Schwerin (dpa / mv) - Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as a tourist country wants to further increase its attractiveness for camping holidaymakers. For this purpose, the more than ten-year-old state regulation for camping and weekend sites is to be renewed and adapted to current developments. This was decided by the state parliament in Schwerin on Wednesday with the votes of the coalition factions of the SPD and the left as well as the CDU and FDP. The Greens refused to approve the application on the grounds that the goals were not sustainable, and the AfD also voted against it.
Economics Minister Reinhard Meyer (SPD), who is also responsible for tourism, emphasized the importance of camping tourism. "Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is primarily associated with nature-based tourism for many guests," he said. However, the quality requirements would increase and new trends, such as the increase in vacations in mobile homes, would increase the requirements. The corona pandemic has given camping tourism a significant boost.
According to Meyer, the State Statistical Office registered around 760,000 overnight stays at the state’s campsites in June 2022 alone, an increase of a good 8 percent compared to the same month last year. The industry expects around 5 million overnight stays for the current year. According to the minister, campsites in Bavaria and Schleswig-Holstein are even more popular.