Caravanning industry supports German government’s national tourism strategy

The association of leisure-vehicle manufacturers CIVD supports the German government’s national tourism strategy. The government emphasizes the enormous importance of tourism for Germany as a business location. Tourism in Germany is mainly driven by small and medium sized enterprises, it has for the most part flown under the radar of government policymaking – a situation that is about to change. Tourism in general and caravanning in particular are textbook examples of cross-sectoral industries that benefit a vast array of sectors and whose positive impacts are palpable in myriad realms. The position paper defines three overarching government tourism policy goals. The CIVD particularly welcomes the aim to ramp up the domestic added value generated by tourism and improve the competitiveness of Germany as a tourist destination.

Call for infrastructure expansion and reduction of red tape

The government’s key issue paper identifies fields of action that are essential for achieving the mandated objectives, thus, addressing two central concerns of the leisure-vehicle industry. The first of these is improving the relevant statutory framework and reducing the red tape associated with it. In this regard, the CIVD strongly feels that the Federal Citizens Registration Act (Bundesmeldegesetz) is urgently in need of modernization and streamlining. The second key issue, from the standpoint of the CIVD, is infrastructure expansion – which would involve improving both the nation’s transport infrastructure, as well as its digital infrastructure. For the leisure-vehicle industry, the CIVD would also like to see stronger political support for construction and expansion of campgrounds and motor caravan pitches, so as to enable the capacities of these facilities to keep pace with the sharp rise in the number of registrations of new leisure vehicles.

Caravanning promotes goals laid out in government’s resolution

Holidaying in caravans and motor caravans has evolved into a major trend over the years – and has thus become a German-tourism segment of ever-growing importance. Campers generate billions of euros worth of annual revenue for the domestic economy and help to both secure and generate thousands of jobs – particularly in rural areas and in economically disadvantaged regions. Thus, caravanning helps to further one of the main goals of the national tourism strategy – namely helping to bolster the areas and regions in question. Also, the special attention devoted by the government’s position paper to sustainability echoes the issues addressed in a study by the German ecology think tank known as Öko-Institut, which showed that caravanning is inherently ecological.

The adoption of a national tourism strategy is an important first step and further steps of this nature are needed. The CIVD is going to continue and intensify its positive and constructive exchanges with policymakers.