European RV Federation Celebrates 80th Year
The Fédération Internationale de Camping, Caravanning et Autocaravaning (F.I.C.C.) — or International Federation of Camping, RVing and Motorhoming — will close its 80th-anniversary celebrations with a merit awards ceremony to be held at Dusseldorf, Germany’s Caravan Salon on Aug. 31.
Founded in 1933 and being the only worldwide organization devoted to camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning, Brussels, Belgium-based F.I.C.C. began celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2013 by presenting certificates of merit to volunteers from a number of its 75 member organizations operating in 36 countries. Now, at the close of these celebrations, F.I.C.C. will be awarding certificates of professional merit to acknowledge the commitment of those working in the camping industry who contribute to promoting the development and recognition of camping internationally.
People connected with several F.I.C.C.-related organizations together with a number of campsites will be presented with certificates of professional merit. The campsites operate in 12 major European destinations and have been singled out both for the high quality of their installations and services and for their loyalty to Camping Carnet International (CCI) cardholders.
In fact, during this final 80th-anniversary event and award ceremony, prominence will be given to the CCI which was created in 1934 and is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. The CCI is the only social camping card issued by a recognized organization in the sector that is accepted at nearly all European campsites. It can justifiably claim to be a real camping “passport” and is also gaining ground now in other regions around the world.
The CCI has made phenomenal progress imposing its presence increasingly over the years and has now become the leading camping card. Its success persuaded two other organizations, the International Alliance of Tourism and the International Automobile Federation, to link up with F.I.C.C.in a CCI partnership arrangement.
In January of this year, F.I.C.C. became the sole owner of the CCI and will continue to issue the camping card as before and promote its expansion for the benefit of both consumers and service providers, especially campsites.
The CCI is being given a makeover with a new, modern image and graphic design that are more in keeping with today’s preferred consumer trends. However its historical origins will not be lost or forgotten.
A new website – www.campingcardinternational.com – will be launched simultaneously with the new card and will have updated features and applications for mobile devices. This online platform is expected to become one of the main links between the CCI and its users, who will have access to full information on the card’s features, campsite discounts and other additional benefits.
The F.I.C.C. has more than 2,500 campsites registered on the CCI website and 75 member organisations. It operates in 36 countries bringing up-to-date information on the best that camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning has to offer to more than 2 million families throughout the world.