In Portugal, the power struggle between campers and campsites is entering a new round.
The camper club CAS, Clube Autocaravanista Saloio, will terminate the agreement with Orbitur at the end of 2021. And this club probably shouldn’t be alone in taking this step.
Why Orbitur? Orbitur, Intercâmbio de Turismo, SA operates a chain of campsites in Portugal. Orbitur is only one segment in the larger network of AHRESP, A Associação da Hotelaria, Restauração e Similares de Portugal (AHRESP).
As the AHRESP website shows: Órgãos Sociais: Grupo de Setor do Campismo …: Beatriz Santos – ORBITUR, Intercâmbio de Turismo, S.A.
And AHRESP is also said to be behind the new restrictions on staying overnight in campers – outside of dedicated places.
AHRESP is also involved at European level, with the European Federation of Campingsite Organisations and Holiday Park Associations EFCO&HPA. EFCO&HPA lists Orbitur as the Portugal member.
And AHRESP holds the vice-presidency of the Federação Europeia de Campismo e Caravanismo since 2018. Again the same person as above (Orbitur): Beatriz Santos.
By turning against Orbitur, the club wants to hit AHRESP and thus also EFCO&HPA.
In the latest edition, 13/01/2021, of the CAS list Areas de Serviço I can no longer find the word Orbitur.