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Majority of Campers Plan to Camp Again in 2022

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Seventy percent (70%) of those who camped last year plan to do so again in 2022, according to the KOA Monthly Research Report – January Edition.

Outlook for this year’s camping industry growth is looking good, with 22% of campers booking their trips three to five months in advance, according to a press release.

KOA’s Monthly Research Reports provide a timely snapshot that builds upon the findings of Kampgrounds of America, Inc’s (KOA) annual North American Camping Report released each April.

Camping has become the preferred way to enjoy the outdoors over the past year, and our research indicates that will continue,” said KOA Chief Marketing Officer Whitney Scott.

“It’s encouraging to see intent to camp remaining strong in 2022 with both veteran and new camping markets.”

The report showed that most campers are booking their trips at least a month in advance. Twenty-two percent (22%) are booking three to five months prior to their journey, while 20% of campers book one to two months in advance. Meanwhile, 17% prefer to book their camping trip a full six to 12 months before their travel.

“It’s no surprise that more campers mean more advanced bookings,” Scott said. “Our advanced reservations are up over 51% over 2021 numbers. While it’s certainly possible to reserve great campgrounds on short notice, we are seeing the booking window lengthen. As an organization, KOA.com is adapting to the demand by making sites in regions easier to find and easier to book.”

This year,  factors impacting camping plans – whether positively or negatively – include rising COVID cases (33%) and weather conditions (28%). However, 29% of campers say nothing is changing their plans for the year.

Colorado, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania are this year’s top travel destinations. Campers plan to spend most camping nights at national parks, state parks, and private campgrounds.

This month alone, 4.24 million households plan to camp to start the year.

To view the full findings of the KOA Monthly Research Report – January Edition, past and future editions, and review the research methodology, visit the KOA Press Room.

About Kampgrounds of America

Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA) is the world’s largest system of open-to-the-public campgrounds with 525 locations across the U.S. and Canada united under the mission of “connecting people to the outdoors and each other.” The industry leader in outdoor hospitality, KOA’s family of campground brands – KOA Journey, KOA Holiday, and KOA Resort – offer sites and amenities designed for every type of camping experience. In addition to unrivaled brand visibility, KOA offers campground owners unparalleled support, marketing, and technology. The company’s proprietary reservation software, K2, delivers campgrounds a completive advantage within the market. Founded in 1962 in Billings, Mont., KOA now serves more than a million camping families each year, who rely on the standards of excellence and unique outdoor adventures for which KOA is known. For more information, visit KOA.com.

About Cairn Consulting Group

Cairn Consulting Group is a market research firm with extensive experience in the hospitality and services industries. For the past several years, Cairn Consulting Group has worked with organizations in both indoor and outdoor hospitality, including the gaming/casino areas, food services/restaurant space, accommodations, travel/tourism, and the products and services that are a part of the hospitality industry. The organization also serves clients in branding/brand positioning efforts, evaluating consumer behavior, public opinion & policy, and product development.

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