Camping numbers at the 485 Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) locations in North America over Memorial Day Weekend matched the strong growth KOA experienced over the holiday weekend last year.
According to figures released Tuesday (May 28) by KOA, more than 100,000 campers stayed at KOA campgrounds over the 2013 holiday weekend – the traditional start of the summer camping season.
“Our camping numbers were essentially flat to what we saw on Memorial Day Weekend in 2012,” said KOA Vice President of Marketing Toby Hedges. “But that is still very good news, since our numbers in 2012 were up more than 6% over the Memorial Day Weekend numbers in 2011.”
Hedges said this year’s numbers would likely have easily exceeded those in 2012, except for the large amount of adverse weather in much of the U.S. last weekend.
KOA advanced reservations for the 2013 summer peak season (Memorial Day through Labor Day) continue to be strong at more than 8% over the same period in 2012. Advanced reservations for the 2013 Fourth of July holiday alone are running 15% over the same period in 2012.