Our mission is to provide a superb line-up of speakers who are knowledgeable in the best practices of running an outdoor hospitality business, including those who are running successful glamping operations. Join our next The Glamping Show USA in Denver to learn about all aspects of setting up and running your own business.
Whether you are just starting out, or have been up and running for a while, you will find topics designed to help you grow your business vision.
We are pleased to announce our 2021 sessions for our live and in person event this October in Colorado. Please scroll below for details.
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (Pre-conference Workshop)
What you need to know to open and run a glamping business
If you are a start-up or just thinking about starting a glamping business, this session is a must. Designed specifically for those in the planning and start-up phase offers a 'big picture view' of what you need to consider as you translate your glamping dreams and vision into a reality---and where to find the resources to help. A key element in the program is guidance in developing your business personal business plan.
Hear from experienced operators who have gone through the start-up process as well as experts in finance and funding. You will find out about various options and guidelines for financing your glamping business. And successful operators will share their own experiences to steer you through some of the decisions you will have to make.
This session is a great first step to make your glamping vision a reality or to add to your knowledge and inspiration if you've newly launched. You will meet others on the same journey and experts who will share their experiences and knowledge.
9:00 am –10:00 am
Drawing from their 450+ nights at glamping camps and boutique hotels around the world, Mike and Anne Howard will pinpoint the details that make all the difference in the guest experience. They'll walk through the elements of a great stay (check-in process, room enhancements, activity offerings, dining options, etc.) and ways you can make them shine—no matter your budget. The Howards will share examples taken from five-star resorts to pop-up camps, and tips to make them your own. Full of inspiration and takeaways, this talk will help you build a camp that guests adore and cannot stop talking about.
Speakers: Anne and Mike Howard, Honeytrek
11:00 am – 12 noon
Whether planning a new business or expanding one that is up and running, experience shows that careful assessment of your audience, location and your business model can make the difference for your success. A feasibility study will also put your best foot forward to potential financing entities and investors.
In this session, you will find out what goes into a market and feasibility study, why you need it and when you need it. Learn the various ways a study integrates with other steps in the process of developing or expanding your glamping project. Learn some tips and tricks about properly analyzing your competition. You will also learn about important financial metrics and how they measure up to investor's expectations. This session will reveal some key considerations to success with your contemplated project.
Shari Heilala, Sage Resort Appraisal and Consulting
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Events are an important part of any glamping business, perhaps adding as much as 20% to your revenue. This panel of event-savvy glamping businesses will share what they have learned. If you are not doing weddings and other events now, or if you could use some new ideas, this program is for you.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Are you flying by the seat of your pants when it comes to social media? Join Bailey Aro Hutchence, Co-Founder of Cedar Bound, for a down-to-earth session on social media. This session will not talk about ads or pay-to-play strategies. Instead, it will focus on:
Pull up a seat and get ready to breathe new life into your social media strategy!
Speaker: Bailey Hutchence, Cedar Bound
9:00 am – 10:00 am
With all the tools and resources available to run your business, what do you need, how do you best use them and what can they do for your business. Everything from bookings, back end revenue systems to understanding business analytics in the glamping space will be covered.
What technology should you be using to organize your business. We'll talk to different size operators to find out what is important to growing their business.
Moderator: Ben Quiggle, Editor, Woodall's Campground Magazine. Panelists: Vinny Cuneo, Autocamp; Natalie Binder, Camp V
11:00 am – 12 noon
Glamping dreams can become nightmares when working through the approval and permitting process.
Gray areas, code confusion, NIMBY neighbors, and utility approvals are just some of the hurdles one might face.
Kathleen and her team have assisted owners across the US in getting their resorts over the goal line.
This informative session will cover:
There will be plenty of Q&A time built into this session.
Speaker: Kathleen Walsh, Advanced Outdoor Solutions
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Chances are good that one of the reasons you started your business was to generate and income stream or grow asset appreciation by proving out your operating model. At some point, chances are also good that you will want to sell that business, whether to retire or move on to something else. This session explores the factors that create the most value and the ways in which you can best position your property for success if and when you decide to sell. Find out what the factors that go into generating asset appreciation and the path to a successful exit. Find out whether there are options other than an outright sale and the ways in which institutional equity investors evaluate the asset class. Whether you are actively looking to plan ahead or just want to be aware of options available to you, this session will provide you valuable insight into your business future.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
You're looking for land to build---or expand---your dream glamping business. What does it need to have, water, utilities, waterfront? Do you lease or buy? This session looks at the all-important first steps of what you consider when purchasing or leasing land for your new or expanding business.
Speaker: Ron D. Beard, Ron D. Beard & Associates