Exhibitors and suppliers wear big smiles at the Glamping Show
EXHIBITORS AT last month’s Glamping Show had to endure inclement weather, but they welcomed it with gusto as it meant that they could really showcase how well their structures stood up to Britain’s variable climate and how warm and cosy they stay even when the temperature drops.
Rex Dovey, of Universal Glamping Pods, said: “The high winds and rain, especially on the first day, showed just how strong our structures are and we were also able to showcase our new, innovative heating system, which warmed up many visitors throughout the show.”
Like the sector it represents, the show is constantly evolving and this year it welcomed thousands of visitors from all corners of the UK and overseas throughout the three days, as well as more exhibitors than ever before.
New to the show this year, B&B owner, Andrew, said: “I am in the hospitality business, but I am looking to develop this to a more self-catering offering, so I came to the Glamping Show to look at the different structures and to work out what would suit me, and also see other areas, such as sanitation, and marketing. The show ticked all the boxes for me.”
The knowledge bank evolved this year as the education offered by the show was stepped up a notch with the introduction of a number of short intensive courses which provided visitors with more in-depth know-how on how to run their own glamping site. This was in addition to the hugely popular comprehensive seminar programme and one-to-one Meet the Experts meetings.
Campsite owners Simon and Lisa have been coming to the show for the last three years and they said: “We are in the process of upgrading our campsite to a glamping site. We came specifically to speak to a planning expert and Barry Davies of Davies & Co was extremely helpful in assisting us to dot the is and cross the ts. The show is constantly evolving and we find it really useful to come back each year to keep up with all the changes in structures, services and legislation to make sure that we are offering our guests the best experience we can.”
Jess Holliday, of Yurts For Life, has seen a huge shift in the last three years in how knowledgeable visitors have become and commented: “There has been a massive evolution in the glamping market and in the three years we have been exhibiting we have seen visitors in our first year who were just at the planning stages of their business and now they are coming back knowing exactly what they want. They are now so much more knowledgeable about the industry, and the show has played a huge part in this.”
The organisers of the Glamping Show have teamed up with Kerry Roy of Camp Kátur to launched GlampAid, a new industry charity to help those made homeless by conflict and disaster. Long-time show supporter, TV presenter, author and upcycler Max McMurdo is its ambassador.
Next year’s Glamping Show takes place from Thursday 19-Saturday 21 September 2019.
The weather wasn’t kind at this year’s Glamping Show, but that allowed exhibitors to show what their products could really do