For its 40th anniversary, precisely in Carré Py, in Gerde, the Fédération de l’Hôtellerie de Plein Air de Midi-Pyrénées is holding its 20th meeting, on November 29 and 30.
“2022 is a significant year for the Fédération de l’Hôtellerie de Plein Air Midi-Pyrénées (FHPA MP) as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. 40 years of serving our members, 40 years of exchange and fighting to defend our profession, but also 40 years of solidarity, friendliness and mutual help. Together we have achieved so many things and launched great initiatives. Among them is the Midi-Pyrénées Foundation, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary,” summarizes its president, Bigourdan Michel Dubić, with the launch of this edition, which is all the more special because it is happening in his country.
“This is not the first time that these meetings have been held in the Hautes-Pyrénées, but for my last year as chairman I wanted it to be organized at home,” confides the manager of the Le Lavedan (Lau-Balagnas) camp, not without specifying that the next one will be held in department of the future president. Because, you got it, after 23 years of good and loyal service working to develop the outdoor hotel industry, including 22 at the head of the FFHPA MP and 12 as second in the National Federation, Michel Dubié will pass the torch in 2023.
Increase in attendance
“You must know how to surrender to young people who will bring a new dynamic to our sector of activity,” he confides with a sense of accomplishment. A booming sector, especially since the Covid crisis.
“We had a good season in 2022. At the national level, attendance at this type of accommodation increased by 4-5% compared to 2021, i.e. 132 million overnight stays, compared to 120 million the previous year. Camps were already very popular before Covid, but demand has exploded since the pandemic. People seek to stay in the heart of nature, especially in the mountains. So the outdoor hotel industry is doing well, very well,” he notes.
And the camps are not only popular with tourists. “There is very little creation of new camps, but a very high demand for takeovers,” points out Michel Dubié. Both old and new managers agree that it is necessary to work on moving to a higher level. “The clientele has changed and camp managers have been able to adapt, each at their own level, with more numerous and varied, but also better quality services. The camps became more professional and it became a real main activity. D Elsewhere, we have very nice facilities in the Hautes-Pyrenees”, emphasizes the president of the FHPA.
However, the outdoor hotel industry is not immune to the new crises affecting the country. If the more than 230 members who responded to the invitation meet at the foot of the Pic du Midi to review the season, they will together review the main challenges of the sector: rising energy costs, difficult seasonal employment. workers or even the thorny issue of insurance. Three topics that will be the topic of the round tables on Wednesday (see the program below).