TexasCampgrounds.com, the web portal for researching and booking reservations at private campgrounds and RV resorts, saw a 15.4% increase in unique visitors in May, setting an all-time record.
“We think the record numbers of unique visitors to TexasCampgrounds.com will translate into strong business for private campgrounds and RV parks this summer,” said Brian Schaeffer, president and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), which manages the site. TACO reported 21,781 unique visits to TexasCampgrounds.com in May, compared to 18,867 in May of 2008. The previous record of 20,945 unique visitors was set in March.
Campground owners, for their part, say their occupancies and revenue are keeping pace with or exceeding last year’s figures, including The Vineyards Campground and Cabins in Grapevine, which has seen a 10% increase in occupancy for the past eight months, according to manager Joe Moore, who added that occupancy increases took place along with a 34% increase in revenue.
“We’re literally booked,” Moore said. “The first available weekends that we have anything available are in mid-August.”
Rayford Crossing in Spring has experienced a 10% increase in occupancy during the first five months of this year along with a 13% increase in revenue, said park owner Gwen Craig. “We are getting a lot of bookings for this month, a lot of online reservations,” she said. “Our rally business is really up, even with the heat of Texas. We have as many big groups as we can handle in July and August.”
In the Hill Country, Guadalupe River RV Resort in Kerrville is seeing an uptick in business as well and expects to exceed last year’s occupancy and revenue figures, said park owner Don Temple. “I’d be terribly surprised if we weren’t as busy this summer as last year,” he said.
TexasCampgrounds.com features a searchable database of nearly 400 campgrounds and RV parks in every region of Texas, roughly half of which offer campsites and cabins that can be booked online through the same website. Most visitors to TexasCampgrounds.com also request a copy of the 2009 Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide.
For more statistics or other information involving the latest camping trends in Texas, contact Brian Schaeffer at (817) 307-0129 or visit the association’s website at www.texascampgrounds.com.