It may not feel much like summer but for local company, Home From Home, holidays are a year-round affair and the boom in visitor numbers flocking to Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower has led to its decision to expand its business.
The Mumbles-based holiday cottage company, the largest in the Swansea Bay region, can announce it has bought Gower Getaways, a smaller concern that was set up six years ago.
The acquisition has added 60 properties to its existing portfolio of 260 privately owned holiday lets set in coastal, rural and urban locations across Mumbles, Gower, Swansea Marina and Llanelli.
“We’ve spent the last 11 years developing the very best in self-catering holidays and with demand rising, this was the right time to acquire Gower Getaways,” explains owner and Managing Director Matthew Bound.
Home From Home was originally set up in 1972 with Matthew and his wife Clare taking over from the previous owners in 2006. It has grown considerably in recent years and now employs a team of 12. The growth has created opportunities for cleaning and maintenance services as well as concierge, cooking and babysitting all of which help enhance the visitor experience.
“The opportunities for growth across the tourism sector look very positive,” says Matthew. “There was a 12% rise in the number of overseas visitors coming to Wales in just the first 9 months of 2016 which was a huge boost to the local economy. And with the value of the pound low, it costs more than ever to travel overseas so it is likely that the UK ‘staycation’ will remain a popular option for Brits.
“We are lucky that year on year, Gower’s beaches win more awards, helping to increase visitor numbers and the area has developed a real buzz. Now, we are about far more than beaches. Holiday makers tell us how much they love visiting historic sites, plus a growing number of attractions that are great for all the family.”