||Robert Louden, director general of the UK's Camping and Caravanning Club, was recognised with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
The 60-year-old from Daventry in Northamptonshire said he was "absolutely stunned" by the award for services
“I am absolutely stunned and feel very privileged to be in the company of so many talented people who I know have also received honours
“I do the job that I do at the club in the way that I do it, with a lot of it being a reward in itself, so for somebody to decide I should get recognised for that is incredible.
“My family are very proud and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of my past and present colleagues, both at the club and from within the outdoor industries sector, as well as our 600,000 members who have helped shape the club in to what it is today.”
The Camping and Caravanning Club is the oldest and largest camping association in the world, having been formed 111 years ago. Louden joined the club 18 years ago and became director general in 2007.
Louden's award is the second the club have received, with George Cubbitt, the club's general secretary, receiving an MBE in 1974.
Club chairman, Albert Walker, added: “It is a very worthy honour and everyone connected with the Club should be extremely proud of Robert’s achievement.
“He does a lot for the club and I am delighted that he has been recognised for his tireless work within the outdoors industry.
“Camping and caravanning is continuing to grow as a pastime and Robert has played his part in that over the last 18 years. He deserves his moment in the spotlight.”