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Longueuil, August 16, 2017 – In 2016, the camping industry generated nearly $1.1 billion in economic spin-off for Quebec, as well as 13,500 salaried jobs. All in all, 20% of Quebeckers went camping in 2016 in Quebec, representing 1.6 million campers.
These are the findings of a study conducted in February 2017 by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton on behalf of Camping Québec, the association of Quebec campgrounds.
The study tells us that campers are especially attracted by the promise of relaxation and the social aspect of camping. Walking and hiking and campfires are the most common activities at campgrounds, since 67% of campers say they have practised them there. This is followed by bathing in lakes and rivers and bathing in swimming pools, practised by 46% and 29% of campers, respectively.
In terms of economic spin-off, the camping industry in Quebec generated spending of over $1.4 billion in 2016. This expenditure had a net impact of $1.1 billion on the Quebec economy, once the spinoff related to imports is eliminated.
For Simon Tessier, President and CEO of Camping Québec, “This study illustrates the considerable economic and social impact of the camping industry in Quebec. Our operators can be proud of their businesses and their contribution to the development of tourism in the province.”
The study also sought to profile non-campers in 2016, and found that 11% of them said they definitely intended to start or resume camping within three years. Another 29% said they might start or resume camping.
One noticeable trend is the growing popularity of turnkey camping. The choice of tents as a type of equipment is also on the rise, especially among campers under 35 in this specific case. Recreational vehicles remain the preference of 40% of campers, however.
There are currently 916 campgrounds in Quebec, with 119,825 campsites. The number of sites is up by 7% since 2012.
The Summary and the complete Report, Portrait de la pratique du camping au Québec – 2017, are available for media representatives: Portrait de la pratique du camping au Québec – 2017. (An English version of the summary is also available.)
Camping Québec represents 730 campgrounds from all over Quebec. It is the largest association of its kind in Canada. Its mission is to encourage and support the growth and development of the camping industry and to promote camping in Quebec.
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For information or interviews:
Communications co-ordinator, Camping Québec
450 651-7396, ext. 223 / 1 800 363-0457