Campsite

A campsite is a lodging establishment registering and operating a campsite property as a campsite business pursuant to the ‘Tourism Promotion Act’. It includes facilities and equipment suitable for camping, providing convenience for campers, but excludes youth campsites. Campsites are subdivided into general campsites and auto campsites.
Dictionary Definition
A campsite refers to a designated area of land where people on vacation can camp, typically equipped with restrooms and wash facilities.
Statutory Definition
Campsite properties are defined as 'facilities for campsites with a total floor area of less than 300 square meters pursuant to the Tourism Promotion Act, used for purposes such as management buildings, restrooms, showers, shelters, and cooking facilities.' The 'campsite business' is defined as a 'business that provides facilities and equipment suitable for camping and offers convenience for camping tourists.'
Lobin Commentary

The campsite business, under the Tourism Promotion Act, is one of the ‘tourist facility business. Article 2, Paragraph 1, Item (c) of the Tourism Promotion Act defines the campsite business as a ‘business that provides facilities and equipment suitable for camping and offers convenience for campers to tourists, while excluding youth campsites.’ Youth campsites are subject to separate regulations pursuant to the Youth Activity Promotion Act.

Annex 1 of the Enforcement Decree of Building Act defines the campsite as ‘camping facilities with a total floor area of less than 300 square meters used for management buildings, restrooms, showers, shelters, and cooking facilities pursuant to the Tourism Promotion Act.’ This distinguishes campsite facilities from lodging properties. Hence, a campsite is one of the lodging products that use non-lodging properties for lodging businesses.

The campsite business was legalized with the amendment of the Enforcement Decree of Tourism Promotion Act in 1988. At that time, there was an increase in travelers using cars for family trips, but a lack of suitable facilities for them. This led to the establishment of the auto campsite business, which provides facilities suitable for camping, cooking, and parking for travelers using cars. In 2015, the general campsite business was added, and together with the existing auto campsite business, they are collectively referred to as the campsite business. The current Article 2, Paragraph 1, Item (c) of the Enforcement Decree of the Tourism Promotion Act subdivides the campsite business as follows:

  1. General Campsite Business: A business that provides space for installing camping equipment and includes facilities suitable for camping, available for tourists.
  2. Auto Campsite Business: A business that provides space for parking cars and setting up camping equipment next to them, and includes facilities suitable for cooking and other activities, available for tourists using cars.
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Data Source

  • GDP: GDP, Current $US (World Bank Open Data)
  • Establishments: Compendium of Tourism Statistics (UNWTO), Lodging Business Ledger (MOIS)
  • Rooms: Compendium of Tourism Statistics (UNWTO), Lodging Business Ledger (MOIS)
  • Lodging GDP: Value Added by Industry (BEA), National Accounts (Cabinet Office), GDP of Indonesia (BPS), GDP & GNI by Sector (BOK), Economic Census (KOSIS)
  • Period: 2017-2021

※ In Korea, general & residential accommodations are included while rural & urban minbaks are excluded. Comparable countries are selected based upon availability of lodging GDP statistics for all types of accommodations.

Data Source

  • Population: Population, Total (World Bank Open Data)
  • GDP: GDP, Current $US (World Bank Open Data)
  • Rooms: Compendium of Tourism Statistics (UNWTO), Lodging Business Ledger (MOIS)
  • Lodging GDP: Value Added by Industry (BEA), National Accounts (Cabinet Office), GDP of Indonesia (BPS), GDP & GNI by Sector (BOK), Economic Census (KOSIS)
  • Period: 2017-2021

※ In Korea, general & residential accommodations are included while rural & urban minbaks are excluded. Comparable countries are selected based upon availability of lodging GDP statistics for all types of accommodations.

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Data Source

  • Korea: Lodging Business Ledger (MOIS), Tourist Accommodation Ledger (MCST)
  • USA: Census Database (STR)
  • Period: As at the end of 2021

※ General & residential accommodations other than rural and urban minbaks asre included for Korea. Life cycle was calculated as of December 31, 2021 or actual closure date. If there exists a discrepancy between data sources for an establishment, the discrepancy was settled through an algorithm before use.

Data Source

  • Korea: Lodging Business Ledger (MOIS), Tourist Accommodation Ledger (MCST), Economic Census (KOSIS), Hotel Operating Statistics (KHA), DART (FSS), Trends Report (STR)
  • USA: Compendium of Tourism Statistics (UNWTO), Census Database (STR), Trends Report (STR)
  • Period: 2005-2021

※ General & residential accommodations other than rural and urban minbaks asre included for Korea. Visibility was calculated as the number of establishments for which revenue data is available divided by the total number of establishments. If there exists a discrepancy between data sources for an establishment, the discrepancy was settled through an algorithm before use.

Data Source

  • Guests(Korea): Domestic Traveler Survey (MCST), International Traveler Survey (MCST), Hotel Operating Statistics (KHA)
  • Rooms(Korea): Lodging Business Ledger (MOIS), Tourist Accommodation Ledger (MCST)
  • Guests(USA): Compendium of Tourism Statistics (UNWTO), Trends Report (STR)
  • Rooms(USA): Compendium of Tourism Statistics (UNWTO), Census Database (STR)
  • Period: 2005-2020

※ General & residential accommodations other than rural and urban minbaks asre included for Korea. If there exists a discrepancy between data sources for an establishment, the discrepancy was settled through an algorithm before use.