Recession spurs camping revival

The recession has reinvigorated a German interest in camping, as more people decide to pitch a tent or park an RV instead of sleeping in a more expensive hotel, daily Leipziger Volkszeitung reported on Tuesday.

Recession spurs camping revival
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According to the paper, new Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) data shows the number of nights Germans spent camping between January and April of this year rose by 32 percent to reach 1.9 million. Meanwhile the number of hotel guests in the country sank by two percent.

The highest concentration of camping was in traditionally frugal eastern Germany, with an increase of 57 percent. Western states increased their number of camping guests by 27 percent.

The German Chamber of Commerce (DIHK) said the increase shows a renaissance in camping vacations. A recent DIHK report revealed that many hotels expect 23 percent fewer guests than last year. Meanwhile 45 percent of hoteliers fear hard times in the coming months.

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