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Early Labor Day Numbers Suggest Strong Camping Trends

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When North Americans flock to the great outdoors this weekend, their strong numbers will put a cap on a summer season at Kampgrounds of America.

Advanced reservations for the Labor Day Weekend show an expected 5.3 percent increase in camper nights at KOA’s 485 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

The last big weekend of summer 2015 will continue the streak of big holiday results for KOA, which is up nearly 8 percent in camper nights overall for 2015, compared to the same period in 2014.

This year’s strong camping numbers started in May with KOA’s Care Camps Big Weekend, which combines the start of summer with a fundraising weekend for KOA Care Camps for children with cancer, a network of more than 100 summer camps throughout North America. The May 8-9 event was up more than 2 percent in camper nights compared to 2014.

Next came Memorial Day Weekend on May 23-25, with a nearly 6 percent climb in camper nights. Father’s Day Weekend June 19-21 was up about 13 percent in camper nights compared to 2014, and the July 4th Weekend was up more than 5 percent.

Canadian holidays also have been bright spots this summer. Victoria Day Weekend was up 11.7 percent in camper nights, and Canada Day on July 1 was up a whopping 24 percent in camper nights.

“All of the stars aligned for KOA camping this summer,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier. “Low fuel prices and overall favorable weather played a part, but our owners also did a wonderful job of enhancing the amenities and activities at their campgrounds to provide an even better experience for our guests. When you provide campers with a great camping trip, they come back for more.”

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