HISTORICAL BACKGROUND & DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMPANY
Before 1960: The area where the campsite is located today was used for agricultural purposes to ensure self-sufficiency. Since the cultivation in the mountain region was very difficult with the funds available at that time, Friedrich Grabner dared a step into the future in the 60's. Because of the early death of his father it was a hard time and a difficult decision.
Early 60's: A small discovery opened the beginning of a new source of income for Mr. Grabner . As a 14-year-old boy, Fritz noticed that two small tents had been built on his property, which adjoins the lake. Immediately he drove to this place by bike and cashed the so-called fee. For those days it was inconceivable that camping would experience such a boom in the distant future.
In 1962: Friedrich Grabner decided to open a campsite - despite the contradictions of friends and locals. After initial difficulties with the authorities, the neighbors and the legal conditions at that time, in the year 1963 the approval for running a campsite was finally granted.
Following years until 1970: The rising camping movement throughout Europe also meant business success for Mr. Friedrich Grabner. However, since the supply of camping guests had to be guaranteed, larger investments had to be made. A big building with sanitary facilities and a kiosk with a restaurant was built. After t
he wedding with Mrs. Maria Hierzer in 1970, the two continued the business together.
In 1978: What later in the 1970's became a bigger and bigger problem was the sewage situation, because the sewage treatment plant, which had been specially built at that time, was not designed for the increasing number of guests. But then the planning of the Attersee-sewerage started and the campsite was connected to the canal with considerable financial resources.
Beginning of the 80s: The competition in camping increased significantly both in Austria and abroad. Campsite owner Friedrich Grabner was aware of the experience of recent years that only together, and with increasing advertising activity, the competitors could be weakened. For this reason, he decided to merge the new campsites around the Attersee into a publicity community in 1978.
Following Years: This time developed extremely positive, so that Mr. Grabner was able to hire additional holiday staff in the period from July to August. The company was still family-run at the time, but with additional staff of 10 people. Tourism experienced a boom that benefited the camping sector as well as other tourism sectors.
1993 - 1997: The peak of success ended in 1993, because although the tourism forecasts for the camping industry were rising throughout Europe, this industry experienced a drop of 45 percent from 1993 to 1997. Despite the increasing advertising measures in Austria, there was no significant improvement in all tourism sectors.
Despite many other comments and opinions of tourism experts, the media and the Austrian advertising, campsite owner Friedrich Grabner found his own explanation for the slump in tourism. In his opinion the opening of the East created a very large cheap offer and, despite the continuous heavy demand, the tourists tended to cheaper offers.
In the year 2000: Fritz Grabner handed over the campsite to his son Manfred. He already worked in the company from childhood on and was able to successfully continue the business. Of course, his parents Fritz and Maria and his sister Christine continued working at the campsite. At the end of 2000 there was another big change in the campsite. The plot of the former carpentry Hummelbrunner, which connects directly to the campsite, was for sale.
The family decided to take advantage of this opportunity and acquired the property and its premises. So they had the possibility to expand the campsite. Of course, this acquisition was associated with a huge investment and effort, because the operating building had to be demolished and rebuilt according to the needs of camping. Furthermore, the new property was converted into pitches for permanent campers.