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Across the short-term business, KOA experiencedItsveryencouragingtoseemonth-over- the pandemic on camping behavior. growth in all areas. Occupancy in the first half of 2021 wasmonth growth in camping interest among vet- Canadian campers are optimistic for the 2021 65.1% improved over 2020 and 18.5% over 2019.eran and new campers, said Toby ORourke, camping season with 51% planning to campduring the summer months now that restrictions Franchise Stability and Growthpresident and CEO of KOA. While we are still are easing across the country. Whats more, 77% KOAs nine franchise contracts in the second quarter re-seeing outside factors, like COVID and now gas of all campers are considering making up for sulted from three new conversions and six new constructionprices in the U.S., affect travel, camping is not some or all missed camping trips by taking more contacts. Campgrounds in Odessa, Texas; Knoxville, Ill.; andonly proving to be a top vacation option but the camping trips later this summer or into the fall. Junction City, Kan., converted to the KOA system.preferred mode of travel for a growing segment More than half of all Canadian campers indi- Six new construction contracts were signed with KOA in theof the population. cate COVID-19 restrictions limited their camp- second quarter. These new contracts join three new construc-While COVID concerns continue to be the pri- ingtripsbetweenMarchandmid-June2021 tion contracts secured in the first quarter and 12 KOA camp-maryreasonforchangestocampingplans when the survey was conducted. A majority of grounds already in planning or construction stages.(40%), financial concerns and gas prices are also campers, 78%, said they had to change their As an indication of franchisee satisfaction, KOA also had aconsiderations. Nearly 7-in-10 campers say that camping plans due to COVID-related reasons. 100% renewal rate on existing franchise contracts in the sec-climbing gas prices could affect their summer Even so, many campers are frustrated at not ond quarter of 2021.camping plans. being able to camp so far this year. Two-thirds ofNotably, 31% of campers say that gas prices campers think that there should have been some Expansion of the Corporate Portfoliowill have no impact on upcoming camping trips. loosening of restrictions by the Canadian gov- KOA isnt just seeing growth from the franchise business butMost campers say that higher prices will cause ernment to allow for people to camp during thethem to take fewer trips (37%) or trips that are pandemic. is also actively expanding its owned campground portfolio. Incloser to home (33%). To view the full findings of the KOA Monthly the second quarter of the year, KOA acquired two new camp-KOA also highlighted that Canadian campers Research ReportJuly Edition, past and future grounds, both of which were previously franchised KOA loca-are ready and eager to get out and reconnect editions and review the research methodology, tions. The company added Naples KOA Holiday in Maine andwith nature and with each other: 67% say they go to www.koapressroom.com/ WCM Asheville East KOA Holiday to their owned campground loca-want to get out and camp immediately or very tions. WCM34 September 2021 Woodalls Campground Magazine'