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80th Anniversary of the Fédération Internationale de Camping, Caravanning et Autocaravaning

Date: 25/02/2013
Source: FICC

June 4 1933 is a landmark date in the 80 year history of our international camping federation because it was on that day that the very first F.I.C.C. General Assembly was held during the very first International F.I.C.C. Rally. In 2011, the term Motorcaravanner was added to the title and logo and, at the beginning of 2012, the Federation’s official title changed to “Fédération Internationale de Camping, Caravanning et Autocaravaning“.
At the outset, this international association comprised 13 clubs in 7 countries but today the numbers have soared to 70 clubs in 38 countries.
F.I.C.C.’s international youth rallies held at Easter each year started in 1952 and have always been immensely popular as have F.I.C.C.’s annual summer rallies (one of which always includes the annual General Assembly) held in Europe, North America and Asia.

Interest in camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning increases every year and one cannot imagine the tourism industry without this sector now.
It is the feeling of freedom and independence, of being close to nature and the chance to get to know other people and other cultures, that inspire people from all walks of life to go camping.

F.I.C.C.’s objective was, and still is, to encourage and strengthen the bonds of friendship worldwide, not only between its own members but also with the people who live in the countries that host international rallies.
F.I.C.C. works hard to represent the interests of its members via its various Commissions and their contacts with various authorities, institutions, manufacturers and legislators.
F.I.C.C. is an organisation whose serious, nature-loving and environmentally aware members delight in spending their free time out of doors in the natural world, a world they want to protect. They are welcome at campsites everywhere because they set a good example.
F.I.C.C. introduced the CCI (Camping Card International) and A.I.T. and F.I.A. subsequently became partners in this enterprise. This camping card is internationally recognised and serves as proof of identity when staying at a campsite. In addition, many campsites give discounts to cardholders when they produce or deposit their CCI because they know that they belong to a club and have third party insurance cover.

80 years of the Fédération Internationale de Camping, Caravanning et Autocaravaning has been a long success story that has served the camping fraternity very well all over the world.
F.I.C.C. and its governing body under the chairmanship of Mr. Joao Alves Pereira will continue to do all in their power to ensure that the traditions and objectives of the Federation are upheld, taking into account the latest technical advances and strategies that will benefit camping enthusiasts worldwide and stimulate one of today’s much loved leisure activities.