This research report on the glamping market in Europe covers market sizing and forecast, market share, industry trends, growth drivers, and vendor analysis. The study includes insights on segmentation by Accommodation Type (cabins, tents, yurts, tipis, treehouses, and others), Area (rural and urban), End-user (consumers and events), Land Ownership (public and private), Size (4-person, 2-person, and others), and Geography (Europe).
Glamping companies are continually striving to enhance comfort levels that align with the changing consumer requirements in the market. The inclusion of wellness treatments at campsites and custom-tailored retreats to an abundance of services will help boost revenues in the Europe glamping market. Consumers are trying to detoxify from their digital frenzy and re-claim their time for personal growth, harmony, and wellbeing. The collective concept of vacations is evolving, furthered by intensifying chronic health problems, attributed in part to the growing disconnect from nature. There is a lot of media attention around debilitating indoor lifestyles of modern consumers, which costs them in terms of health. Hence, wellness tourism is a rapidly growing segment in both developed and developing countries. Vendors in the market are thus always striving to enhance comfort levels, a development that has come from keeping up with changing consumer requirements. From custom-tailored retreats to an abundance of services, these outdoor hospitality vendors are offering wellness treatments at campsites. The Europe glamping market is re-defining itself, incorporating more luxurious energy that can create sustained growth for glamorous camping as it offers a greater number of opportunities to pack up and glamp.
The glamping market in Europe is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 11% during the period 2019–2025.
The market research report includes detailed segmentation by accommodation type, end-user, land ownership, area size, and geography.
Insights by Accommodation Type
Cabins are witnessing an overall growth in glamping. They have been around for a long time and have been considered a novelty. However, they are the most common form of tents used for family camping. They are likely to be more advanced in terms of amenities since they can handle all types of back-end systems and components. Therefore, cabineering leans more toward luxury hotels than camping.
While tents are in demand in the ultra-luxury category, their versatility and low permanency have made them popular among several luxury camping destinations. Tents are also incredibly versatile in terms of size and shapes and are more durable and resistant to weather conditions than other tented camps. Furthermore, hoteliers offering these camping tents can generate up to 40% more revenue than hotels.
Treehouses have found commercial success on a large scale with a new generation demonstrating a non-conformist and outlandish feel. These forms of accommodation are becoming highly desirable. Given that they are rapidly ascending in popularity, hotels have jumped on the bandwagon and are offering treehouses to cash in on them. Builders are more discerning and often take the eco-friendly route when designing, thereby increasing their acceptance among campers.
Insights by Size
With disposable household incomes rising, family holidays in Europe are increasing, thereby increasing the demand for the 4-person tent segment. As sites grew and structures became more enduring and permanent, the market witnessed growing appeal in 2019. The market is characterized by creature comforts and a heavy dose of activities and amenities. Safari tents, treehouses, yurts, and pods are the most common forms of accommodation because they tend to be family-friendly and allow for more designated and open living spaces, elements of fun, and convenience. However, since recreational vehicles (RVs) offer mobility, flexibility, and an equally comfortable shelter, their high demand can hinder the growth of the four-person glamping tents during the forecast period.
The demand for a two-person tent is growing as couple glamping is the most popular form of outdoor camping. As couples at several life stages are traveling more than ever, luxury camping is featuring as an important part of their time together. Moreover, the outdoor sphere swinging in the direction of millennials, the age group has become the most dynamic end-user segment.
Insights by Area
The tourism market is increasingly marked by a trend to discover places, which are more difficult to access or are relatively unknown. Hence, rural-based glamorous camping experiences are expected to gain ground. Fueled by popular culture, travel bloggers, and Instagram influencers, rural glamping is becoming organized and formal. Farm stays are witnessing the second wave. Immersive glamping at cattle ranches, vineyards, and farms are increasing the popularity of the rural segment.
The future of urban glamping looks bright as the growing number of consumers consider slipping off the urban trail to set up camps within or on the edges of city limits. Being strapped for time, the people in the region, especially the UK, are looking for ways to turn off and escape without having to travel too far. This has led to the demand for luxury camping in urban areas.
