Coronavirus-induced staycations prompt Belgians to holiday in tree tents
August 13, 2020
Europe

Coronavirus-induced staycations prompt Belgians to holiday in tree tents

BORGLOON (BELGIUM) – Instead of opting for a holiday abroad, some Belgians are thinking differently. They have come up with a new camping experience of spending a night in a pear-shaped tent suspended from a tree.

Conceived by Dutch artist Dre Wapenaar, the tree tents double as an art installation.

“The tents are fully booked every summer, but this year, the bookings went much faster. If we had more tents, they would also be taken every day of July and August,” said Katrien Houbey, head of tourism of Borgloon, which has four tents along a tree-lined field since 2011.

“I believe it’s because of the government’s guidelines to travel in your own country. So people started searching for alternatives to stay somewhere,” she said.

For 70 euros ($79) a night, two people can stay in the tent and there is access to a bathroom and barbecue.

These tents were designed in the 1990s to support greens who sought a halt to felling of trees.

“My tents are too expensive to produce (commercially),” Wapenaar told Reuters. “I should have designed it in a different way if I wanted to sell many of them … I am not a good product designer, I am an artist.”

(Photos syndicated via Reuters)
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