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Washington, DC, January 21, 2011 – Almost 40 million Americans participated in camping last year, according to a new study released today by The Outdoor Foundation, Coleman and Kampgrounds of America (KOA). That equates to more than 14 percent of Americans over age six. The findings are part of the 2011 Special Report on Camping, a leading report tracking American participation in camping.

This extended 54-page Special Report on Camping provides data and analysis on camping participation in the United States, including psychographic profiles, camping preferences and buying behavior. The Report also explores opportunities in the camping industry and the overall future of camping. The findings are based on an online survey of more than 40,000 Americans ages six and older and a supplemental survey of camping participants 18 and older.

“The Special Report on Camping shows that camping endures as part of the American outdoor tradition – accommodating any lifestyle and giving access to any outdoor experience,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of The Outdoor Foundation. “Thanks to support and commitment of Coleman and KOA, the Report provides first-of-its-kind information on camping trends, which should be of great interest to everyone in the outdoor community – especially those of us focused on inspiring future generations of enthusiasts.”

The study found that introducing children to camping at a young age is vital to their participation as adults. Half of all current campers ages 18 and over experienced their first camping trip before they reached the age of seven. Only nine percent of all adult camping participants tried camping for the first time after age 19.

“KOA has been serving the camping public for 50 years and believes that it is essential to evaluate key outdoor sector and camper trends to continually respond to the diverse outdoor hospitality needs of Americans and international visitors”, said Jim Rogers, Chairman and CEO of Kampgrounds of America. “KOA was pleased to have participated in this special report and looks forward to working with its outdoor partners to use this information to better serve and grow the outdoor marketplace.”

The insights detailed in the 2011 Special Report on Camping are critical to understanding both campers and non-campers and building participation in the activity. Additional findings include:

Overview of Camping Participation

  • Almost 40 million Americans went camping in 2010 for a total of 514.8 million outings.
  • On average, each camping participant spent almost 13 days camping.
  • More than three-quarters of participants are planning 3+ camping trips in the next year.
  • Over three-quarters of campers participate in multiple outdoor activities.

Profile of a Camper

  • Family is the most popular camping companion for 35 to 54 year olds.
  • More than 90 percent of campers hiked during their last in-season trip.
  • In the last 12 months, 86 percent of campers went on a camping trip during the summer.
  • Over 50 percent of campers are motivated to go camping simply because they enjoy the act of camping.

Buying Behavior

  • Younger campers are most likely to buy backpacks, while older campers are most likely to buy propane lighting.
  • Sixty-one percent of campers say they spend about the same amount on recreation in 2010 as they did in 2009.
  • Most new and replacement camping purchases are planned at home before taking the camping trip.

Future of Camping

  • Nearly a quarter of frequent campers say their camping trips over the last three years have become longer and more frequent.
  • The most cited reasons for reducing the number of trips are a lack of time due to work and family commitments.
  • Almost half of all respondents say their fathers took them camping for the first time.

To download a complete copy of the 2011 Special Report on Camping, visit The Outdoor Foundation website at http://www.outdoorfoundation.org.

New Berlin, PA – A new company, Campground Expositions, backed by several influential businesses in the Campground industry, is preparing to launch the first VIRTUAL convention in the outdoor hospitality industry. The 3-day live on-line Internet event, slated to take place on November 1-3, 2010 is called “The Virtual Outdoor Hospitality Expo. ”

The convention, held entirely on the Internet, has the appearance of the real event, with a registration area, exhibit halls, a conference center for webinars, a lounge, press room and unlimited space for it all. Because the show is on the Internet, this will become the first International outdoor hospitality event, attracting exhibitors and attendees from all over the world. The Expo will target RV parks, campgrounds, resorts, lodging cabin parks, marinas, state and national parks, dude ranches, outfitters and guiding companies, canoeing, paddlesports, fishing and hunting camps.

Although the LIVE show hours are officially Noon – 6 PM Eastern Time during the days of the expo, the exhibit booths will remain open for several months following the event and exhibitor materials will remain accessible and viewable to campgrounds around the US and internationally.

Campground Expositions has already received booth and sponsorship commitments from major suppliers from the campground industry. Show Producers have emphasized that this virtual convention will not replace the reality- based conventions held by hospitality associations, but is a supplement to shows that already exist.

However, a virtual expo does have some major advantages to exhibitors and attendees alike. Most importantly, the reduced cost for attending will result in savings of all travel and related costs for both attendees and exhibitors. For exhibitors specifically, additional savings will result from avoiding hotel accommodations, food costs, car rentals, shipping and drayage, booth furnishings, decoration and personnel registration fees. It is anticipated that exhibitor savings will also result in special show offers and discounts for shoppers.

All booths at the Virtual Outdoor Hospitality Expo will be 4-booth islands and all will contain the most current audio and video technology. Attendees will be able to have a video and audio chat with exhibitors, view or download the exhibitor’s catalogs or promotional materials, view websites or e-mail addresses or actually call the exhibitor via telephone.

Conversely, exhibitors will have instant complete information on the attendee who has “entered” their booth or they can locate a visitor who is anywhere in the virtual convention center.

Campground Expositions will also offer educational events along with the expo including expert keynote speakers and others who will be conducting the webinars at the convention. Attendees will be able to view these webinars live or download webinars that have already been run. A complete schedule of events will be listed in the Show Directory that will contain the names of all sponsors and exhibitors, booth locations and all personnel “manning” booths. Attendees can merely click on the Sponsor’s or Exhibitor’s name to be taken to their booth. The Directory will be viewable and downloadable to every attendee or any other campground whether they attend the event or not.

Producers of the event have stated that they will be announcing the names of participating sponsors and exhibitors in the near future. They have stated that many of the media outlets for the industry have committed to advertising the event in order to attract attendees.

The Producers hope to obtain the cooperation and the participation of the US State and Regional Associations and the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC). They also will be contacting the European Federation of Campingsite Organisations, which represent resort and campground owners from 22 Countries, the Caravan, RV Accommodation Industry of Australia, Top Tourist Parks of Australia and the Canadian camping associations who they hope will also participate in the Expo.

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