Caravanning in Germany

Caravanning is more popular in Germany than ever before. This is shown by the strong growth in demand for new and used motor caravans and caravans over the years.

Holidaymakers with motor caravans, caravans and tents generate 14.0 billion euros in sales for the German economy.
Economic Factor Camping and motor caravan tourism in Germany 2018 (Update 2019)

The updated study of the German Economic Institute for Tourism at the University of Munich (dwif) again proves the economic relevance and excellent development of camping and caravanning tourism in Germany. Last year, there were 50.5 million overnight stays on German campsites and a further 15.5 million on motor caravan sites.

In addition, motor caravan owners made 16.5 million day trips and 57.5 million days’ stay by permanent campers were counted in Germany. The result: holidaymakers travelling to Germany with a motor caravan, caravan or tent brought the German economy a turnover of 14 billion euros through their consumption during the 2018 holidays. This is a significant increase of 11.5 percent compared to 2016.

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Economic factor camping site 2018 A dwif study on camping site and motor caravan tourism as economic factor (only available in German) DOWNLOAD
Economic Factor Camping and motor caravan tourism in Germany (2016/2017)

A study initiated by the CIVD and carried out by the German Institute of Economics for Tourism (dwif) at the University of Munich, Germany, has proven the economic importance of camping and caravanning tourism in Germany. According to the study, holidaymakers with motor caravans, caravans or tents brought the domestic economy a total turnover of 12.6 billion euros in 2016.

Caravanning is more popular in Germany than ever before. This is demonstrated by the strong growth in demand for new and used motor caravans and caravans over the past few years, as well as the sharp rise in the number of leisure vehicle rentals. The business is correspondingly profitable for the vehicle manufacturers, who generated record sales last year. Since many German caravanning enthusiasts travel in their own country, the local tourism industry is also profiting strongly from the boom. The German Economic Institute for Tourism at the University of Munich (dwif) took this opportunity to investigate camping and caravanning tourism in Germany in a scientific study. “The results show that camping and caravanning tourism is an important economic factor in Germany,” said Dr. Bernhard Harrer, CEO of dwif. Holidaymakers who travel to Germany in a motor caravans, caravan or tent provide important impulses for the domestic economy through their consumption during the holidays. Über eine Million Freizeitfahrzeuge waren 2016 in Deutschland zugelassen. More than 300,000 other vehicles, mainly caravans, were in continuous use at German campsites. Each caravan and motor caravan owner spends around 50 euros a day during his holiday. For permanent campers, daily consumption is over 20 euros. In addition there are visits by relatives and friends, who spend another 20 euros per person.

Last year there were 49.7 million overnight stays at German campsites. In addition, there were a further 13.5 million overnight stays by caravanning fans outside campsites, primarily on the approximately 3,600 designated motor caravan sites in Germany. Motor caravan owners also made 14.5 million day trips. In addition, 59.8 million days spent by permanent campers in Germany were counted last year. Taken together, this meant a turnover of over 5 billion euros due to the expenditure of caravanning tourists in the destination area. In addition to overnight accommodation costs, these were distributed primarily among the retail trade, gastronomy and a wide range of leisure activities such as amusement parks and museums, sports equipment hire and wellness offers. Another important, but often neglected factor is the travel costs of caravans and motor caravan owners. These totalled 4.0 billion euros in 2016. Equally important are the expenses for camping equipment. Here, 3.6 billion euros in sales are in the books.

In total, the 2016 turnover amounted to 12.6 billion euros, divided into 137.5 million overnight stays and an impressive 182,000 employment equivalents.

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Economic factor camping site 2016/2017 A dwif study on camping site and motor caravan tourism as economic factor (only available in German) DOWNLOAD
A study by Öko-Institut e.V. for the CIVD Comparative carbon footprint of motor caravan trips - today and tomorrow (only available in German) DOWNLOAD
Caravanning in Europe A study by the German Economic Institute for Tourism provides well-founded insights into the European camping and caravanning industry. Find out more
Focus Topic Motor Caravan Pitches The number of overnight stays of motor caravans on pitches is rising continuously - and opens up opportunities for potential pitch operators. Find out more
About the Association The Caravanning Industry Association (CIVD) has represented the interests of the industrial branch of the caravanning industry since 1962. Find out more