Authorities for sports and tourism in China recently issued guidelines to promote the creation of more public camping campsites to promote green economics and sustainable tourism, according to a report by China Daily.
Per the guidelines that are in place, rural homestays that are to the point of being closed are advised to use their facilities to provide camping services to tourists.
Tourism resorts, tourist sites, parks located in remote areas, and parks for sports can offer designated camping areas. In addition, parks in urban areas are encouraged to provide areas like grassland or vacant land for day campers who do not have to stay in camps or tents.
Different camping areas, like those for recreational vehicles, are accessible to the general public. Tourism businesses or campsite owners are encouraged to incorporate cultural aspects into their offerings.
The guidelines require operators of campsites to obtain health permits and official food and fire security approval. They should also strengthen their supervision of the safety of campers.
The owners of campsites must clearly label the prices of products and services and give customers accurate and up-to-date details when they promote their services.
The guidelines were released from 14 of the major departments that, include The National Development and Reform Commission as well as the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Fang Zexi, an analyst from Trip.com Group, an online travel agent, said the guidelines support the creation of camping websites that can meet people’s requirements for recreation in suburban areas.
She also said that the number of orders for camping items on their platform increased 30 times this year compared to the previous year, with an average of 1,027 Yuan ($143), a year-on-year increase of more than 10 percent. The platform sells camping gear in more than 152 Chinese cities.
The figures from Tujia, an online property rental platform and homestay operator, demonstrate that homestays with camping on the platform increased sixfold, and homestay reservations doubled in 2022 over 2019.
Jinlv Consulting, a travel research company, predicted in a recent study that the Chinese market for camping will be worth 178 billion yuan in the next year, an increase of 46.3% from the previous year.
The report stated that the camping industry in the United States is facing particular challenges. For instance, camping facilities are easily affected by weather conditions, and the absence of professional camping services and management is also a hindrance to the industry’s growth.