While Indonesia and Thailand are considered as big names in South Asian glamping (luxury camping), there are opportunities for other nations to follow suit. A recent publication by C9 Hotelworks alludes to the increasing demand for back-to-nature holiday experiences. People are tired of overpopulated cities. The chance to get out to natural landscapes and stare at the stars is appealing to city dwellers.
You know it’s a thing when big players like the Four Seasons are establishing tented accommodations. The number of tents is generally limited to preserve the intimate experience. The appeal for property developers and tourism operators is the return on investment, given the low capital cost.
Destinations that are following the trails blazed by Indonesia include Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos.
Is there potential for Bangladesh to get involved?
Certainly, Bangladesh is already an eco-friendly dominant force and, the glamping industry has many synergies with the sustainable building sector. Think bamboo tree houses with jute interiors, heated with solar panels.
The market is presently dominated (more than 50%) by upscale tented properties. Luxury, midscale, and budget segments share the rest of the glamping pie.
The glamping locations are generally situated in forests (83%), beaches, cultural areas, rivers, and golf courses.
So what’s the cost?
The average rate per tent is US$270
You might be wondering:
Who has the most tents across the region at the moment? Well, the title holder is Thailand, with 39% of the total supply.
Bangladesh with its lush forests and mangroves, and of course its long sandy beaches, one of which is the longest in the world–Cox’s Bazar would be perfectly suited to enter the glamping market, and the government should do all it can to support this potential market.