In the scope of the "Orçamento Participativo on line" initiative promoted by Lisbon City Hall, CampingCar Portugal presented its proposal for the creation of a parking zone with a service area, as a support to the hundreds of national and foreign motorhomes that visit our capital every year.
CampingCar Portugal sends a letter stating its stance on a report called "Estudo da dinâmica do Sector do Autocaravanismo na Região do Algarve" (study on the dynamics of the motorhoming sector in the Algarve region), issued by CCDR-Algarve. This letter presented opinions, arguments and pointed out various points, which underlie on the serious limitations to the mobility and parking of motorhomes, stating also that these limitations would put at risk the demand of motorhome tourists, considering what the region could supply. However, certain aspects of the report were also praised, as they seemed positive to this activity.
The "Portugal Tradicional" project is unveiled. It was developed through a partnership with Animar – Associação Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimento Local (Portuguese association for local development). This project was inspired by French experiments, namely the "France Passion" and "Bienvenue à la Ferme" formulas but in a more casual sense, meaning users wouldn't need to sign up or pay for anything, and it'd seek to join motorhome users to the genuine spaces of our country, like agricultural farms, wine producers, cattle farms, etc.
CampingCar Portugal was contacted by the daily newspaper «Jornal de Notícias» for a telephone interview, as well as to supply some additional information and material for an article on motorhoming. Unfortunately, the guidelines for the article were already set prior to the contact, so not all of the important information on the motorhoming phenomenon was used. Had it been, the article would have probably been more serious and deeper. The article was then published on the 26th.
Following an awareness campaign made by Ovar City Hall on June 14, aimed at the motorhome users at Furadouro (in order to correct some less proper situations and actions), CampingCar Portugal sent a letter to the Mayor reflecting its concern regarding motorhome parking and their needs, as well as the rules and behaviours CampingCar Portugal promotes. It was also stressed CampingCar Portugal's availability in whatever was necessary to help improve the parking conditions for motorhomes in Furadouro.
CampingCar Portugal inaugurates a new service area for motorhomes in Aldeia da Luz (Alqueva). This event became part of the VI CampingCar Portugal Meeting.
The CampingCar Portugal administration decides to change the project's name to "CampingCar Portugal – O Portal Português de Caravanismo e Autocaravanismo" (CampingCar Portugal – The Portuguese Website for Motorhoming).
Alcácer do Sal Citty Hall promotes the "Alcácer Aventura – Feira de Desporto e Aventura" sports fair and CampingCar Portugal is invited by the organizers to make an awareness campaign to promote motorhoming.
Mafra Citty Hall created a project for traffic regulation within the municipality. This regulation, subjected to public discussion until April 2, includes serious limitations to the presence of motorhomes, forbidding them from
parking outside camping parks for more than four hours, including the public roadway and parking areas.
CampingCar Portugal felt this was a discriminatory and totalitarian way to "exterminate" the presence of motorhomes in the municipality, and for that a letter was sent to the City Hall showing its disgust and respective arguments, making also very clear its full availability to collaborate in a solution that would benefit both the motorhoming tourists and the municipality.
Because we believe the motorhoming community can and should make its activities in total harmony and respect for the environmental values, CampingCar Portugal presents its e proposal as an incentive to environmentally conscious behaviours. Yet another CampingCar Portugal document to read and publicize.
CampingCar Portugal got in touch with CEPSA's administration, drawing their attention to the deplorable state in which the motorhome service areas in the A2 and A8 highways find themselves in, offering technical solutions for solving the problem.
Following our contact, CampingCar Portugal received a kind letter of appreciation from CEPSA, thanking us for the given proposals, which were being considered by the relevant departments for a possible implementation. Later, CampingCar Portugal confirmed that most anomalies have not only been solved, but also that there was an overall improvement of the service areas (repaired faucets, new waste bins and a new symbol on the pavement).
Following a televised news report on a motorhoming phenomenon happening in Tavira, CampingCar Portugal personally delivered to the politicians involved a document where misunderstandings and misconceptions about motorhoming are clarified and possible solutions to the problem at hand are pointed out.
Directly contacted from the Aveiro City Hall staff, CampingCar Portugal meets with the respective aldermen and technicians to reach an agreement for the construction of a service area in the region.
Being aware of the work that needs to be done when it comes to the behavioural rules motorhome users should follow, CampingCar Portugal edited the "Be a better motorhome traveller" brochure with new rules that should be respected by all. This brochure was placed in the service desks of several companies that rent and sell motorhomes, and is usually distributed on events this website is part of.
CampingCar Portugal organizes a trip to the town of Terrugem to mark the inauguration of a new service area for motorhomes. The service area's construction started in September of 2005.
Invited by an institution related to the tourism in the Algarve, CampingCar Portugal made public its vision on tourism on a motorhome by presenting the first edition of a technical document summarizing the necessary technical informations so that political leaders have the right concept and knowledge about this touristic activity.
Invited by the Plataforma Autocaravanas Autónoma (Motorhome Autonomous Platform) and the Federação de Campismo e Montanhismo de Portugal (Camping and Mountaineering Federation of Portugal), CampingCar Portugal assumes the logistics of the "Un gesto ecosolidario con Portugal" Spanish initiative. In this gesture of symbolic help, about 150 trees were planted in the mount of São Macário, courtesy of the Junta de Andaluzia. This event was widely covered by the regional press and foreign motorhoming magazines.
Invited by the Clube Português de Autocaravanas (Portuguese Club of Motorhomes), the administrators of CampingCar Portugal become a part of the candidate list to the board of the Club for the biennium of 2006/2007. As such, they presented specific proposals for the promoting and publicizing of the Club and of motorhoming in Portugal. However, for reasons still unknown to date, a week before the elections they are "invited" to leave said list.
Public unveiling of the "CampingCar Portugal" project, at the Campisport fair. Also, the distributing of the first version of the "CampingCar Portugal Brochure" (link to the most recent version).