Most Campers Cancel or No-Show Reservations, Report Finds

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      Tory Jon
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          Less than half of campers (42.7%) used all the reservations they made in 2023, according to The Dyrt’s 2024 Camping Report. This statistic highlights a trend where campers book more sites than they use.

          The report also noted that 14.9% of campers did not show up for their reservations at least once in 2023.

          Campers often book multiple sites as a strategy to secure a spot, knowing they might cancel some. A majority of campers who cancelled did so with ample notice. Specifically, 87.3% cancelled more than 48 hours in advance, while 32.2% cancelled closer to their planned date.

          This is a little disheartening as it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a camping spot these days.

          To address this issue, The Dyrt introduced “The Dyrt Alerts,” a feature notifying campers of last-minute cancellations at otherwise full campgrounds.

          CampScanner by Harvest Hosts is another service that will notify you immediately when a campsite opens up.

          And at least one state has taken action, California, which enacted a law encouraging campers to cancel their reservations more than a week in advance to mitigate this issue.

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              Yet another reason it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to find a campground

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              kdewall
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                  The amount of no-shows is a little surprising. I’d assume most campgrounds still charge them. Still sucks for those that couldn’t find a place to stay though when there’s an empty spot sitting there.

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