New luxury camping trend known as glamping

Hotel News - 03/09/2009

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A trend toward “glamorous camping” has emerged. In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, an article read: “While they're ‘glamping’, upscale adventurers don't skimp on the comforts of home away from home.”

TravelAdvisor conducted a survey of over 2,000 travelers recently, and found that 15 per cent of those polled had gone on some type of “glamorous camping” trip that offered more amenities than normally available in traditional, more rustic camping.

Some of the “Glamping” amenities include air mattresses while tenting, as well as the availability of flush toilets and hot showers. On a more upscale note, the camping adventure might involve a furnished yurt at a luxury resort, with a pool and meals prepared by a chef – at a cost of $5,000 or more for a three-night stay.

Michele Perry, the vice president of communications for TripAdvisor, said: “For those who get the willies when they think about sleeping under the stars with the bugs and the bears, but who still want to experience nature, 'glamping' can be a great compromise.”

She went on to say: “But for those who still want to rough it, bug spray and a cushy air mattress can make all the difference.”

Couples, rather than families or individuals, seemed to be the travellers most attracted to “glamping”, according to the poll.

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