Glamping grows in popularity, even in the midst of a global pandemic
HALIFAX -- Many people in the hospitality business have faced challenges as a result of public health restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, glamping has seen its popularity grow in the Maritimes.
Glamping is an infusion of 'glamorous' and 'camping', describing a style of camping that includes amenities, and in some cases, resort-style services.
Glamp Camp, in Waterborough, N.B., opened in November 2019 -- just months before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
"We've been open for about a year now. We've had quite a lot of clientele come through," said Shekhar Dhayagude, a co-owner of Glamp Camp. "So far, everything is good. COVID-19 is holding us back a little but that's okay, I think. We'll all get through it."
They say a big part of their success is how guests can easily physical-distance themselves.
"The fact that they know that when they come here, there's no other interaction with anybody, it's quiet, it's calm, it makes them happy," said Dhayagude. "We don't have WiFi or any gadgets, or T.V. in there so, it just gets you calm and quiet, plus, it gives you that kind of vacation feeling."
Stacey Russell, with Tourism Fredericton, says Glamp Camp is an exception in the struggling sector of hospitality.
"Due to COVID-19, the hospitality is probably one of the most devastated industries across the country. Definitely Fredericton area hotels and Airbnbs are seeing the effects of that," said Russell.
Glamp Camp has closed four of their 10 domes for the anticipated lower winter numbers, but still has the remaining six fully booked every weekend and many weeknights.
"People do want to get out. It's really hard for people to be stuck in the red zone, or any zone, and social-distancing, you know. All the vacations have been closed, you can't book into any place, you can't take risks flying to any other country," said Dhayagude.