Glamping Business Conference Delivers
Expert Strategies and Best Practices



Three days of compelling glamping business instruction—a two-day conference series plus a day of pre-show workshops—await you at Glamping Show Americas.


Whether you are brand new to the outdoor hospitality industry or you had a glampsite before glamping became a thing, you will come away with success-driven action items.  Learn how to leverage AI, overcome legal hurdles, secure funding, seamlessly integrate glamping into your campground, enhance your bottom line with the right amenities and so much more.

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Schedule-at-a-Glance


Monday, September 30, 2024

7:30 am – 4:30 pm Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast (AM Workshop Attendees & Speakers)
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Workshop Lunch (All Workshop Attendees & Speakers)

Tuesday, October 1, 2024

7:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast (2-Day Conf. Attendees & Speakers)
9:30 am – 5:00 pm EXPO OPEN
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Conference Lunch (2-Day Conference Attendees & Speakers)

Wednesday, October 2, 2024

7:30 am – 4:30 pm Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast (2-Day Conf. Attendees & Speakers)
9:30 am – 3:00 pm EXPO OPEN
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Conference Lunch (2-Day Conference Attendees & Speakers)

Pre-Conference Workshops


Presented by The American Glamping Association and The Glamping Show Americas

The Glamping Show Americas and The American Glamping Association will present two half-day programs covering some of the most sought-after information for new and established glamping operators. You'll hear from industry experts about how to turn your glamping aspirations into a viable business, and how to secure the start-up or expansion funding you need.

Monday, September 30, 2024


8:30am-12:00pm

(followed by a box lunch - included)

Funding Your Glamping Business

This is the place to start whether you're new to or considering launching a glamping business or need money to grow your existing operation. Hear from finance experts and those who have successfully obtained capital on what types of funding are available, how to assess your options and best practices in fundraising. This phase in your planning can be a "make-it-or-break-it" event so don't underestimate its importance. Take advantage of the knowledge and experience of these speakers to chart your best way forward.

Navigating Debt: Your Guide to Financing Your Glamping Business

Join us for an informative session on navigating debt solutions for your start-up glamping operation. Understanding the various ways banks can provide financial support is crucial for setting your venture up for success. In this session, we'll explore the essential steps you need to take before seeking financing, including preparing a comprehensive business plan and financial projections. We'll also delve into the different debt options available, such as USDA loans, Equipment Financing, lines of credit, and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, and discuss the pros and cons of each. By the end of the session, you'll have a clear understanding of how to choose the best financing option for your glamping operation and position yourself for long-term success.

Our experienced speakers will share valuable insights and practical tips for securing the funding you need to launch and grow your glamping business. Whether you're just starting out or looking to expand your existing operation, this session will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to make informed financial decisions and take your glamping venture to the next level. Don't miss this opportunity to gain invaluable expertise and network with industry professionals at the Glamping Show!

Panelists: Moe Kruger, Live Oak Bank; Paul Bosley, Business Finance Depot, (Additional panelists to be announced)

Investment Strategies for Glamping Entrepreneurs: From Concept to Capital

This session is tailored to new and aspiring glamping operators eager to secure capital, funding, and investment for their ventures. In this session, our experienced speaker, a seasoned investor in the glamping industry, will share invaluable insights on how to position your property to attract investors. From understanding the needs and preferences of different investor types, whether institutional or personal, to crafting compelling investment pitches, attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to stand out in the eyes of potential investors.

Discover the key strategies, both big and small, that can make your glamping property an irresistible investment opportunity. Learn how to showcase your unique value proposition, leverage your property's strengths, and mitigate potential risks to instill confidence in investors. Whether you're seeking funding for infrastructure development, expansion plans, or operational improvements, this session will provide actionable tips and best practices to help you navigate the complex landscape of securing investment for your glamping operation. Don't miss this opportunity to gain the knowledge and expertise you need to propel your venture to new heights.

Speaker: David Smith, Founder & Managing Principal, Outside Capital

Expert Perspectives on Raising Capital for Glamping Ventures

This panel of seasoned entrepreneurs and industry insiders have successfully navigated the intricate landscape of fundraising within the glamping sector. In this enlightening discussion, attendees will gain invaluable insights into the strategies, challenges, and triumphs associated with securing capital to finance glamping ventures. From bootstrapping to securing institutional capital, panelists will share their firsthand experiences, offering practical advice and actionable tips for aspiring glamping operators looking to embark on their own fundraising journey. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or a newcomer to the industry, this panel promises to provide a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to help you effectively finance and grow your glamping business.

Panelists: Chris Haydon, Co-Founder, Autocamp; (Additional panelists to be announced)

Funding Your Glamping Business

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

(preceded by a box lunch---from 11:30 am-1:00 pm—included)

Glamping Business Basics

Start-up to up-and-running, whatever your level of experience, there are what seems like a million details at which you must be proficient.

