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Campgrounds & Motorhome Parks: A Land Use Alternative!

Host Barry Caslin, Teagasc, was joined by Con Quill, CEO of the Irish Caravan & Camping Council and Owner of the renowned Blarney Caravan and Camping Park. Con is a member of the ITIC Council.

The webinar provided an insight into the world of camping and motorhome parks as a land use alternative.

The discussion focused on site selection, infrastructure, suitability, marketing, and integrating these ventures with farming activities. KH Quill from Barney Camping, representing the camping grounds and motor home parks sector, emphasized the importance of understanding the intricacies of establishing and managing such ventures, leveraging the synergies with farming activities.

Significant emphasis was placed on the importance of thorough research and planning before diving into the camping business. Understanding the market, identifying the target audience, setting realistic goals, and determining unique selling propositions were identified as crucial steps. The speakers discussed the importance of selecting a suitable site, considering factors like planning permission, accessibility, safety and security, environmental considerations, and infrastructure requirements.

Infrastructure development, including campsite layout, amenities, utilities, and environmental sustainability, was detailed. The integration of camping operations with farm activities provided guests with a unique rural experience, adding value to their stay. Marketing strategies, regulatory compliance, insurance, and navigating tax liabilities were also discussed, offering a holistic view of the operational considerations and challenges faced by campsite operators.

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