home and further afield. If you have a particular interest, say golf or visiting gardens (Trevarno Estate pictured left), you can personalise your search for just those activities.

There’s such a wealth of diverse choice in the West Country. We’ve added all sorts of attractions, from well known family theme parks and historic houses, to lesser known animal sanctuaries you might otherwise overlook (Dartmoor Miniature Pony Centre pictured right). There are activity centres ranging from gentle cycling to adrenalin-fuelled water-sports, and when you need some refreshment, we’ve made some suggestions for places to eat and drink too.

Special events are on the way soon to help you track down those food festivals, sailing regattas and quirky local customs!

To take a look, visit the property details page of any of our 600 holiday cottages featured across Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. Each attraction is plotted on the map with contact details, a brief description and a link to its website so you can easily access extra information.

Holidaymakers aren’t the only ones to benefit. We’re keen to support the South West tourism industry and the map is an ideal way to help promote local businesses, large and small. Over 18,000 holidays were booked with Helpful Holidays last year, so it’s a great opportunity to spread the word and generate new visitors.

There’s also an opportunity for attractions to join the Helpful Holidays Affiliate Scheme and earn revenue from online booking referrals. For more information, please email jane@helpfulholidays.com.

New attractions, activity centres and places to eat and drink are being added all the time, and suggestions for inclusion are welcome via the link beneath the map.

Happy exploring!