Camping at Sea and Sun in Cap d'Agde, the traditional election of Miss and Mister Camping still exists. But long ago that fans of this iconic movie are not the only ones who spend their summer holidays in a tent or in a mobile home. Six million French people and two million foreign tourists, mainly Dutch, German and English, attend every year the approximately 9,000 campsites in the Hexagon.
While the number of campsites is stable, its turnover has doubled over the past decade, reaching 2 billion euros in 2011. The number of nights spent in what is now called the outdoor hôtelleriede grew 2.7% last year to nearly 107 millions.Cette increase "reflects both the increase in the number and length of stay, "says the National Federation of outdoor accommodation.