Insights by Land Ownership
Baby boomers experience nature reserves, and they are better able to do so as they have additional resources and time on their hands, thereby expecting to rely on public lands. Since they are also glamping enthusiasts, it does not require them to carry gear, the demand for these accommodations is only going to grow in that age group.
With glamorous camping becoming increasingly lucrative, there are a growing number of guests and hosts that are interested in hosting on and renting out high-end accommodations on private lands. The availability of private land is high, creating new opportunities for the market. From cattle ranch owners to lakeside property holders to farmers that seek to diversify their land use due to failed crops and bad weather. This has driven up the number of private sites in the market.
Insights by End-users
Increasing digital exposure is limiting outdoor activities among children. This is pushing the idea of spending more time exploring nature, thereby driving demand for glamping. This is particularly high among avid millennial families that have young children that cannot take part in adventurous activities. Another primary driver is the growing demand for weekend getaways for stressed-out urban campers.
The impact of glamping has gone well beyond stays and entered into the realm of events. While camping has long been at the heart of the action at events, it has largely been restricted to music festivals. However, glamping has changed, providing ways to get the whole squad together at striking spots for a fancy-yet-rural experience. It is being used for both personal and professional events. With a promising share of these events being life milestones, the market is expected to grab the attention of several consumers and businesses.
Insights by Geography
The UK was the stand-out growth market in Western Europe from 2011 to 2016, growing at an average of 7.3% annually, while the rest of the region grew by 0.4% per annum. However, a slowing economy, gathering inflation, and consumer uncertainty have led to the decline of foreign clientele and outbound travel. France is characterized by a diverse landscape, cuisine, and culture. Nearly 9,000 campsites in the country reflect the diversity offering everything from urbane holidays to wild forests to shore camps along with a growing number of luxury pitches. The French clientele accounts for about two-thirds of the traffic on campgrounds with the rest coming from foreigners. They tend to flock to the west and north coast of France, while the south is also rich in terms of campsites, which translates to high demand for glamping.
Spain has observed a rise in the number of players showing interest in integrating renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar energies, adding to its already recognized eco-tourism sector. Since environmentally conscious owners operate several glamping sites, and as most of the sites are located in areas where access to energy is difficult, the number of sites installing solar panels is growing.
Italy has a host of attractions spread across its cities of Venice, Rome, Florence, Naples, or Verona. Campsites, located in North Italy, along the Mediterranean and the Adriatic Sea, and Tuscany, are among the most frequented places and glamping sites, thereby creating opportunities for the market in Italy. While the summer months of July and August witness the highest tourist influx, there is a growing realization that the country is an all-year destination, particularly among young crowds, playing up glamping opportunities. Glamping is, however, still in its infancy in the country compared with countries such as the UK.
Key Vendor Analysis
The glamping market in Europe remains highly fragmented. It has the presence of both private and public OHP providers. Most vendors are startups that have been in operation for less than 15 years. Huttopia, Bustec Safari, Canopy & Stars, Eco Retreats, and Wigwam Holidays the leading vendors in the Europe glamping market. The profitability of small companies is linked to their proposition and geographic specificity, given that guests travel only a certain distance from their home when it comes camping. Since glamorous camping is hugely local, there is scope for a healthy competition between vendors, both large and small. Individuals operating in the market are being driven by the opportunity of turning their existing property or using their land into a money-making business. Optimizing the experience, enhancing discoverability, and refining what they have to give are all factors that these small vendors are looking to further their business.
Other Prominent Vendors – Arena One 99, Aviemore Glamping, Bighead, BOND Fabrications, Chateau Ramšak, Concierge Camping, The Forge, The Glamping Orchard, Hidden Valley, International Camping Village Etruria, Killarney Glamping, Kudhva, Lanzarote Retreats, The Lazy Olive Glamping, Long Valley Yurts, Loose Reins, LuxeTenten, Olimia Adria Villages, Teapot Lane Luxury Camp, and Yurtcamp Devon
Key Market Insights
The analysis of the glamping market in Europe provides sizing and growth opportunities for the forecast period 2020–2025.
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