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German Camping Prize 2014 awarded to the Fédération Internationale de Camping, Caravanning et Autocaravaning

Date: 15/04/2014
Source: FICC

The German Camping Prize is an honour that the Deutscher Camping Club and the City of Essen jointly decided to introduce in the 1970s. The aim was, and still is, to recognise and reward successful work that benefits the camping community. It was awarded for the first time in 1970.
Requirements to qualify for the award are commitment, an abundance of ideas, even possibly involving quite unconventional methods. But the focus must always centre on the best interests of campers and benefit the camping movement.
Over the years there have been many and varied award winners in Germany and abroad. Occasionally, surprisingly, institutions, authorities, foundations and federations not directly involved in the sector have been singled out for having undertaken a particularly worthwhile project in the field of camping.
The 2014 prizewinner is F.I.C.C., the International Federation for Camping, Caravanning and Motorcaravanning, and there can hardly be any other organisation that is so intrinsically bound up with camping and whose mission since its establishment 80 years ago, has been to defend and coordinate the interests of campers and caravanners worldwide.
F.I.C.C. was founded in 1933 at which time 16 national camping clubs from seven countries got together and embarked on this important mission. There are now 68 clubs and federations from 38 countries that have grown into a worldwide association which, through its various Commissions works on behalf of campers worldwide and markets the all-important International Camping Card (CCI).
Mr. Jelinek, Mayor of the City of Essen and DCC President Mr. Karl Zahlmann presented F.I.C.C. President Mr. Joao Alves Pereira with this important award in Essen on the occasion of the opening press conference of the “Travel + Camping“ exhibition on 17 February 2014.