The Glamping Show Americas 2023, a pivotal event in the luxury camping business, commences today, October 3, offering a rich blend of insights, innovations, and networking opportunities for industry professionals.
The event, held until tomorrow, October 4, is set to deliver a wealth of knowledge through its meticulously planned agenda, ensuring participants are abreast of the latest trends, strategies, and practices in the glamping business sector.
Day one of the event, today, is packed with a variety of sessions and activities. The day kicks off with a crucial “Glamping Americas 2023 State of the Industry Report” at 9:00 am MT, providing a detailed review of the past year, development insights, changes, trends, and a forward-looking perspective based on industry insights.
The expo, a significant highlight of the event, opens its doors from 10:00 am MT to 5:00 pm MT, offering attendees a chance to explore a myriad of offerings in the glamping sector. Concurrently, an E-bike Experience is available at the Equestrian Center, and food trucks will be open from 10:00 am MT to 3:00 pm MT.
In addition to the expo, several sessions are scheduled throughout the day, including a discussion on “Worldwide Travel Trends in Glamping Hospitality” at 11:00 am MT, and a legal guide titled “It’s a ‘No Rainer.’ Protect Yourself from a Legal Storm” at 1:30 pm MT.
Attendees can also engage in various exhibitor presentations and demos, such as the “Newbook Demo: Unlock your Potential with Powerful Campground Management Software” and discussions on transforming glamping with 3D-printed structures by Azure Printed Homes.
The second day, October 4, continues the momentum with a behind-the-scenes look at building a brand at 9:00 am MT, exploring the journey from idea conception to operational success and brand identity creation.
The expo remains open from 10:00 am MT to 4:00 pm MT, alongside the E-bike Experience and food trucks. A session titled “Math That Works. Amenities = Rate + Occupancy” at 11:00 am MT will delve into resort amenities and their impact on pricing and occupancy, providing valuable insights for glamping operators.
Further, the day unfolds with a critical discussion on ADA compliance for glamping resorts at 1:30 pm MT, ensuring operators are well-versed with the complexities of The Americans with Disabilities Act.
The day will conclude with a session on “Strategic Pricing: How to Maximize Occupancy and Profit” at 3:30 pm MT, guiding operators on setting the right price using variable and dynamic pricing principles.
A Look Back at the Pre-show Workshops
Prior to the main event, pre-show workshops were conducted on October 2, covering pivotal topics for both new and established glamping operators.
The morning session, “Funding Your Glamping Business,” brought together a panel of industry experts discussing various funding options, from traditional debt sources to equity and seed funding.
The afternoon session, “Glamping Business Basics,” covered key elements for starting and running a successful glamping operation, including risk mitigation, development project management, and forward-thinking design principles in the glamping industry.
These workshops were not merely informational but were structured to provide actionable insights and strategies.
For instance, the “Business Plan Basics” segment, led by Jamie Rose Briones, chief development officer with Outside Capital, provided attendees with practical tips and strategies for creating a business plan and pitch deck that could effectively acquire capital from banks and investors.
Moreover, the workshops explored legal aspects for startups and raising capital, with Attorney David DiGiacomo presenting key information related to business launching and successful capital raising.
Another noteworthy session explored business exit strategies for glamping operators, discussing options like selling, mergers, strategic partnerships, and succession planning, providing a holistic view of potential future pathways for businesses.
The Glamping Show Americas 2023 offers a comprehensive platform for learning, networking, and exploring the latest in the glamping business. The detailed agenda, expert-led sessions, and diverse expo offerings present a thorough overview, ensuring participants walk away with enriched knowledge and practical strategies to navigate the evolving landscape of the glamping industry.