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Toby O’Rourke

Advanced reservations for Memorial Day Weekend are running nearly 7% ahead of advanced reservations for the holiday last year, according to numbers released by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA).

“Our advanced reservations and occupancy rates have been very strong so far this year,” said KOA Chief Franchise Operations Officer Toby O’Rourke. “KOA has set records for performance for the past five years in a row, and this year looks to continue that trend.”

“Our 2017 North American Camping Report research shows that campers are taking more camping trips than they did before, and more than 50% of campers say they plan to camp more this year than last year,” O’Rourke said. “Our performance so far in 2017 would certainly support that.”

The 500 KOA campgrounds throughout North America started off the summer camping season with the annual KOA Care Camps Big Weekend (May 12-13) to benefit chldren with cancer. Campers who stayed as paying guests at participating KOAs on May 12 received a night of camping on May 13 for just $10. All of those proceeds ($117,000) were provided to support KOA Care Camps, a network of 128 specialized oncology summer camps — complete with onsite medical personnel — for children battling cancer.

Occupancy rates for the Care Camps Big Weekend event were up about 4.5% compared to occupancy rates in 2016.

Advanced occupancy rates for Father’s Day Weekend (June 16-18) are also up 10.5% from last year, while advanced occupancy rates for the Fourth of July Weekend are up 12.7% compared to the same time period in 2015. Labor Day Weekend 2017 occupancy numbers are up 21.8% compared to the same period last year.