Interest in glamping—or glamorous camping—is growing among North American leisure travelers, according to the 2019 North American Glamping Report.
The report, which represents a first-of-its-kind look at the North American glamping market and is supported by Kampgrounds of America, Inc.(KOA), reveals that 30 percent of North American travelers say they have taken a glamping trip, which is self-defined, over the past two years.
Research shows the growing popularity of glamping is being fueled by high levels of participation among young and diverse leisure travelers, including young families and high frequency travelers (those who take 10-plus trips per year). It appears glamping is appealing to experienced travelers who are seeking new, unique travel opportunities. What’s more, based on the interest of Gen X, millennial and ethnically diverse travelers, the trend is well-positioned for continued growth in the years to come.
Travelers report cabins (64 percent), followed by tree houses (58 percent) and tiny homes (55 percent), are the accommodations that best fit their definition of glamping. Travelers also seek services and amenities that are reminiscent to that of hotels or resorts when they glamp, including Wi-Fi, a full kitchen and private restrooms, along with linen service and the availability of social activities, both on-site and among local attractions.
A Look at Who’s Fueling the Growth of Glamping
- Sixty percent of leisure travelers who indicated they had glamped in the past two years represent the millennial or Gen Z generations.
- Of travelers who glamp, 42 percent are non-white. The highest representation among non-white groups is by African Americans (15 percent of travelers who glamp), followed by Hispanic (12 percent) and Asian (9 percent) travelers.
- Forty-five percent of travelers who glamp are couples with children.
Why Travelers are Turning to Glamping Experiences
- Sixty-seven percent of travelers agree that glamping is a unique vacation experience.
- What’s more, the same percentage of travelers (67 percent) who are interested in glamping say that their interest stems from a desire for a unique outdoors experience. They also say they want their glamping experience to encompass services and amenities that aren’t available with traditional camping (63 percent).
How Travelers Prefer to Glamp
- As different glamping experiences and accommodations open across the U.S. and Canada, findings from the North American Glamping Report reinforce that there is not a single, defined way to glamp.
- Twenty-seven percent of travelers prefer a family-friendly glamping atmosphere. However, travelers have mixed feelings when it comes to a laid-back and quiet-only atmosphere versus an atmosphere that offers a mix of social and private opportunities (21 percent of interest in each option).
The Future of the Glamping Market
- The interest in future glamping trips is highest among leisure travelers who have already tried glamping at least once – 77 percent of travelers who have glamped before say they are interested in glamping again.
- Demographically, 66 percent of Gen X and 61 percent of millennial travelers have expressed the greatest interest in taking a glamping trip in the future.
- Families with children also have high interest in future glamping trips, at 68 percent. Travelers across all ethnicities expressed high interest in future glamping.