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NH Campground Owners Predict Business Up 10% for 2010 Season
Memorial Day weekend will be a busy one for state’s campgrounds

EPSOM, NH -- The summer camping season in the Granite State traditionally kicks off on Memorial Day weekend. In contrast to last years’ rainy month of May, this year, spring came early and with warm, sunny weather predicted for the weekend and advance reservations strong, the summer of 2010 is looking great for the camping industry.

“We think camping could be up as much as 10% this summer over last year” said Gregg Pitman, executive director of the NH Campground Owner’s Association. “The outlook for the economy is better, gas prices are stable, the weather has been great this spring, and advance reservations are running ahead of last year.”

“Memorial day looks good!” said Pam Feldhouse, owner, with husband Jim, of Cedar Pond Campground in Milan, NH. “Most of our rentals are full and our tent sites are busy. With the good weather forecast we’ll probably have a full house.”

Gregg Goldberg, manager of Sandy Beach RV Resort in Contoocook, said, “We’re looking great for the holiday weekend as well as the remainder of the season.”

Woodmore Family Campground in Rindge, NH is predicting a better 2010 than 2009. “Memorial Day weekend has been booked full for more than two months,” said owner Christine Bouchie. “We are already 80% booked for July 4th weekend, and we already have 45% of the number of reservations booked for this season that we had in all of 2009.”

There are approximately 230 campgrounds in New Hampshire, most of which are privately owned. While non-campers perceive believe that most camping enthusiasts seek solitude, enjoy roughing it, and still cook over open fires and sleep in tents, the reality is a little different.

Most experienced campers don’t camp in tents. They own pop-up campers, trailers or recreational vehicles outfitted with kitchens, bathrooms, heat, air conditioning and television costing anywhere from $20,000-$150,000.

While an affordable campsite is important, today’s camper wants to “ease it” not rough it. They expect comfort and convenience. Clean restrooms and hot showers are a must. So are campground amenities that include electric, waste and water hookups; a lake, river or swimming pool on-site or nearby, and activities for children and adults. Cable television and wireless Internet access are increasingly on their list of expectations.

According to Pitman, “Camping is a social activity. It represents quality time spent with friends and family, sharing a host of activities during the day and relaxing time around the campfire during the evening.”

While their expectations for creature comforts have changed over 100 years, the emotional needs of campers who come to New Hampshire have not, says Pitman.

“Campers crave a natural experience that includes mountains, lakes, rivers, forests and beautiful scenery. New Hampshire was made for camping,” he said.

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For information:
Gregg Pitman NH Campground Owners Association: 603-545-2297

About the New Hampshire Campground Owners Association
The New Hampshire Campground Owners’ Association is a statewide organization, founded in 1960 to promote overnight and seasonal camping in New Hampshire. The Association is dedicated to the promotion of quality camping, providing educational seminars and assistance to campground owners for the promotion of their individual properties. Information on NH camping and free camping guide available at www.ucampnh.com .

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