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Friday, July 20, 2007

I just returned from a great trip that had the famous clothing-optional beach in Vancouver, Wreck Beach, on the itinerary (trip report coming soon). While traveling, I missed my chance to participate in the latest "Great Naked Debate" on Nudist Day. I lacked a good Internet connection.

The debate was entitled "What can be done to attract younger people to the nudist lifestyle?". Check it out. You may not agree with every last detail, but the contributors covered a lot of angles.

Some similar viewpoints were in "What are the Real Problems with Young People and Nudist Resorts?" here where some readers chimed in with more good feedback on this important topic.

The answer seems to boil down to one central idea:
  • creating something worthwhile that satisfies the needs of the customers.
Potential nudist destination customers in the younger age groups have a million ways to have their entertainment needs met. Any tourist/travel destination, be it clothed or nudist, free beach or paid resort, competes with the many forms of entertainment. To win the competition, the destination must meet the needs of customers.

A tourist destination has to be more worthwhile than such things as:
  • watching TV
  • surfing the Internet
  • going to concerts
  • going to the movies
  • ...and all the other things people do for fun
Think about it. A clothed hotel becomes worthwhile to you when it has a good location, a pool, restaurant and has the other amenities you want for the right price.

Food

Now, try to find breakfast at a nudist resort or campground. Not many serve breakfast. Some serve lunch or dinner. Very few serve 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. So you either need to bring food or leave. Either way, your basic human need for food is not met.

This is bad because Americans love food.

The ones that serve lots of food, like Caliente and Paradise Lakes, the 2 big resorts in Tampa, offer a destination that is a complete experience. You don't have to leave if you are hungry. In my last trip report about Sun Ridge Resort, I mentioned how I did leave because my food needs were not met.

The Internet

One other way clothed hotels have adjusted to modern customer needs is by proving some form of Internet connection. Most do. What about nudist destinations? Not so.

I'm in the under-35 age bracket and I want my Internet no matter where I am. Is that so much to ask? This is a more common statement of my generation but slowly becoming typical of all generations (see Internet age trends). Even baby-boomers are spending a lot more time online nowadays too.

Why aren't most nudist resorts adapting to something so basic as an Internet connection?

The Internet and food are among the lifelines of today's potential nudist customer.

If you are at a nudist destination that doesn't meet these needs, speak up and make your opinion known.

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2 Comments:

At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Dan said...

As I read this post, I am sitting here nude, digesting an excellent breakfast, outside a bar & grill, between two swimming pools, typing on my laptop on a 56 mbps WiFi connection.

On a typical day I will see several laptops around the pools, and a larger number of PDAs and Cell Phones.

For those not so fortunate enough to bring their own communications device, there are online computers available in the Office.

I am at Cypress Cove Resort in Kissimmee, Florida, and I consider it an unmatched example of what a resort or even a small club needs to do to attract and keep visitors.

While not all the guests must have the connectivity I require, it is nice to know that wherever I go on the club grounds, whether, poolside, restaurant, Villa, RV park, or tent, I can count on Internet access through the WiFi network.

After all, what kind of a nudist blogger would I be if I didn't practice what I preach?

Dan
http://USAnudist.com

 
At 9:07 AM, Blogger John Henry said...

Now that's a club with nice amenities! Once you get there, there's no reason to leave.

I wish I experienced the same with the places I've visited up north. Up north, the challenge is the weather.

Only a handful of the northern nudist resorts have indoor pools. Avalon in West Virgina comes to mind with their indoor pool, spa and other indoor activities to keep the club active in the winter.

I was at a resort in Tampa and heard a fellow nudist traveler saying how he stays at the nudist resort during business trips because it is cheaper than the business hotels in the city.

Looking at the amenities and what it costs to stay at Cypress Cove, Orlando business travelers should consider Cypress Cove instead of Disney area hotels. The price of a little more than $100 a night, with daily grounds fees included, seems like a great deal.

 

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