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BVCD: a great August for Germany, but not enough to compensate for the losses of the first 6 months

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From January to August 2021, the German camping industry recorded around 24.6 million overnight stays, with a decrease of 5.2% compared to the same period of the previous year and a decrease of 16% on 2019. According to the BVCD (Bundesverband der Campingwirtschaft in Deutschland), the Federal Association of the Camping Industry in Germany, the month of August, despite the almost 9.5 million overnight stays which exceed the record by 4% of the previous year, it will not be able to compensate at the level of the annual result for the losses due to Covid-19 and adverse weather conditions.

Most of the overnight stays in August were in the federal states of Bavaria (1,713,061), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (1,643,988) and Schleswig-Holstein (1,428,388). The latter (+16.7%) and Lower Saxony (+16.3%), in particular, benefited from the early opening strategies.

Among the reasons, which led to a further decline in the number of overnight stays compared to 2020, there are the long closure and late opening of the structures, which were allowed to welcome tourists again only in May or June. Furthermore, extreme weather conditions, such as the floods that occurred in mid-July, contributed to a further drop in the number of overnight stays. In particular, Rhineland-Palatinate was affected, which in August recorded a decrease of more than 30% compared to the same month in 2020.

“Overall, the annual result will be around 5-6% worse than the previous year due to the late lifting of the housing ban and weather factors. This trend shows that in Germany the capacities of campsites and rest areas are far from being fully utilized,” says Gunter Riechey, president of the BVCD. “However, the high number of new RV registrations and the number of overnight stays in August show that the trend towards camping continues unabated”.

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