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Where do people go to “get away from it all” — especially when the world shuts down? Many seek relaxation and recreation in the great outdoors. Interest in camping — especially the subset of high-end camping often referred to as “glamorous camping” or “glamping” — grew steadily in the years before the pandemic. The arrival of COVID and the desire for socially distanced vacations created a rapid increase in demand and revenue. The result for commercial real estate has been a large increase in the number of investors interested in outdoor hospitality properties. “Before 2020, the trend was already very strong; the pandemic just accelerated it,” says Sean Wood, associate broker at NAI Outdoor Hospitality Brokers . Wood cites the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) 2021 Annual North American Camping Report : “From 2014 to 2018, there was consistent growth of about 2 million new households per year getting into camping across North America. From 2018 to 2019, we saw a jump from 39.2 million to 41.9 million households that went camping. And then in 2020, we saw an explosion in interest: from 41.9 million households to 48.2 million households camping each year.” Number of households that identify themselves as “active camper” households in North America. Source: KOA, 2021 Annual North American Camping Report . Click to view larger. The specialists at NAI Outdoor Hospitality Brokers expect this renewed attention to camping will shape consumer tastes for years to come, fueled in part by sustained interest from Millennials and a […]