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Österreichischer Camping Club (ÖCC)


Date: 14/04/2015
Source: FICC

Österreichischer Camping Club (ÖCC)

The Österreichischer Camping Club was founded on 22 October 1951 by two camping enthusiasts, Leo Potocnik and Prof. Rudolf Gönner, together with a handful of members.
The club’s aim was to promote camping and to give members and other interested parties information and advice on all matters pertaining to this outdoor leisure activity.
In 1952 ÖCC organised the very first camping exhibition with international participants in Vienna. Over the years, in its efforts to promote camping, the Club built, or helped build, many campsites such as Wien-West-Hütteldorf. It has always supported campsite operators with advice and information.
The Camping Club brought out the first Austrian Camping Guide in 1954 and regularly produces a club magazine for its members.
Ever since 1953, the club has arranged camping holidays abroad for its members in countries such as Italy and France and even in “far-off” Turkey as it seemed to be in those days. ÖCC also offers its members group camping holidays under the heading “Camp Tours“ and produces its own annual brochure of camping trips which are immensely popular.
The Österreichische Camping Club has been a member of F.I.C.C. since 1956 and has always made the international camping card (CCI) available to its members.
In 1994 the club came up with the idea of proposing road safety training for caravan owners and drivers. The club acquired its own outfit with stabilizers.
In 2011 an informative homepage was published under www.campingclub.at It was state-of-the-art, running to many pages with a personal log-in and useful online services (campsite directory, etc).
The Österreichische Camping Club now has a membership of over 12,000 and has interests in many aspects of camping. Producing the club magazine “Camping Revue“, distributing the CCI and producing a camping guide are as much an integral part of the services on offer to clubs as the camping tours it arranges or the club’s involvement in organising fairs and exhibitions. Promoting camping as a worthwhile activity together with the issue of members’ safety remain matters of concern for the club in 2015. Other services on offer include road safety training for drivers of outfits and advice on checking gas appliances and installations, information relating to driving licences or the weight and purchase of a vehicle and much, much more besides.