Eight Helpful Tips To Go From Camping to Glamping
Are you a campsite owner? Have you thought about adding some glamping tents to your campsite? Doing so is a great way to widen and grow your target market. Glamping tents will also move your campsite upmarket. But where do you begin? Here are eight tips to help you get started in the right direction.
Consider what both your existing and potential guests want
Talk to your current guests and ask if they would be interested in glamping. Do the existing guests want better more luxurious facilities? Do the guests get excited hearing about air-conditioned tents with bathrooms? Your current guests may very well be interested in glamping opportunities, but more people could be interested in such an opportunity. Adding glamping tents can allow your campsite to reach a whole new audience. This audience includes those who might not have ever considered a typical camping holiday but who would consider a luxurious glamping holiday.
Take a lesson from others
More and more campsite owners are switching from only offering traditional camping options to either only offering glamping options or a combination of the two. Look at these campsites and learn from them. Read and review how they carried out their changes. Visit some glamping sites and try them out for yourself to gain insight and learn from your own glamorous camping experience.
Select the right type of glamping accommodation for your guests
So, you have made the decision to add luxurious tents to your campsite and are ready to make the change to glamping. Now you need to make the right choice in the type of accommodation to best suit your guests. Your target audience will help you determine the type of glamping accommodation you need. For example, if you are attracting couples looking for an affordable, simple glamping experience then the Woody Junior is an ideal choice. On the other hand, if you are targeting families then the Safari Cabin would be a better choice.
It is a process to change from camping to glamping. This process does not have to happen all at once. It is not necessary to replace all your existing accommodation at the same time. You can start by offering a range of various options. Begin the process by adding a few glamping tents and see how things go for the first season. After seeing how the first season went, you can begin making plans for future seasons.
Pay attention to the layout
A popular choice among many campsite owners is to create a separate field with glamping accommodation. The layout you create should create a certain atmosphere that will be most attractive to the type of guests you are wanting to attract. Couples tend to want more privacy so you should create a layout that allows plenty of space between the glamping tents. The glamping tents should also face one direction to optimize guest privacy. Families, groups of friends, or event groups such as wedding parties will want an atmosphere more conducive to communal and social interactions. In this case, you would want a layout that places the glamping tents in a circle around a shared central space.
Speak with the local authorities
If you have an established campsite then you should already be familiar with local regulations and the local authorities. It is a good idea to talk to the local authorities about any specific rules or regulations that may apply when adding glamping accommodation to your campsite.
Highlight your glamping site
After you have set up the glamping tents and are ready for guests to arrive, then reach out to your previous guests and let them know about this new exciting opportunity. Update your website with information about the changes. Make sure you take some beautiful photographs to add to the update. Consider contacting agents who focus on glamping and collaborate with them to boost your new business.
Make your campsite stand out
If there is room in the budget, then think about adding extra facilities and luxuries. You could add a private hot tub or offer breakfast service. These types of offerings can really improve your campsite and create a truly memorable holiday experience for your guests.
If you want to find out more about transforming your campsite into a glamping experience, get in touch. We’re happy to help!