For campers and RVers alike, every penny counts. Whether you prefer an off-grid camping experience, a mom-and-pop campground overlooking the lake, or a fancy stay in the middle of the woods glamping under the stars with complete amenities, you want to enjoy your outdoor getaway.
While outdoor recreations such as camping and RVing remain the most affordable means of traveling, the higher prices of goods, interest rates going up, and soaring gas prices are making campers, RVers, and outdoor enthusiasts resourceful in utilizing their outdoor adventures. Some choose to travel closer to their home, and some take shorter trips.
People camp differently, this is what outdoor hospitality industry experts emphasized in the recent episode of Modern Campground Fireside Chats.
While traditional parks and campgrounds still provide the ultimate great outdoors experience, experts believe that providing a unique experience to guests will take the definition of outdoor hospitality to a higher level.
People are willing to spend for an experience. This is what Randy Hendrickson, founder & CEO of The Intrepid Group, said in the November 2nd episode of the show.
Hendrickson discussed the difference between experiential hospitality versus traditional hospitality. He emphasized that people are spending for experience and that the industry is more than just a place to stay.
“It’s not just about the place to stay. It’s a whole lot more than just where to go. It’s about what you can do over and above,” Hendrickson said.
Properties like The Resort at Paws Up, with over 100 miles of designated hiking, mountain biking, horse, and ATV trails with accommodations for up to 275 guests in 27 luxury homes and 36 glamping tents, offer unique experiences to guests.
The luxury ranch resort recently partnered with MoonBikes to bring innovative and zero-emission snow bikes for its guests.
Another great example of a property that values experience is Coachella Lakes RV Resort, a brand new, soon-to-open state-of-the-art resort with luxurious features and amenities, including an amphitheater and stage, a world-class putting course, a group space, and a swimming pool.
Industry experts also shared insights on how parks and campground operators can learn a thing or two about making their properties a unique getaway for guests to enjoy.
Scott Foos, CEO and owner of Horizon Outdoor Hospitality said parks and campgrounds should allocate some operating expenses to more experience-driven amenities that will give additional value to people’s stays.
May it be produce picking, visiting farmers market, joining local events and gatherings, wine tasting, going on guided tours, participating in contests, or learning history—outdoor adventures will surely be more memorable as it brings people together.