History

For 1967, everything has changed, except the essential.

From the Avoriaz ski resort, the birthplace of the tourism residence concept, to targeted acquisitions, the opening of hundreds of residences and villages all respecting the environment, and to the development of ambitious projects destined to satisfy the expectations of new generations of holidaymakers, the Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Group has not stopped playing a pioneering role in the European tourism landscape.

Year after year



1967: creation

  • Launch of a new tourist resort in Avoriaz by Gérard Brémond
  • Creation of a new holiday concept by Piet Derksen (Center Parcs founder): “Villa in the forest idea” in De Lommerbergen, Holland

1973

  • 1st Avoriaz International Festival of Fantastic Film

1979

  • Creation of the “New Property” package
  • Opening of the 1st Pierre & Vacances Residence by the sea in Juan-les-Pins

1980

  • Launch of the 1st Swimming Paradise with the opening of the 6th Center Parcs in De Eemhof, Holland

1986

  • Sporthuis Centrum becomes Center Parcs

1988

  • Opening of the 1st Center Parcs in France: Domaine des Bois-Francs, Normandy

1990

  • Opening of Cap Esterel

1997

  • Opening of the 1st eco-village Pierre & Vacances: “Belle Dune” in the Baie de Somme

1998

  • Opening of the two Pierre & Vacances villages in the French West Indies (Guadeloupe + Martinique)

1999

  • Flotation on the stock market
  • Acquisition of Orion Vacances

2000

  • Acquisition of Gran Dorado

2001

  • Acquisition of Maeva. Acquisition of 50% of Center Parcs
  • “Hermes Awards – Best Environment Respect” prize in Belle Dune

2002

  • Acquisition of Résidences MGM

2003

  • Acquisition of 100% of Center Parcs Europe

2004

  • Turnover crosses €1 billion threshold / 6 million clients

2005

  • Signing of partnership with the WWF
  • Start of construction for the 3rd Center Parcs in France: the Domaine du Lac d’Ailette-Aisne
  • Opening of the 1st Pierre & Vacances Residence in Spain

2006

  • Launch of the 4th Center Parcs project in France (Moselle)

2007

  • Pierre & Vacances and Accor join forces and launch Adagio City Aparthotel
  • Letter of intent between the French state, Euro Disney and PVCP regarding the Villages Nature project
  • Acquisition of the property development company Les Senioriales
  • Acquisition of Sunparks Group
  • Opening of the Paris Tour Eiffel aparthotel
  • Opening of the 3rd Center Parcs in France: Domaine du Lac d’Ailette-Aisne

2008

  • Plans are announced for the Group’s project in Morocco
  • Launch of the PAD (Sustainable Actions Plan) in partnership with WWF-France

2009

  • The Pierre & Vacances Group becomes the Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs Group
  • Launch of the Avoriaz project
  • Agreement with Intrawest Hotels & Residences for the acquisition of Intrawest’s lodging and commercial operations: Arc 1950 (Savoie) and Flaine Montsoleil (Haute-Savoie)

2010

  • Creation of the labels Pierre & Vacances premium and Pierre & Vacances resorts
  • Opening of the 4th Center Parcs in France: Domaine des Trois Forêts Moselle Lorraine
  • Cap Esterel: 20th anniversary
  • Agreement signed for the ‘Villages Nature’ development

2011

  • Adagio becomes leader in city tourism residences with the acquisition of Citéa
  • Launch of Les Senioriales in cities
  • More than 40 Center Parcs, Pierre & Vacances and Maeva sites obtain Green Key labelling
  • Foundation stone at the Center Parcs "Park Bostalsee"
  • Pierre & Vacances Resorts renamed Pierre & Vacances villages clubs

2012

  • Extension of the Avoriaz ski resort with three new residences and the Aquariaz, the largest mountain-based water park in Europe
  • Extension of the Domain des Trois Forêts in Moselle
  • Announcement of Aparthotels Adagio® development in Brazil
  • Announcement of the projects for an Eco Resort in Taghazout and a Pierre & Vacances village in Saïda, Marocco
2013
  • Opening of Center Parcs "Park Bostalsee", Germany 
  • Foundation stone at the Center Parcs, "le Domaine du Bois aux Daims" in Vienne
2014
  • Development in France with two new projects in the "Northern Rhône-Alpes" region
  • Launch of a new distribution activity website : Maeva.com
  • Partnership Beijing Capital Land and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs
  • Foundation stone at the Villages Nature
  • Partnership Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs
2015
  • Opening of the 5th Center Parcs in France: "Le Domaine du Bois aux Daims" in Vienne
  • Partnership HNA Tourism Group & Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs to develop touristics projects inpired by Center Parcs and Pierre & Vacances concepts

2017
  • Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Group celebrates his 50th anniversary
  • Opening of Villages Nature® Paris, the premier European eco-tourism destination