The non-contact travel trend boosts camping and outdoor gear sales.


(Yonhap) — SEOUL (Yonhap) — Domestic travel has gotten a significant boost due to the latest coronavirus epidemic, which has hampered air travel. However, for some travelers, seeing tourist sites or staying in a hotel may still be the last thing on their minds really quick loans.

In this context, a new non-contact travel trend is gaining hold in South Korea. More individuals opt for outdoor camping and “chabak,” a newly developed term that refers to sleeping and staying in a vehicle while traveling.

As the COVID-19 outbreak prevented his plans for foreign vacation, a 31-year-old office worker named Kang claimed he went camping with a buddy in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul.

“I had a good time grilling BBQ over an open fire with a rented camping vehicle. Making a camping vacation might be a revitalizing experience for city people, “he said

Local stores and food producers have been quick to respond to the increased demand for such camping supplies, which has resulted in a significant increase in sales.

“Camping and chabak have developed as a new trend (for travel) during the summer holidays because individuals can set up a quiet place and decrease connections,” a Lotte Mart representative said.

Chabak, in particular, has gained popularity since it includes simple movement and does not need a large number of camping supplies.

According to Lotte Mart, sales of camping equipment, including seats and tables, increased 103.7 percent from January to March compared to last year, indicating the popularity of the new vacation trend.

According to the report loan, they were camping bedding sales up 37.6% year over year, while tent sales increased 55.4 percent.

From January to March, Chabak-related items, such as tents attached to sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and inflatable beds, showed spectacular sales growth, according to SSG.COM, the online shopping division of retail behemoth Shinsegae.

When compared to the same time last year, sales of SUV tents and inflatable mattresses increased by 664 percent and 90 percent, respectively.

“The items looked popular since Chabak travel allows individuals to pick their holiday destinations freely while minimizing the danger of coming into touch with strangers,” claimed an SSG.COM representative.

After the nation was swept by the love for Starbucks Korea’s seasonal promotional luggage, nicknamed the summer-ready bag, this summer, demand for small-sized bags increased among those in their 20s and 30s.

The desire to get one of three summer-ready bags and one of three camping chairs under Starbucks’ “e-frequency” rewards program recently was so strong market that huge lines formed in front of Starbucks locations around the country around morning.

According to the transportation ministry, the number of vehicles renovated as camping cars almost quadrupled in the first half of the year from the previous year, owing to increasing demand for camping and relaxed rules.

Three thousand two hundred fourteen such redesigned camping vehicles were sold in the January-March period, up from 1,119 in the previous season.

Korean food manufacturers are also rushing to produce easy-to-eat dishes for camping families.

In March, Hyundai Green Food, a subsidiary of Hyundai Department Store, debuted the Cam Meal camping meal package brand.

People may readily consume half-cooked meal items, including beef and pig, by boiling or grilling them.

The country’s most prominent poultry-processing firm has launched cube-sized chicken flesh, claiming that the product and veggies may be used to construct grilled chicken skewers.


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