|Type||Public limited company (Naamloze vennootschap)|
|Headquarters||Rivium Boulevard 213,|
Number of locations
|Center Parcs - 26 |
Sunparks - 2
|Brands||Center Parcs, Sunparks|
|Owner||Freehold: Blackstone Group|
Leasehold operator: Pierre & Vacances
|Parent||Pierre & Vacances|
Center Parcs Europe (formerly Center Parcs) is a European network of holiday villages that was founded in the Netherlands in 1968, and is currently operated by Pierre & Vacances and owned by Blackstone Group.
Dutch entrepreneur Piet Derksen started a sporting goods shop in 1953 at Lijnbaan, Rotterdam. Its name was 'Sporthuis Centrum', 'Sport House Centre'. It succeeded and Derksen expanded into 17 outlets across the Netherlands, and then added camping articles to the range.
In 1968, Derksen purchased woodland near Reuver so staff and customers could relax in small tents. The park, De Lommerbergen, was successful, and the tents were quickly replaced by bungalows. In 1987, Center Parcs opened its first UK resort at Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. This brought the company into the sights of expanding brewer Scottish and Newcastle, which later bought the group.
In 2003, Scottish & Newcastle sold the Continental European sites to a joint venture of Pierre & Vacances (P&V) and DBCP, a German investment group. This was given the name Center Parcs Europe (CPE). P&V owned Europe's largest (in terms of bed-count) bungalow-vacation-supplier, Gran Dorado Resorts, a Dutch former joint venture of Vendex, Algemeen Burgerlijk Pensioenfonds, GAK and Philips Rentefonds. P&V brought Gran Dorado in the joint venture.
As CPE was based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, the Dutch and European Commercial Competition Authority did not approve of combining Gran Dorado and Center Parcs, as it would effectively control the European market. After agreeing to a reduction in beds owned, CPE sold all but six Gran Dorado Resorts to Dutch Landal GreenParks. The remaining six parks were added to CenterParcs: Loohorst (NL), Port Zelande (NL), Zandvoort (NL), Weerterbergen (NL), Hochsauerland (D) and Heilbachsee (D).
After the sale, five of the six remaining Gran Dorado Resorts parks were rebranded Sea Spirit from Center Parcs or Free Life from Center Parcs. The Weerterbergen-Resort was sold to Roompot because of the cost of bringing it to standard. All original Center Parcs resorts in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany were sub-branded CP Original. Having completed the integration and rebranding exercise, Pierre & Vacances bought DBCP out of the partnership.
In January 2009, Sunparks launched alongside Center Parcs in Europe, as a low-cost brand. Many of the former Gran Dorado resorts were rebranded in this exercise, but the sub brand was dropped in 2011 and the parks were rebranded to Center Parcs.
Operations and facilities
There are now 26 resorts in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany. Most villages are different, but some villages such as Bispinger Heide in Germany and Domaine Les Bois Francs in France (and many more) share the same Village Plaza design. They have the same styled Aqua Mundo and Sports Plaza. Accommodation is in villas or bungalows, clustered in a park and surrounded by trees and bushes. An exception is Park Zandvoort, set among sand dunes. Certain resorts also provide hotel rooms. The first village had features that have stayed popular like the swimming pool, shops and restaurants. The first dome arrived in 1980, named Subtropical Swimming Paradise in UK resorts and Aqua Mundo in European resorts. A range of sporting activities is available, with restaurants, spas, saunas, and massage.
In 2009, Center Parcs Europe divided its parks into two brands: "Center Parcs", which includes the 5-star parks, and "Sunparks", which includes the 3- or 4-star parks. At the beginning of 2011 the company decided to rename most Sunparks as Center Parcs.
Center Parcs Europe owns 26 Center Parcs resorts and 2 Sunparks resorts.
|Overview of all Center Parcs resorts|
|De Kempervennen||Westerhoven||North Brabant||1983|
|Port Zélande||Ouddorp||South Holland||1990||2002|
|Park Zandvoort*||Zandvoort||North Holland||1989||2002|
|Park Nordseeküste*||Tossens||Lower Saxony||1992||2002|
|Park Hochsauerland||Medebach||North Rhine-Westphalia||1994||2002|
|Bispinger Heide||Bispingen||Lower Saxony||1995|
|Park Allgäu||Leutkirch||Baden Württemberg||2018|
|France||Les Bois-Francs||Verneuil-sur-Avre||Upper Normandy||1988|
|Les Hauts de Bruyères||Chaumont-sur-Tharonne||Centre-Val de Loire||1993|
|Le Lac d'Ailette||Chamouille||Picardy||2007|
|Les Trois Forêts||Hattigny||Lorraine||2010|
|Le Bois aux daims||Les Trois-Moutiers, Morton||Nouvelle-Aquitaine||2015|
|Villages Nature Paris (Disneyland Paris)||Marne-La-Vallée||Île-De-France||2017||Joint-Venture with Euro Disney S.C.A.|
|Park De Haan*||De Haan||West Flanders||1989||2007|
|Resorts in development|
|France||Les Landes de Gascogne||Beauziac||Nouvelle-Aquitaine||2022|
|France||Forêt de Poligny||Poligny||Bourgogne-Franche-Comté||T.B.D.|
|Forêt du Rousset||Le Rousset||T.B.D.|
|China||Hanshui Hometown||Shiyan||Hubei||T.B.D.||Joint-venture with CCTID|
|Netherlands||De Lommerbergen||Reuver||Limburg||1968 - 1996||Sold to Creatief Vakantieparken|
|Het Vennenbos||Hapert||Noord-Brabant||1970 - 1994|
|De Berkenhorst||Kootwijk||Gelderland||1975 - 1990|
|United Kingdom||Sherwood Forest||Rufford||Nottinghamshire||1987 - 2001||Spun off into Center Parcs UK and Ireland|
|Elveden Forest||Brandon||Suffolk||1989 - 2001|
|Longleat Forest||Warminster||Wiltshire||1994 - 2001|
- Tropical Islands Resort - another large European indoor sub-tropical leisure village
- "Center Parcs Longford Forest officially launches". Center Parcs UK and Ireland. 30 July 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
- "Center Parcs stopt met merk Sunparks". www.parkvakanties.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-01-25.
- "Center Parcs Projects in France". www.groupepvcp.com. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
- "Center Parcs Projects in Europe". www.groupepvcp.com. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
- "Projects in China". www.groupepvcp.com. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
- "History". corporate.centerparcs.co.uk. Retrieved 2022-01-25.