Campsited has just launched its new website and campsite booking engine. They currently list over 1,300 camping, touring and glamping sites in the UK and Ireland, with plans to expand much further. The idea for the business was inspired by founder Finán O’Donoghue’s love of the outdoors and the difficulty he experienced trying to book a camping trip abroad for his family. —
O’Donoghue, from Ireland, grew up camping, exploring Killarney National Park, and hiking the mountains around the town with his Father. When his first child was born, he wanted to impart his love for the outdoors to his son and tried to book a family camping holiday abroad. “Going online to find and book a camping trip was excruciating,” says O’Donoghue. “I spent hours trawling through dozens of websites. None were really easy to use or had a comprehensive choice of bookable campsites around the world. Most also lacked essential details.”
“I realised that if this was my experience, millions of others around the world, eager to get into nature and enjoy time with their families and friends, must be having the same problem. So I decided to do something about it and set up Campsited.com.”
Campsited’s ambition is to become the number one website for booking camping holidays around the world, by offering the most comprehensive directory of bookable campsites, the easiest search facilities and a flawless booking system. “We’re signing up more parks all the time, but there’s already over 1,300 destinations to choose from.”
Campsited currently lists campsites across the UK and Ireland, and has ambitious plans to expand into mainland Europe in 2016, and further afield in 2017.
“In addition to solving the problem of finding and booking campsites, we’re also very excited about the opportunity to get more people outdoors and into nature,” says O’Donoghue.
“Scientists are speaking more and more of “the nature connection”. There is no doubt that being in the outdoors has exponential benefits for us physically and mentally. Our mission is to get more people booking camping trips to enjoy these benefits, by making it as easy as possible,” Finán confirms.
“The market is big and growing. By 2020 we estimate that well over 450 million nights will be spent on camping, touring and holiday parks in Europe alone.”
Campsited took an exciting step forward in late 2015 when they closed their first round of funding. They have just started another funding round that will see the full-time team grow in the coming months, and fund the business for the next 18 months.
Campsited was founded by Finán O’Donoghue. The website and booking engine was designed and developed by him and his team, who combined have well over 30 years’ experience delivering enterprise IT projects and user friendly websites.
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