Travel fans, nature lovers and travelers looking for something a little different this summer can rejoice, as more than 1800 campgrounds across the US and Canada are now available to be booked directly on the Booking.com platform. As the cost of flight tickets abroad, hotel stays and everything else in between continues to rise exponentially – not to mention the problems at the airports – camping trips look likely to be a hit amongst travelers looking for a more cost effective staycation this summer, and booking a stay at a campsite just got a whole lot easier.
With so many different locations and type of camping ground to choose from, the recent integration between Campspot and Booking.com will bring the joy of camping, nature and the great outdoors to millions of travelers this summer and beyond. Here’s everything travelers need to know about the integration between the two travel platforms, and why camping could be set to become the new travel trend this summer.
Camping Just Got Easier – Information For Travelers
When it comes to looking for a place to spend an unforgettable vacation, travelers in North America might want to consider their own backyard as a place to start. The US and Canada are home to some of the most beautiful national parks in the world, and play host to not only world-class beach destinations, but snow-capped mountains, otherworldly rock formations, stunning lakes and lush, rolling plains that travelers would be hard pressed to beat in other countries around the world.
Whilst hotels have their comforts and apartments their charms, many would argue that the best way to experience all that the continent has to offer is through camping – and millions agree. According to the North American Camping Report 2021, 48.2 million households camped at least once in 2020, with 10 million first time campers counted amongst them. Many of these camping bookings were made through Campspot, the leading provider of campground reservation software – and now Campspot camp sites are set to be available for booking on Booking.com.
One of the world’s most popular accommodation booking platforms, Booking.com is likely to bring a huge amount of exposure to the world of camping, with Campspot’s 1,800 campgrounds set to become available through the market leading booking platform. By showing campsites along with traditional hotels, it could go some way towards swaying those who hadn’t previously considered taking a camping vacation to give it a go – bringing a whole new audience to camping along with traditional enthusiasts and recent pandemic-era converts.
Camping is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to take a vacation in North America, highlighted by the fact that the total revenue of parks on Campspot grew by 467% when comparing the first quarter of 2022 to the first quarter of 2021 – an encouraging statistic given that countries began to ease their entry requirements over the last year. With the cost of traveling abroad reaching new highs, the popularity of camping could be set to rise even further.
Whilst the move to integrate with Booking.com will help promote camping to millions more potential customers, Campspot has no plans of stopping there. The campground reservation software company – proudly “created by campground owners for campground owners” – has their eyes set on partnering with other giants of the accommodation industry such as Airbnb and Vrbo over the next few months, bringing the potential exposure of camping trips to all new highs.
Speaking about their plans, Michael Scheinman, the CEO of Campspot, said:
“Having spent over a decade in traditional online travel, I know first-hand how valuable these marketplaces can be to attracting new guests… there is a big audience beyond traditional camping guests, and sites like Booking.com, Airbnb, and Vrbo are a great way to reach that demographic.”
With a wide range of different accommodation types available, from RVs to cabin, tent camping to glamping, there’s a camping trip to suit every traveler – and now, it’s never been easier to find one.
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Sunday 26th of June 2022
Never even heard of campspot. How will this compare to recreation.gov? I suppose these are private campgrounds mostly? ...yes, that's what it looks like, just plugged in a city. Looks geared more to RVs then tent camping.
Kind of silly I think this integration for many. But maybe somebody will find it useful.
Sunday 26th of June 2022
I am so so mad with Booking.com I could scream! Rented a room in Mexico City that was misrepresented on their website. Place only had one room which was the pits and refused to stay in this filthy place. When booking another facility I was told I would be reimbursed but of course not!!
Sunday 26th of June 2022
@Susan Frosch, dispute the charge with your credit card and you will get your money back. Send in screen shoots and make a good case. It's worth your time. If you paid via another means learn from that and only pay travel reservations with a credit card for extra protection from scammers. I once got around $330 back from the worst scammers of them all. They are called RyanAir. They wouldn't check my family in early at the airport. Once they opened they said I was too slow to get to the check in desk even though we were there 3 hours early. They wouldn't let us board unless we paid the scam fee. I petitioned it and won. I almost paid them in cash and pulled the cash back at the last second and paid by card. I figured I would let the credit card company see if they thought this was ethical and honest. Visa felt that my rights were violated and refunded the money. Lol... I still fly with them. I thought I would be banned but I'm not. My wife travel internationally almost every month and we still sometimes get scammed by low budget airlines even when we read everything. If the scam is small we sometimes just laugh that they got us.