OREANDA-NEWS  The number of glamping sites in Russian regions has increased 40 times over the past five years, but uniform service standards are needed for the development of this type of recreation, said Vadim Dashuk, head of the commission of the Russian Union of Tourism Industry (PCT) on camping, glamping and non-capital accommodation facilities.

"In 2018, there were a little more than a dozen glamping sites in the country, and according to data from last year, their number exceeded 400. This is a very popular type of accommodation, closed borders work for increased demand, the popularity of outdoor recreation and a kind of fashion that has formed recently," Dashuk said, whose words were quoted in the press service of the PCT.

According to the Russian Glamping Association, which led to the PCT, as of March 2023, the number of glamping sites in Russia exceeded 400, with 241 of them operating year-round. Most of these objects are in the Moscow and Leningrad regions, in the Krasnodar Territory, in the Altai, in the Crimea, as well as in the Sverdlovsk region and Karelia.

The PCT noted that the interest in accommodation in glamping is associated with the growth of domestic tourism, as well as the popularity of outdoor recreation that has grown dramatically during the pandemic. "The development is facilitated by the relatively low cost of construction and active government support for investments in such projects. So, last year, 19 regions received 4 billion rubles from the budget for the creation of campsites, glamping and modular hotels. This year, the volume of support will grow to 8 billion," the union said.

"With all the advantages of the growing popularity of glamping, there are also disadvantages. First of all, any object can now call itself glamping. There are dozens of definitions of this type of placement, but there are no official standards yet. They are needed so that tourists clearly understand what they can count on in such accommodation facilities," Dashuk said.

At the same time, according to him, creating standards and classifying glamping is only part of the solution. The next step is to establish interdepartmental cooperation to facilitate the construction of such accommodation facilities for small businesses. "Investors need a clear and simple one–stop shop system," the expert explained. According to him, the PCT is working on this problem, proposals to overcome the existing interdepartmental contradictions have already been practically formed.