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Camping giant on the rise, best airport and where Swedes want to fly now?

It's Monday and travel news! Every Monday we present 5-6 short news items from press releases we received, or sniffed out, during the week. Tomorrow, Tuesday, we continue reporting from our motorhome trip along the west coast of Sweden.


First Camp turnover in July +20% against July 2020 

In 2020, First Camp, Scandinavia's largest camping chain with 40 destinations in Sweden and 6 in Denmark, gained market share thanks to investments and digitalisation. Revenue for July developed strongly compared to the previous year, but there was a decrease in the number of foreign guests compared to 2019. In July, First Camp's revenue increased by 20 per cent compared to 2020, for the same number of destinations. Compared to 2019, revenue decreased by only one per cent. The booking situation for August is strong, +24 per cent compared to the same time in 2020 and +22 per cent compared to 2019.

Hagöns camping in Halmstad, photo: First Camp

Munich Airport has once again been voted Europe's best airport.

Munich Airport continues to hold a top position in European rankings. The annual "World Airport Awards", organised by the London-based institute Skytrax, has again named Munich Airport as Europe's best airport, based on a passenger survey. In the global ranking, Munich Airport receives an honourable 6th place.

Munich Airport, photo: Flughafen München / Michael Fritz

Extreme heat in southern Europe

Southern Europe is experiencing one heat record after another. I Sicily has measured 48.8 degrees, a new European record. I Spain almost as extreme heat has been measured, with a Spanish record of 47.2 degrees. In addition, fires are raging in many parts of southern Europe.

Where Swedes want to fly right now

In the list below you can see the most searched countries at during the period 5 August to 11 August 2021. The statistics are based on flight searches from Sweden.

  1. Spain
  2. Turkey
  3. Germany
  4. USA
  5. Sweden

Five new trails for trail cycling open in Lofsdalen Fjällpark MTB

On 13 August, five more trails for trail cycling were opened in Lofsdalen Fjällpark MTB. During 2020 - 2022, Lofsdalen is investing in creating a new activity area for the whole family with an outstanding location between the mountains Hovärken and Digervålen, about 800 metres above sea level. There are already four different trails. By the end of the project in autumn 2022, a total of 20 km of trails will be available in various degrees of difficulty. 

Garden weeks at Sofiero

From 16 August and four weeks onwards, the the castle park at Sofiero i Helsingborg The gardening and TV personality John Taylor invites you to the Garden Weeks. Six inspirational gardens take centre stage. Sofiero's Garden Weeks are a destination for enthusiasts, beginners and those who just want to enjoy the park in its late summer splendour. Café Glasverandan and the bistro in the Orangery are open and offer food, coffee and views of the Öresund.

Sofiero Gardens, photo: Tina Dalemo

Reflection of the week

One might wonder to what extent red listing, extreme heat and fires affect Swedes' search for flights ...? And what a funny coincidence that there was a press release from Sofiero just now! We are in Helsingborg and have planned to visit Sofiero Castle and Castle Garden soon!

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