Get ready for a new episode of MC Fireside Chats on October 11, 2023, at 2 PM ET presented by Horizon Outdoor Hospitality. The show promises to take you on an exploration into the intriguing universe of glamping.
Host Brian Searl will be joined by a panel of esteemed guests who are well-versed in the outdoor hospitality industry. Among the recurring guests are Ruben Martinez, the founder of the American Glamping Association, and David Smith, the founder and managing principal of Outside Capital. Irene Wood, the founder and CEO of The Fields of Michigan, will also be present, along with Zach Stoltenberg, the design lead at Clockwork. Rounding out the group is Connor Schwab, the vice president for outdoor hospitality at Sage Outdoor Advisory. In addition to our esteemed recurring guests, we’re thrilled to extend a warm welcome to Chris Jeub, the visionary Owner of Monument Glamping, who will now be a regular addition to our lineup!
But the excitement doesn’t stop there. We’re pleased to introduce Ansh Singh, Founder of Quaint Glamping, who will discuss the recent town approval for their site plan. Additionally, we’re delighted to have Slava Chupryna, Owner of Space Cowboys, join us as a special guest. His mirrored dome, nestled in the vast West Texas desert, has been distinguished as the top “glamping” destination in the U.S. by a leading national camping website.
Next week’s episode of MC Fireside Chats is sponsored by Horizon Outdoor Hospitality, a company known for its comprehensive third-party management and consulting solutions for RV resorts, RV parks, campgrounds, glamping sites, and outdoor destinations. They offer a tailored approach to each property, ensuring innovative and effective solutions to find efficiencies and increase revenue, regardless of the size, location, or market of the business.
October 4th Episode Recap
In the recent episode of MC Fireside Chats, broadcast live from Glamping Show Americas, host Brian Searl delved into the surge in popularity of glamping. The show convened a gathering of experts to shed light on its trajectory and the challenges ahead. This episode, presented by Fireside Accounting, offered diverse perspectives on the current state of glamping and its future potential.
Brian Searl introduced the central theme: the transformation of outdoor experiences, particularly in the context of a world recovering from the pandemic. Searl’s emphasis was clear – the industry must continually reinvent itself, not just to survive, but to thrive in an increasingly competitive market.
Sandy Ellingson, with her background in the RV sector, provided a fascinating take on the intersection of RVs and glamping. She proposed that as these two industries increasingly overlap, collaboration could prove to be a winning strategy. By sharing resources, knowledge, and market insights, both sectors could benefit immensely.
Mike Harrison of CRR Hospitality dived deep into operational considerations. He painted a vivid picture of the day-to-day challenges of managing glamping sites. From quality control to optimizing guest experiences, Harrison believes that operational efficiency remains the backbone of any successful glamping business.
From a legislative standpoint, Cara Csizmadia of CCRVC elucidated on the regulatory maze the industry often finds itself navigating. She stressed that to effectively address policy hurdles and zoning challenges, the industry needs a consolidated and unified front, advocating for its interests.
Design and aesthetics, crucial elements of the glamping experience, were eloquently covered by Zach Stoltenberg from Clockwork. He opined that glamping is not just about luxury; it’s about creating a harmonious blend of comfort and a genuine, immersive nature experience. The design ethos, according to him, should revolve around sustainability and authenticity.
Zook Cabin’s Melissa Meshey shifted the focus to marketing strategies. She spoke passionately about crafting narratives that resonate with potential clients, sharing the myriad experiences glamping can bring, from starlit dinners to serene mornings amidst nature.
Representing the product side of things, Joanna Reimann from Fdomes focused on the tangible aspects. For her, product longevity, innovative design, and the ability of these structures to enhance the overall guest experience are paramount.
The digital era’s impact on glamping was explored by Candice McNamara of Staylist. She delved into the evolving dynamics of customer behavior, emphasizing the significance of data analytics, user-friendly online interfaces, and the absolute necessity for glamping businesses to have a robust online footprint.
Jacob Barbati, an investment professional, shared that he was notably impressed by the vast range of products and how vendors tailored their offerings to meet ROI expectations, aligning with his investment background. Jacob highlighted the industry’s enthusiasm and the business-centric approach of its participants.
Chris Jeub, the owner of Monument Glamping highlighted challenges with local government regulations, particularly the building department, which is trying to enforce commercial standards on his glamping structures like tents, domes, and container homes. Chris believes that the world is slowly recognizing the glamping industry, and he sees it as the most exciting space in real estate, with many people showing interest in establishing glamping sites..
Rounding up the discussion, Sinan Halic from Ekodome merged the concepts of sustainability and design. He passionately argued that as the world becomes more ecologically conscious, glamping needs to lead the charge by ensuring its offerings are sustainable, both in design and operation.
In wrapping up, the consensus was evident. While the horizon looks promising for the glamping industry, its journey forward must be marked by innovation, collaboration, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.
About MC Fireside Chats
MC Fireside Chats is a weekly show devoted to the outdoor hospitality industry, hosted by Brian Searl, founder and CEO of Insider Perks and Modern Campground.
MC Fireside Chats airs live every Wednesday at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, and features guests from the camping and RV industry who share their take on the current state of the camping, glamping, and RVing sectors as well as upcoming innovations in RV parks, campgrounds, outdoor resorts, glamping, and the RV industry.
Listen to past episodes of MC Fireside Chats here: https://moderncampground.com/mc-fireside-chats/.