From campsite to 9 sites on Texel. Set up in 1969 as Campsite De Krim in De Cocksdorp, today, 50 years on, the business comprises 9 leisure sites, spread across the island. Read more about our history here.
Tourism on Texel started to take off in the 1960s, with De Koog, in particular, a popular seaside resort. The north of the island didn’t quite benefit from tourism at that time, while the local economy of De Cocksdorp and surrounding area really was in need of a boost. And so, in 1969, a group of enterprising Texel residents from the north of the island set up De Krim. The memorandum of association of 23 July 1969 states: ‘Their goal is to operate this site as a leisure facility and thus improve the livelihoods of the residents of Texel and Eierland in particular’. They understood the importance of tourism for the north of Texel and the need to keep control of this industry themselves. The shareholders raised the starting capital and set up a campsite, named after the adjoining De Krim dune area. The campsite was run by one permanent employee, with the help of others. For instance, the building contractor would repair the water pipes and the family doctor would keep the youngsters in check; with everyone working together to grow the business.
In the 1980s, De Krim bought the adjoining plot of land. A second big step was taken in 1985 when a whole new entrance and centre were brought into use. At that time, the campsite covered 32ha and there were also about 60 static caravans on the site. A property developer from the mainland saw an opportunity in the construction of bungalows. And following a major sales campaign, the first plots of land were sold in 1986 to about 140 private owners. This development enabled De Krim to build a swimming pool and keep the business running all year round. This also met one of the objectives of the plc, to help boost employment in the north of the island. Sales of the bungalows continued steadily and in the space of about 7 years, a total of 500 bungalows were built. In 1990, the indoor swimming pool was brought into use and in 1995, multipurpose building ‘t Paviljoen opened its doors. At De Krim itself, an increasing number of site facilities were created. The campsite was also upgraded, with better and more modern sanitary facilities and more attractive pitches, a development that is still ongoing today.
In 2003, work began on the extensive renovation of the park and its facilities. The opening of the Kids’ Play Paradise gave the whole centre a brand-new look and feel. New chalets with sauna or 2 bathrooms offered guests more modern accommodation options. This was also the first time that De Krim itself owned rental accommodation units at the park, a major step towards independence. In 2009, the range of accommodation options was further expanded with 30 family villas, followed by hotel chalets in 2010, and luxury lodges – super-deluxe furnished tents – in 2017.
In recent years, De Krim has continued to invest heavily in the expansion and improvement of its central facilities, with the opening of the new swimming pool in 2017 as the highlight. Holiday Park De Krim has become the best-equipped holiday park on Texel and the Wadden Islands, and more than measures up to the best parks in the Netherlands.
De Krim Texel is a leisure company that has become a powerful player in the tourist sector, one that is of major economic importance to the island. De Krim Texel is currently the biggest provider of leisure facilities on Texel with an accommodation portfolio of about 13,000 beds. What’s more, it is a sound organisation, with stable management, a healthy balance sheet and profits. A company where quality is paramount. In the coming years, De Krim Texel aims to contribute even more to the local community by supporting initiatives that are important to the development of the island. We call this 'Love for Texel'.