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CYL - May 7, 2024

Bed and Bathrooms; New Trends That Hotels Should Note

In 2024, the Asia Pacific travel sector experienced a remarkable resurgence, approaching pre-pandemic tourism levels with a sturdy 20% surge in travel revenue compared to the preceding year, with insights from Reuters and TTG Asia.

Travel is undergoing a profound transformation from its traditional exclusive status.


This shift isn't just about the rate of growth; it's about the democratization of travel experiences.

It's fascinating to note that Gen Z isn't just dipping their toes into the travel market; they're diving headfirst into it. Despite their relatively young age and limited income, over half of American Gen Z adults are avid travelers, embarking on three or more leisure trips in the past year.


Despite facing financial constraints, Gen Zers are surpassing both Gen Xers and baby boomers in travel frequency and even rivaling millennials, who have long been the industry's focal point. This can be attributed to the normalization of travel in today's culture, fueled by the widespread exposure to travel inspiration on social media platforms.


However, despite all of this, some things still remain the same. 


Travel Preferences


While traditional hotels remain a popular choice, with 60% of travelers still opting for them, the hospitality industry has witnessed a significant diversification of options. From boutique hotels to the growing popularity of vacation rentals like Airbnb and even the emergence of unique accommodations such as glamping sites and homestays, travelers now have an extensive selection to choose from. 20% of travelers lean towards vacation rentals, with an additional 20% opting for hostels (Booking.com, 2022).


Each option presents its unique advantages, catering to travelers' diverse needs and preferences on a global scale. 


What Are Consumers Loving During Their Hotel Stay?


In today's digital age, the mantra seems to be: "If it's not on social media, did it really happen?" This sentiment is particularly true when it comes to hotel experiences. Traditionally, consumers predominantly utilize platforms like X (formerly Twitter), review sites, and, to a lesser extent, Facebook to voice their hotel-related grievances.


However, when it comes to sharing positive experiences, a myriad of voices emerge across social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube. 


Among these platforms, Instagram stands out, especially among influencers boasting substantial followings. Unsurprisingly, Instagram hosts the most visually captivating and meticulously staged photos.


For instance, breakfast is rarely just about the food; it's often paired with an idyllic background landscape. Moreover, posts from influencers and specialized bloggers aren't just limited to images; they often provide detailed reviews covering every aspect of the hotel experience, from facilities and room quality to rates, dining options, service quality, and even day-by-day highlights of their stay.


Restaurants, food, and meals are the most shared and photographed topics, reflecting the profound influence of culinary experiences on social media engagement. Food has a universal appeal, and people love sharing their gastronomic adventures, whether it's trying out a new restaurant, savoring a delicious breakfast, enjoying drinks at the bar, or indulging in a satisfying lunch or dinner. These experiences often evoke strong emotions and memories, making them prime candidates for social media sharing.



Combining all food and drink-related mentions, including restaurants & food, breakfast, bar, and lunch & dinner, these topics collectively make up nearly 50% of the photos and videos shared on social media. 


The room/suite follows closely behind, ranking second in popularity. There's a noticeable preference for sharing images from luxury hotels and showcasing views from balconies, particularly for mid-range hotels. As for the popularity of images featuring the room or suite, there's an interesting dynamic at play. 


Luxury hotels often boast opulent accommodations with lavish interiors and upscale amenities, making them visually appealing subjects for photographs. On the other hand, mid-range hotels may not offer the same level of luxury, but they often compensate with stunning views from balconies or windows, providing guests with memorable experiences that they're eager to share with their social media followers. This juxtaposition highlights how different types of hotels leverage their unique selling points to attract guests and generate positive word-of-mouth on social media platforms.


What Are Consumers Disliking During Their Hotel Stay?

Naturally, when it comes to negative experiences, they tend to spread rapidly as well.



Among the concerns consumers face regarding hotels, the primary issue revolves around the perceived high overall price. Interestingly, it's not just the base room rate that garners criticism; it's the additional costs, such as parking fees and room service charges, that attract the most scrutiny. 



These criticisms are particularly pronounced in the context of short stays rather than longer holiday periods, suggesting that consumers are increasingly sensitive to hidden fees and extra charges, especially when they feel they are not getting sufficient value for their money.



Other than costs, bathrooms hold a prominent position, securing second place in social media conversations. Consumers often raise issues regarding cleanliness, water quality, toiletry dispensers' condition, and towels' availability.



Additionally, the issue of waste, particularly concerning sustainability efforts versus the hotel's price, is frequently brought up in conversations.


@hilmzeats I know no bidet 😭😭 but I still love the room and pool area ok! Def want to stay at Naumi Hotel again #sgtiktok #staycationsingapore #naumihotel #singaporehotel ♬ Feblu - Flughand

Interestingly, there's a noteworthy trend of social media accounts solely dedicated to reviewing hotel bathrooms, with a key focus being on whether the hotel room is equipped with a bidet—an amenity that seems to hold significant importance for certain consumers.


High Expectations

From bidets to breakfast, there are increasing significant expectations placed on both consumers and brands, emphasizing the need for continuous innovation and adaptation to remain competitive.
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