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BCLCA Releases 2023 Annual Occupancy, 2024 Rate Survey Results

The BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association (BCLCA) unveiled the 2023 BCLCA Annual Occupancy and 2024 Rate Survey. Conducted among members and non-members managing at least 10 campsites, the survey has revealed insightful trends in the campground industry.

According to the organization’s newsletter, the survey, completed in January by 91 operators, shows a response rate of 26.1% for members and 5.1% for non-members.

The survey highlighted that more operators are increasingly utilizing their websites for bookings, with 76% now allowing customers to complete reservations with payments, a 15 percentage point increase from the previous year.

As in the previous year, only 25% of properties that responded are using dynamic pricing strategies.

Forty percent of the properties surveyed offer at least one type of discounted rate, with returning guests frequently receiving these discounts.

Only 4% of properties currently offer electric vehicle charging stations, but an additional 18% of operators plan to install such facilities in the future. This is consistent with findings from the previous year.

One-third (34%) of surveyed properties adhere to a moderate to strict cancellation policy unless mandated otherwise by government regulations. Meanwhile, 30% maintain a completely flexible cancellation policy that does not require amendments under any circumstances. Additionally, one-quarter of the properties reported adjusting their policies in response to natural disasters.

For bookings, 2023 saw a slight decrease of 1% overall, with regional variations highlighting the impact of external events such as wildfires. Occupancy rates have similarly declined, with a notable drop from 47.3% in 2022 to 43.5% in 2023, a trend attributed to the wildfire impacts.

For the revenue patterns, the result indicates an increase of 1.1%. Nightly guests constitute the primary revenue source for operators, accounting for 69% of earnings, while extended stays during the winter or off-peak periods contribute 12%. 

Looking ahead to 2024, the outlook is promising for BC campground owners. About 49% of operators plan to reinvest in their properties, focusing on upgrades to physical infrastructure and guest services, including playgrounds, Wi-Fi, and enhanced sanitary facilities.

Despite economic uncertainties, about 45% of operators intend to maintain their 2024 rates consistent with 2023. The survey also reports that rate adjustments are anticipated across various site types, with increases projected to align with inflation.

The BCLCA survey offers a comprehensive snapshot of the industry, providing campground operators with crucial insights into operational practices, financial health, and strategic planning. This vital resource aids in informed decision-making.

The 2023 BCLCA Annual Occupancy and 2024 Rate Survey underscores effective financial strategies including maintaining charges while adopting dynamic pricing and offering discounts to attract and retain customers.

Implementing flexible pricing models during peak and off-peak seasons, adjusting cancellation policies, and introducing sustainable practices like electric vehicle charging stations can significantly enhance market competitiveness for RV park and campground owners. These strategies can help BC business owners attract a broader customer base and potentially increase revenue.

To learn more about the latest BCLCA annual occupancy and rate survey results, members can request a copy of the full report from the association.

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Steven Carter
Steven Carter
April 27, 2024 12:35 pm

Did you know that some campground operators are diving into eco-friendly practices to attract nature-loving campers? It’s cool to see how campgrounds are stepping up their game with new amenities and activities for us campers. Exciting times ahead for camping in BC!

TiaCloud
TiaCloud
April 27, 2024 3:51 pm

Did you hear about the latest campground trends? Operators are all about sustainability now, like eco-friendly initiatives and cool activities for campers. It’s awesome to see them stepping up to attract more nature lovers. What do you think about these changes in the camping scene?

pixelPete
pixelPete
April 27, 2024 6:39 pm

Can you believe how campground operators are stepping up their game with innovation and sustainability? It’s exciting to see the industry evolving to meet guests’ needs in 2024 and beyond.

Sarah Bell
Sarah Bell
April 27, 2024 6:47 pm

Let’s chat about the BCLCA survey results! It’s cool to see how some campground owners are going green with solar panels and eco-friendly practices. Makes me think they’re really stepping up their game to attract nature-loving guests!

Leo Starlight
Leo Starlight
April 27, 2024 7:11 pm

Did you know that the survey findings really give us a peek behind the scenes of what campground owners are up against? It’s cool to see how they’re adapting to meet our needs and go green. Plus, the tech upgrades on the horizon sound pretty exciting for our future camping experiences!

Tiger0Oppos3d-63
Tiger0Oppos3d-63
April 27, 2024 11:15 pm

Did you know that more campgrounds now focus on sustainability and tech upgrades? It’s great to see the industry evolving to meet guests’ needs and protect the environment.

TrueBlueGem4le
TrueBlueGem4le
April 28, 2024 1:25 am

Isn’t it interesting to see how campground operations are evolving? Exploring tech solutions and partnerships can really elevate the guest experience and attract new visitors.

Daniel Brown
Daniel Brown
April 28, 2024 3:16 am

Hey! Did you catch the latest updates on sustainable hospitality practices? It’s cool to see that 18% of properties are gearing up to install electric vehicle charging stations. Operators are really stepping up their game by sprucing up properties while keeping rates competitive. Exciting times ahead in the world of hospitality!

Lisa Rivera
Lisa Rivera
April 29, 2024 12:46 pm
Reply to  Daniel Brown

I hope you didn’t overlook the latest updates on sustainable hospitality practices! It’s crucial to stay informed on these topics. We need to be mindful of evolving trends. Your enthusiasm for the industry is fantastic!

Linda Harris
Linda Harris
April 28, 2024 4:57 am
Reply to  Daniel Brown

I’m all about staying in the loop with the latest sustainable hospitality practices. It’s great to see organizations like BCLCA leading the way and sharing valuable insights. Your enthusiasm is contagious!

RoundLoop879
RoundLoop879
April 28, 2024 12:04 pm

Have you checked out the new findings from the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association’s latest survey? It gives us a sneak peek into how campgrounds are evolving in BC. Exciting stuff!

Michael Smith
Michael Smith
April 29, 2024 9:16 am
Reply to  RoundLoop879

It’s great to see the latest findings from the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association’s survey! Thanks for sharing that tidbit. Did you know that camping jokes are in-tents?

ZeldaRay
ZeldaRay
April 28, 2024 8:26 pm
Reply to  RoundLoop879

Well, I’d say you’re in for a treat with the latest scoop from the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association’s recent survey – it’s definitely worth a look! Sounds like BC campgrounds are the place to be! Time to pack the camping gear and hit the road.

David Wilson
David Wilson
April 28, 2024 6:16 pm

Check out the scoop from the BCLCA’s latest survey! They spilled the beans on campsite trends for 2023 and 2024. It’s cool to see how operators are stepping up their game. I’m excited to see what the future holds for outdoor hospitality!

CrateXing134
CrateXing134
April 28, 2024 7:58 pm

Did you catch the scoop? Some spots are thinking green with solar panels! Plus, there’s a fun trend of unique adventures coming your way with those booking options!

Jennifer Young
Jennifer Young
April 28, 2024 8:19 pm

Isn’t it cool that more campgrounds are going green and adding fun activities like nature hikes? What do you think about these eco-friendly trends in the hospitality industry?

RainbowCat71
RainbowCat71
April 28, 2024 8:59 pm

Can’t wait to spill the beans! The camping scene is buzzing with owners gearing up for 2024 – think glamping and green initiatives! It’s like a breath of fresh air in the great outdoors. Excited to see these cool changes unfold for campers!

TabithaGale
TabithaGale
April 29, 2024 11:19 am

Did you catch that nugget of info? The BCLCA report is a real eye-opener! Imagine, only 20% of properties focusing on sustainability, and just 15% diving into fresh marketing tactics. It’s like a puzzle, trying to figure out how these stats will shape the campground scene in BC!

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