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Nights spent on camp sites

The purpose of the camping survey is to describe capacity and occupancy on Danish camp sites. The statistics are used by i.e. tourism organizations and municipalities to analyze the development in camping tourism. These statistics have been compiled since 1971, but in its current form comparable from 1992 and onwards.

Statistical presentation

These statistics is a monthly summary of occupancy and capacity in Danish camp sites with a minimum of 75 camping units. The statistics is broken down by nationality, permanent pitches and geography by NUTS 2 level.

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Statistical processing

Data for these statistics are collected monthly from Danish camp sites with a minimum of 75 camping units using an online questionnaire on, or by using a system-to-system solution where the camp site booking system automatically sends its data to Statistics Denmark. Collected data are validated on micro-level during the data collection and again on macro-level when aggregated. The validated data are then imputed with missing values and afterwards aggregated into geographical and nationality totals.

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These statistics are amongst others relevant for accommodation businesses, Eurostat, ministries and business and tourism organizations for forecasts, analysis and planning.

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Accuracy and reliability

These statistics only cover camp sites with at least 75 camping units. Number of nights spent can therefore be underestimated in relation to the overall number of nights spent in camp sites in Denmark. A possible source of error can be that the respondents have difficulties distinguishing between the concepts of nights spent and arrivals. Another possible source of error may be the fact that the reported data is in many cases based on estimations by the respondents. Missing answers are imputed which may lead to revisions of published data.

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Timeliness and punctuality

These statistics are published approx. 40 days after the end of the reference period. Publications are released on time, as stated in the release calendar.

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Statistics Denmark includes nights from permanent leased pitches, which can cause an overestimation compared to other European camping statistics. The number of nationalities has expanded from 13 to 51 nationality groups. This can lead to a lack of consistency when comparing data over time. From 2013, the number of nights on permanent leased pitches is based on factors of average lead times on camp sites. This change may result in a lack of comparability, but it is not expected to be significant.

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Accessibility and clarity

Monthly press releases and publication on our website: CAMP1, CAMP2 and CAMP3.

Annual publications: Statistical Yearbook and Statistical 10-year Review.

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