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The Dyrt Report: Majority of Campers Cancel or No-Show Reservations

A significant trend in camping shows that only 42.7% of campers used all the reservations they made in 2023, according to a new report by The Dyrt, a camping application. 

The Dyrt’s 2024 Camping Report reveals an increase in booking difficulties—four times harder in 2023 than in 2019. This change is attributed to a rise in the popularity of camping and fewer available spots.

Campers facing the challenge of securing campsites often resort to overbooking to ensure they have a place to stay, which leads to later cancellations. According to a press release, Ryan B., a camper from Montana, explains his strategy: “I canceled a reservation last season because I was on a multiday trip and used the reservation as a placeholder to make sure we had a site in the relative area where we were looking. I ended up finding a prime site and canceled our reservation.”

The data suggests that most campers are considerate in their cancellation timing. 87.3% canceled with more than 48 hours’ notice, while 32.2% canceled with less than 48 hours’ notice. Despite these cancellations, the problem of vacant spots at campsites previously marked as full remains persistent.

To address the issue of last-minute vacancies, Kevin Long, CEO of The Dyrt, introduced a solution: “It breaks my heart to see vacant campsites at ‘sold-out’ campgrounds because I know there’s a camper who wanted to stay there and is missing out on an awesome experience,” he said. The Dyrt Alerts, a feature developed by the app, notifies campers immediately when a reservation becomes available at a fully booked or sold-out campground.

However, not all reservations lead to actual stays. In 2023, 14.9% of campers did not show up for their booked reservations. Public campgrounds, which are typically more affordable, experience higher no-show rates due to the minimal financial penalty for not canceling a reservation. In response, California has enacted a law encouraging campers to cancel at least a week in advance to mitigate this issue.

Demographically, the likelihood of failing to show varies significantly. Millennials and Gen Z are 52.6% more likely than Gen Xers and Baby Boomers to not show up for a reservation. Additionally, income plays a role in this behavior; campers earning more than $250,000 a year are more than twice as likely to forgo their reservations compared to those earning less than $50,000.

This pattern of cancellations and no-shows reflects broader trends and challenges within the outdoor hospitality industry. Stakeholders, including campground managers and reservation system operators, are increasingly faced with adapting to these trends. Adjustments to reservation systems and cancellation policies may be necessary to accommodate the dynamic nature of camping demand.

The data from The Dyrt becomes invaluable for campground operators and RV park owners. It helps to understand campers’ behavioral patterns and campground owners’ operational challenges. The insights from such data can drive policy changes and innovations in how campgrounds manage reservations and occupancy.

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zestfulZoe
zestfulZoe
April 30, 2024 2:44 pm

Ever heard about the California camper penalty? Cancel early to save those extra bucks. Let’s be considerate campers and keep those spots free for others!

Gia Sunrise
Gia Sunrise
May 1, 2024 12:50 pm
Reply to  zestfulZoe

Cancel those reservations early to free up spots for fellow campers and save some cash! California camper penalty? Let me tell you, it’s no joke! Being considerate and proactive helps everyone have a shot at enjoying the great outdoors.

WeaverQuilt70
WeaverQuilt70
May 1, 2024 3:32 am
Reply to  zestfulZoe

I’ve heard about that California camper penalty! It can be a real bummer if you’ve got reservations and end up not being able to make it. Let’s all try to be mindful of canceling in advance so others can enjoy those spots! It’s all about being considerate and thinking ahead for everyone’s benefit.

VanessaMist
VanessaMist
May 1, 2024 7:27 am
Reply to  WeaverQuilt70

Let’s remember to be courteous with cancellations. Have you ever tried setting reminders for your camping reservations to avoid missing them? It can really help!

LaylaStar
LaylaStar
April 30, 2024 6:56 pm
Reply to  zestfulZoe

Canceling early is key to saving those extra bucks and being considerate to fellow campers. It’s like missing out on a tasty campfire treat when you don’t show up. And that California camper penalty? Tough stuff, heard it can be a real bummer.

BlueJaguar77
BlueJaguar77
April 30, 2024 4:22 pm

Ever find yourself wondering why some campers bail on reservations? It’s cool to see efforts like those from The Dyrt and California to tackle this. Some campgrounds are stepping up with stricter cancellation policies and tech upgrades, like waitlists. What’s your take on these solutions?

sereneSara
sereneSara
May 1, 2024 9:31 am

Have you heard about the latest scoop from The Dyrt Report? It’s surprising that most campers are bailing on their reservations these days. Kind of unexpected, right? Just goes to show, you never know what trends will pop up in the camping world!

Iris Flight
Iris Flight
May 1, 2024 10:31 am

Just wanted to share an interesting tidbit about campers and reservations! It’s crucial to be considerate when booking spots, given the no-show rates. Let’s help each other out by being mindful and prompt with cancellations.

DrakeForest
DrakeForest
May 1, 2024 1:11 pm

Let’s remind each other to be considerate with cancellations. Being mindful of reservations ensures everyone gets a shot at enjoying the outdoors. Let’s make camping awesome for all!

Achieve4All-99y
Achieve4All-99y
May 2, 2024 1:55 am
Reply to  DrakeForest

Treat others’ bookings as you’d like yours treated. Let’s keep the outdoors fun for everyone! In the world of camping, kindness is the best tent you can pitch.

Xena Night
Xena Night
May 1, 2024 1:18 pm

Hey campers, check this out! The Dyrt’s Dyrt Alerts feature rocks! It’s a game-changer for snagging last-minute campsites. No more missed chances. it’s all about spontaneous outdoor fun!

FinnHarbor
FinnHarbor
May 1, 2024 2:36 pm
Reply to  Xena Night

Oh no, what if we keep missing out on campsites? Gotta be quick with bookings! Remember that time we almost missed out on that amazing camping spot?

Matthew Campbell
Matthew Campbell
May 1, 2024 3:49 pm

Isn’t it cool how camping tech is stepping up? Campgrounds setting clearer policies is a win-win for both us campers and site operators. What are your thoughts on this positive shift towards reducing no-shows?

digitalDave
digitalDave
May 1, 2024 8:49 pm

I truly believe that by encouraging responsible camping habits and reducing no-shows, we can make our outdoor adventures more sustainable and enjoyable. Let’s all do our part to make every camping spot count!

QuinnRiver
QuinnRiver
May 1, 2024 10:14 pm
Reply to  digitalDave

Let’s pack patience and communicate changes early. Remember, every campsite is a treasure trove. Together, we can ace responsible camping and cherish every moment under the stars!

s4mbl3cr4wl-90
s4mbl3cr4wl-90
May 1, 2024 9:11 pm

Can you believe how many campers are canceling or no-showing for reservations? It’s surprising! Trying to tackle this problem by tightening cancellation rules and educating campers sounds like a solid plan. What do you think about this unexpected camping dilemma?

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