Amid the ongoing pandemic and shifts toward outdoor recreation, campgrounds and RV parks report a major surge in bookings, CampgroundViews.com reported.
A recent survey of 2,100 campgrounds and RV parks nationwide found that 39% of locations report a 20% to 49% increase in advanced bookings for late summer and early fall. An additional 23% of locations report an increase of more than 50%.
“We are up 36% in forward bookings, with many still booking for this September and October, and for 2022 already,” said Billie McNamara, general manager of Loon’s Haven Family Campground in Maine. “Our weekends are fully booked until the week after Labor Day and hardly any weekdays are available, as well.”
CampgroundViews.com said the survey trends backed anecdotal evidence that outdoors travel remains hot.
“Tools like our new Campground Virtual Tours are quickly gaining favor as more tech-savvy travelers seek out lesser-known campgrounds,” said Mark Koep, founder and CEO of CampgroundViews.com. “We are improving the camper experience by empowering travelers to see and click to book their next campsite.”
The company recently launched its campground virtual tours and amassed an active tour library equal to 25% of Recreation.gov family campgrounds.
“In an uncertain world, the outdoor hospitality industry has served as a viable escape for hundreds of millions of travelers around the world,” Koep said. “We expect the industry to continue its record pace well into 2022.”