Will Rusbridge reports on the success of the Glamping Show, the UK’s first physical trade show to take place since lockdown.
For visitors and exhibitors, the announcement that the Glamping Show was going ahead was welcome news. The government had put in place strict restrictions to protect people from the ongoing pandemic, and safety was of paramount importance to organisers Swan Events.
Combining both a physical and an online event, The Glamping Show ‘Visit’ was held at the NAEC Stoneleigh and was staged as an outdoor only event, for the first time in its history.
Three uncharacteristically sunny days saw just under 60 companies in attendance. An incredible achievement, the Glamping Show UK was the first trade event to go ahead in the UK since lockdown and is one of very few to take place this year.
With an incredibly rocky start to the year, glamping sites across the country were forced to remain closed until well into the season. It was a very difficult time for the industry, with no clear answers on when sites would be able to reopen. Once they did however, it became clear that glamping was in very high demand. After months of lost business and uncertainty, it’s incredible to see that there has never been a better time to own a glamping site.
Lucy Harris, regional director of Farm Stay UK, said, “We thought the show was a huge success especially in the current situation. There were enough keen and interested visitors and the atmosphere was so friendly and welcoming. I could not believe how many people are considering glamping as a future income, whether they have two acres or 20. I think The Glamping Show has a future for many years to come.”
The Glamping Show ‘Virtual’ was created for anyone who was not able to attend the live event. Visitors could browse exhibitors and watch seminars from over 40 speakers. A highlight was the live glamping debates, hosted by International Glamping Business publisher Steph Curtis-Raleigh. These one hour debates were followed by an hour of virtual networking.
After a difficult year, the glamping industry is seeing an unprecedented surge in popularity. With experts expecting this trend to continue long after the pandemic has ended, 2021 is shaping up to be an important year, and we cannot wait to see what it has in store.
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