Here you'll hear about some of the elements you'll face when getting your business up and running, stay running and grow. Hear from experts in their fields and those who have labored---and succeeded---with start-ups of their own. Learn from their experience. Be inspired by their journeys.

This workshop is important if you are new to the business or would like to "tune-up" your business practices.

How to Handle Wastewater Treatment at a Remote Glamping Venue

The remoteness of a site makes an attractive choice for a glamping facility. But this can pose the challenge of connecting to public utilities, like a sewer for wastewater treatment. Decentralized or onsite wastewater treatment systems provide cost effective solutions for remote sites that are unable to tie to municipal sewage plants. Onsite wastewater treatment solutions like larger septic systems or standalone wastewater treatment units can be designed to meet the unique flow requirements of your glamping facility. Learn about the design considerations and options available to you to safely treat and disperse wastewater without a municipal sewer option.

Speaker: Hugh Mickel, Infiltrator Water Technologies

Protecting Your Glamping Business: Essential Legal Insights

Accompany expert hospitality attorney, Christine Taylor, as she guides you through prevalent legal challenges encountered by owners and operators in outdoor hospitality. Mishandling these issues can lead to enduring complications. Explore key topics from the basics of waivers and releases to effectively managing employees and addressing disruptive guests, discovering optimal strategies for handling these inevitable situations.

Speaker: Christine Taylor, Partner, The Towne Law Group, LLC

Founders Story: Greenfield Glamping: Insights from Ground-Up Development

Join us for this session featuring Stephen and Sam Hopkins, the innovative minds behind Missing Hotel, a thriving glamping operation nestled near Austin, Texas. They will delve into the intricacies of establishing a glamping venture on raw land, offering invaluable insights and practical guidance on every aspect of the process. From navigating the challenges of utility installation and road construction to crafting accommodations from the ground up, this dynamic duo will share their firsthand lessons learned and expert advice, providing attendees with a comprehensive roadmap for success in creating their own glamping paradise from a blank canvas.

Speakers: Stephen Hopkins, Sam Hopkins, Founders, Missing Hotel

Glamping Entrepreneurship

At this insightful session we delve into the world of Glamping Entrepreneurship. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, this session will provide valuable lessons learned and essential skills needed to succeed in the glamping industry. From identifying market opportunities to creating unique guest experiences, we'll cover everything you need to know to launch and grow your own glamping operation. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and take your glamping business to new heights!

Speaker: (To be announced)

Glamping Business Basics
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Glamping Show Americas Conference Program


Tuesday, October 1, 2024


8:30 am –9:30 am

Glamping Americas 2024 State of the Industry Report

The Glamping Show Americas presents the second annual Glamping Americas State of the Industry Report---a research report for the glamping industry.

The report, conducted by Cairn Consulting Group, covers the topics and areas of interest that help the glamping sector of outdoor hospitality move forward with business, marketing, financial planning and securing funding.

Included in the report is a review of the past year in terms of development, changes from the previous year(s), and trends. It also looks forward based on how those involved in the industry view the changing landscape including barriers to growth, resources needed, guest expectations, innovations, key growth sectors, expansion, and type of growth.

Overall, this initial effort benchmarks essential growth metrics and offers detailed and nuanced insights into this important growth sector of the hospitality industry.

Presented by: Scott Bahr, President, Cairn Consulting Group

Glamping Americas 2023 State of the Industry Report

10:30 am –11:30 am

Taste the Difference: Strategies for Exceptional Food & Beverage in Glamping

Join us for an insightful panel discussion where we delve into the world of Food & Beverage for glamping operators. From high-end culinary experiences to innovative partnerships and simple yet memorable touches, our panelists will share their diverse strategies for success in delighting guests with culinary offerings. Discover the variety of approaches available, learn from the experiences of fellow operators, and uncover the secrets to crafting unforgettable experiences that enhance the overall glamping adventure. Whether you're a seasoned operator or just starting out, this session promises valuable insights to elevate your F&B offerings and leave a lasting impression on your guests.

Moderator: Ruben Martinez, President, American Glamping Association.

Panelists: (To be announced)

Worldwide Travel Trends in Glamping Hospitality

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

From Tents to Wagons: How Glamping Can Benefit Your Park

Learn from experienced park owners on how the addition of glamping facilities to their existing operation has opened opportunities for growth. This session will explore the ins-and-outs of their planning and expansion into a mixed-use site. It will also explore the differences in the guest experience between a traditional campground and RV park, and one that offers glamping accommodations. Panelists share their challenges and advice on how this move can increase a park's customer universe and ultimately its bottom line.    

