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Camping Tourism

Camping Tourism

MacLeod, Nicola (2017) Camping Tourism. In: Lowry, Linda L., (ed.) SAGE International Encyclopaedia of Travel and Tourism. SAGE Publications, Inc. ISBN 9781483368948 (In Press)

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Camping tourism is a popular recreational activity where participants travel in order to spend time living in tents, caravans, motor homes or other types of informal, rural accommodation. The key motivation for camping tourists is to spend time in a natural setting and to reconnect with outdoor skills and crafts, teaching these to the next generation. Freedom and the chance to spend high quality time with family and friends is also important to these types of recreationists and although camping has gained popularity in the wake of the global economic downturn, cost is not always the most important consideration with glamourous camping options becoming more popular. Although originally an individual and informal experience, camping has evolved as an organised activity within the last 125 years and the sector now includes a wide range of businesses and associations devoted to providing increasingly sophisticated outdoor experiences and reflecting the needs of the camping tourist. The camping tourists themselves are a diverse group, ranging from parents in search of a low-cost family holiday to extreme adventurers who seek to challenge themselves in rugged terrains. However, the underlying motivation across all types of camping tourists remains the same, to spend time reconnecting with nature.

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Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 15:27
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