Camping increasingly popular in Germany
Camping holidays in Germany are more popular than ever: In the first seven months of the current year, the German camping industry recorded an increase in overnight accommodation of 10.6 percent and a total of around 20 million overnight stays compared to the record year of 2017 according to the latest figures from the Federal Statistical Office.
Camping in Germany is popular with both domestic guests and guests from abroad. Growth rates of 10.2% and 12.9%, respectively, were recorded for overnight stays. The most important foreign source market remains the Netherlands with approx. 1.3 million overnight stays, which corresponds to an increase of 11.3 percent. The second most important foreign source market, Switzerland, recorded an increase of 26 percent and a total result of 450,000 overnight stays.
The federal states of Brandenburg (+18.6%), Schleswig-Holstein (+18%) and Saxony-Anhalt (+17%) recorded particularly large increases in overnight stays. It is extremely positive to note that in all federal states growth in the number of overnight stays could be recorded. Bavaria remains number one in Bavaria with 3.4 million overnight stays, followed by Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with 3 million overnight stays and Lower Saxony with 2.8 million overnight stays.
According to a recent seasonal survey conducted by the Federal Association of Camping Industry in Germany (BVCD), about two-thirds of campsites expect an increase in overnight stays of up to 10% and a tenth of a plus of over 10 percent in the second half of the year.
Dr. Gunter Riechey, President of the Federal Association of Camping Industry in Germany e. V., is pleased about the positive seasonal development and forecasts an annual growth of 10 percent in the number of overnight stays. Nevertheless, he points out that one should not rest on the successes of recent years: "Camping means innovation as a particularly natural holiday form and experience. The campsites in Germany must not stop developing and orientate themselves on new holiday trends and openly face issues such as digitization. Also modern and exceptional accommodation offers, such. Mobile homes as rental accommodations could make the decisive difference between success and failure in the future. "Here, however, the industry laments the faltering expansion of the fast Internet in rural areas, the lack of flexibility in the working hours legislation to meet the requirements of a guest-oriented tourism and to a large extent outdated camping and weekly regulations in the individual federal states.
Source: Federal Statistical Office, Monthly survey in tourism - July 2018 and own industry surveys by the BVCD