Our History

Our History

The history of a warm family business starts thirty-five years ago at a simple campsite on Lake Garda. Today, Vacanceselect is an internationally operating holiday provider. What has remained is that "personal touch", the hospitality with which we already welcomed our guests to that first Italian campsite.

I have a dream

In the summer of 1976, Loek van de Loo - founder of Vacanceselect, then sixteen - had a side job at an Italian campsite. After that summer, young Loek has one big dream; to own his own campsite. That dream became a reality in 1982, when Loek became co-owner of a new campsite in an olive grove on Lake Garda: Camping Weekend campsite.

31,000 Accommodation Options

Two years later, in 1984, Loek van de Loo started renting out holiday accommodation on Lake Garda. In addition to running the campsite, Loek created a booking office that grew rapidly and spread throughout Italy.

In the more than 30 years that followed, the company has grown to become an internationally operating organization. In May 2018, a takeover by the French company Vacalians was realized, after which the entire company will continue under the name Vacanceselect. Thanks to this new collaboration, Vacanceselect is growing into one of the largest European outdoor and camping organizations. Now more than thirty-five years after the very beginning, we as Vacanceselect have more than 31,000 accommodation options available at more than 1,200 top campsites and holiday parks in 16 European countries. All campsites and holiday parks with the same philosophy: first-rate hospitality.