If you're a campground or RV park owner considering adding glamping accommodations, you'll want to hear these companies stories on how they successfully married glamping with their campground and RV park businesses.

Moderator: Ben Quiggle, Editor, Woodall's Campground Magazine.

Panelists: (To be announced)

From Tents to Wagons: How Glamping Can Benefit Your Park

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Engaging the Evolved Glamping Audience: Beyond the Tent in Communication Strategies

Embark on a journey into the world of evolved glamping with our immersive session. Discover the core desires of your guests and how effective communication enhances their experience. Learn the delicate balance between providing adequate information and overwhelming them. Explore diverse communication tools tailored to different stages: from pre-booking to post-stay interactions. Dive into segmentation strategies based on guest needs and personas. Master the art of crafting the perfect communication system at every touchpoint, ensuring seamless guest satisfaction and continuous improvement.

Speaker: Mark Koepp, CEO and President, Campground Views, Inc.

Engaging the Evolved Glamping Audience: Beyond the Tent in Communication Strategies

Wednesday, October 2, 2024


8:30 am – 9:30 am

Turning limited resources into unlimited success: Discover pioneering tech-savvy ideas to attract guests and increase revenue using the power of AI

After more than two decades of supporting entrepreneurs in the world of unique guest accommodation, Sarah Riley has learnt never to underestimate major moments in the world of business building. One of the most recent is the disruptive energy of Artificial intelligence. In this inspirational session, she highlights the incredible innovations happening now and how they are changing the rules of the game for everyone. You deserve to make a living doing something you love but if you ignore what's happening you will miss vital opportunities in the marketplace. This is a time to embrace pioneering start-up ideas, tech-savvy marketing tactics, and state-of-the-art guest attraction methods, all designed for the future of 2025 and beyond. So stay sharp and step into the visionary world of outdoor accommodation with Sarah, where innovation meets luxury!

Speaker: Sarah Riley, President, The Glamping Academy

Behind The Scenes of Building a Brand

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Size Matters. Density, Amenities and Debt Coverage Ratios

 When it comes to glamping and the return on investment game, size does matter. The density of properties can have a big impact on their value and profitability. Higher density, more amenities, and on site services attract more renters and command higher ADR's.

On the other hand, larger properties with more units can also mean higher operational costs and potentially lower cash flow if occupancy rates are low. This is where debt coverage ratios come in handy - they help investors determine if a property's income is enough to cover operating expenses and debt payments. So, while bigger might be better in some cases, it's all about finding the right balance between size, amenities, and financial stability in the world of real estate.

In this in session, developer and operator Kathleen Walsh will bring her 30 + years of experience to the conversation. Kathleen and her team have developed and managed over 800 million dollars worth of real estate investments in the RV and Glamping world. Her sessions are always filled with real life examples and plenty of Q&A. 

Speaker: Kathleen Walsh, President, Advanced Outdoor Solutions

Size Matters. Density, Amenities and Debt Coverage Ratios

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Maximizing Amenities for Profits and Guest Satisfaction!

Added amenities could be the key to both attracting guests and boosting your bottom line. From indulgent spa services to personalized local experiences, the range of offerings is limited only by your imagination.

But with so many choices available, how do you know which ones will truly benefit your business? Join us for an insightful panel discussion where seasoned professionals share their practical strategies. Learn how they selected their offerings, identified their most popular amenities, and established pricing strategies for sustainable revenue.

Whether you're thinking about refreshing your current offerings or exploring new possibilities, this is your chance to gain valuable insights from successful glamping operators.

Moderator: Steph Curtis-Raleigh, Editor, Glamping Business Americas, Glamping Business International.

Panelists: (To be announced)

Maximizing Amenities for Profits and Guest Satisfaction!

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Understanding Key Metrics that Drive Profit and Fuel Growth.

Embark on an exciting journey to grasp the pivotal metrics that drive real change. Understand the key metrics shaping your glamping venture, coupled with strategies to streamline your financial processes for effortless insights into these metrics.

  • Understand which quarterly and year-end metrics measure the overall health of your business and how to build your financial dashboard for convenient monitoring of these metrics.
  • Explore strategies to enhance visibility into both financial and non-financial metrics, revealing huge revenue opportunities.
  • Gain practical techniques to implement these strategies and boost operational efficiencies, turning every corner of your property into a potential growth avenue.

If you are an established business or ready to launch, you'll want to make sure that you are well-equipped to grow your business.

If you are an established business and are looking for tips, or are ready to launch, you'll want to attend this session to make sure you are well-equipped to understand the financial reporting and processes to grow your business.

Speaker: Tyler Otto, President and Owner, Glamping Bookkeepers – a Subsidiary of Specialty Bookkeepers

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