North American Camping Report

A special edition of the 2020 North American Camping Report gauges leisure travelers’ attitudes toward camping for the remainder of 2020 and beyond. Special Report: North American Camping and the Effects of COVID-19 is now available for distribution and use by the media.

2020 Special Report

The COVID-19 edition of the North American Camping Report reveals implications to the camping market, including when and how travelers might prefer to resume travel activity. Findings were based on a survey conducted of North American leisure travelers – April 27-30, 2020 in order to obtain real-time perspective on camping. This new research shows the camping industry may rebound sooner than other forms of travel, and may even gain strength later in the year, due to its consideration as a safe way to resume travel among COVID-19 health precautions.

Stay tuned for additional 2020 camping market findings from the annual North American Camping Report research initiative, sponsored by Kampgrounds of America, coming soon.

North American Camping and the Effects of COVID-19 key findings:

  • Campers plan to take their planned camping trip this year, and non-campers say they are now interested in camping due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Leisure travelers – including both campers and non-campers – rank camping as the safest form of travel to resume once restrictions are lifted.
  • Camping, glamping and road trips may replace other types of planned trips in 2020.
  • COVID-19 concerns will impact how campers camp in the short term, including smaller group sizes, camping closer to home and accommodation choices.
  • Interest in RV camping among both campers and non-campers can be attributed to concerns of cleanliness at other accommodations like hotels or resorts, as well as interest in avoiding communal facilities.
  • Once travelers feel it is safe to travel again, spending time outdoors with family is what leisure travelers are looking forward to most.

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