Newcastle-based Parkdean Resorts hired an extra 1,500 employees as it reopened its resorts in July to cope with a surge in demand for holidays in the UK. It had closed its 67 holiday parks in March, but was able to offer accommodation to NHS staff. The group was formed in 2016 when Parkdean Holidays and Park Resorts merged, and was acquired by Canadian private equity firm Onex Corporation for a reported £1.35bn the following year. It says it sells more than 500,000 holidays each year; sales reached £453.2m in 2019 under chief executive Steve Richards, 52.
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