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Short stories and posts about the daily news happenings around the travel industry.


IDEAS: Under Canvas Named First DarkSky-Certified Resort in the World

5 months ago

An Under Canvas property has been recognized by the International DarkSky Places (IDSP) program for its ‘stewardship of the night sky’. 

The Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase resort, which is perched on a canyon rim in Utah, has been certified as a DarkSky-certified Resort – the first of its kind in the world, according to a release from Under Canvas. 

The resort – which features safari-inspired tent accommodations, a variety of complimentary programming, and a range of outdoor activities – has been recognized for its distinguished sky quality, which is preserved through conscientious design, operations, and guest education.

According to DarkSky, light pollution is increasing worldwide by nearly 10 percent each year, with eight out of 10 people living under a light-polluted night sky.

Under Canvas undertakes a range of sustainability practices to preserve the surrounding natural environment, including low-impact development initiatives, resource conservation efforts, and partnerships with organizations such as DarkSky International and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

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IDEAS: Iglucraft Glamping Pods Seamlessly Blend into Nature

8 months ago

Iglucraft, an Estonia-based company, creates a range of handcrafted timber cabins and saunas that seamlessly blend into their natural surroundings.

Credit: Iglucraft

The nomadic pods – which are fully customizable and come with a range of amenities – are created using natural materials and feature organic forms, helping users to find ‘a more natural way of being than the everyday life in perfectly linear cityscapes’.

With famous clients including David Beckham and Gordon Ramsey, the pods are available to order online.

Credit: Iglucraft

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Eurocamp Parent Company Expands Portfolio With Vacanceselect Acquisition

12 months ago

Eurocamp owner European Camping Group recently completed its acquisition of outdoor accommodation provider Vacanceselect Group for $1.1 billion (€1 billion). European Camping Group owns outdoor-centered accommodation brands.

The acquisition was first announced in July and was approved by the French Competition Authority in February. With the deal, European Camping Group has more than tripled its campsite portfolio and now covers 500 destinations across France, Italy, Spain, Croatia and the Netherlands. European Camping Group is targeting a turnover of $738.4 million ( €700million) this year.