- Visitation at destinations within the U.S. National Park System is up by more than 2 percent from 2013 levels, and the National Park Service is preparing to launch a major promotion effort — Find Your Park — to help celebrate its 100th anniversary, which officially occurs on August 25, 2016.
- X-Use of public and private campgrounds is rising. Peak season business for 2014 was up substantially from 2013 levels, according to Kampgrounds of America (KOA), America’s largest network of private campgrounds. Camper nights across the United States were up 3.7 percent, contributing to strong overall revenue growth of 8.6 percent.
- Overnight stays in national park campgrounds, though, continue to decline. In some cases, campgrounds are full during peak seasons, but sites are occupied by fewer people. In other cases, a need for upgrades and a lack of promotion may be causing the slowdown.
ARC’s full report is available at http://tinyurl.com/m99kfjs.