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The Glamping Business: Clayoquot Resort
Interview by: Alexandria Autrey
The glamping business doesn't get started overnight, every glamping destination has to start somewhere. We interviewed Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on how they got started in the glamping business and their experiences they have had.
How long have you been in the Glamping business?
The resort has been operational since 1998 and this is when Adele and John started in the glamping business.
When did you get involved in Glamping?
The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort has been gradually building into what you see today. In 1998, land was procured and 1999 was the first operational season. In 1999, we had five accommodation tents, an outdoor kitchen and one hot tub.
What is your biggest challenge?
Our biggest challenge is getting people to realize that sleeping in a tent was an okay thing to do in the rainforest.
Where did you get all your Glamping supplies?
We get our tents from an excellent tent place in Ontario, Canada.
Where do people like to stay mostly?
People love our Ensuite tents.
What activities do people do during the day when staying?
We have a wide range of activities that guests can choose from, we offer horse backriding, rock climbing, fishing, whale watching, skeet shooting hiking, bear watching and so much more.
How long did it take to install yurts, tents, etc. ?
It takes approximately a month to set up the entire camp.
Why did you decide to offer the glamping vs. traditional accommodation options?
We only offer glamping and we offer tents because, it is something unique and different.
Do you have plans to expand?
There is always plans for improvements!
What is the biggest challenge operating the glamping? How did/do you solve this problem?
The biggest challenge is the weather and we combat this by working with it. Our lounge is situated so that the weather hits the front of the building and our lounge remains open for use even when it rains.
What, if any is your Target demographic?
We cater to the high net worth individual.