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Tent camping reservations were up 14% in state parks in 2005, according to statistics compiled by ReserveAmerica which provides facilities with an online reservation service.
John McDonald, Reserve America’s senior manager of marketing and communications, offered several explanations for the increase.
“We get feedback from our customers that family bonding is the largest reason for going camping,” he said. “Sitting around the campfire with family is the most popular activity. In addition, RV owners like to bring their families camping when they travel and many times book a nearby campsite for their family to use, often for tent camping.”
Tent campers account for just fewer than 60% of ReserveAmerica’s reservations, McDonald said, adding, “our current business surrounds mainly public campgrounds rather than privately owned parks.”
ReserveAmerica’s state park clients include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The company also handles online reservations for federal land management agencies, including the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.