Hotel And Travel News – Americans’ travel outlook for the months ahead is good news for the travel and hospitality industry. At a time when consumers are facing economic concerns, including rising gas prices, inflation risks and higher interest rates, many Americans are still accelerating their travel plans.
The 2022 Hospitality Survey of 200 consumers across all ages and income levels found that approximately 89% of respondents are taking at least one leisure trip in 2022, with 24% planning three or more leisure trips. Sixty-nine percent of those planning to travel before the end of the year are doing so in the United States. Plans for international leisure travel during that same period are much lower among those 30 and older (about 6.5% of respondents in this age range), but increase significantly among 18- to 29-year-olds, with 24% planning international travel.
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Among respondents taking at least one leisure trip in 2022, hotels remain the top choice for lodging.
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Survivors found that 60% of travelers planned to stay in hotels for alternative lodging options, and that changes implemented during the pandemic had a positive impact. Eighty-six percent of surviving respondents cited Covid-19 protocols and cleaning procedures as important, and 64% considered the provision of a touchless experience important when choosing a hotel. Looking at the impact of COVID-19 on hotel chain brand loyalty, age again makes a difference: 13.5% of those aged 50 and over and 23.5% of those aged 30 to 49 indicate an increase in brand loyalty. However, 18 to 29-year-olds felt the greatest impact, with 50% indicating an increase in loyalty due to Covid-19 and subsequent actions by hotel brands.
Gas prices are the top barrier to booking travel across all demographics (53%), followed by trying to save money (36%) and worries about the economy (30%). As Americans increasingly face economic uncertainty in their lives, they still have a strong desire for leisure travel. Conversely, the shift towards hybrid work environments is reflected by 51% of employed respondents indicating that they have no plans to travel for business in the next six months.
While the pandemic has required the hospitality industry to adapt quickly, companies are seeing a return on the investments made over the past two years. Those that capitalize on the current enthusiasm for travel and continue to address diverse needs across age groups will be better positioned to ride out any economic storm.
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When the Birch in Hertfordshire, UK opened in 2020, it was one of the first hotels to respond to the emerging hybrid work model with dedicated hot desking areas and private office spaces. It has become known as a serene getaway for creative types with regular workshops and events.
This spring, Birch is opening a second outpost in Selsdon, located on a 200-acre rolling estate 30 minutes south of London, which has been redeveloped by designer and environmentalist Sebastian Cox. It operates a similar hotel-slash-members club model with ample co-working space and a restaurant with seasonal, farm-to-table fare. There is a pottery studio, screen-printing workshop and kids’ club, beautifully crafted Birchlings. On the fitness front, guests can enjoy a wellness space with tennis courts, a running track and treatment rooms.
Reflecting the growing demand for high-end wellness, Lady Carol Bamford, founder of Daylesford Organic Farm and Bamford Lifestyle and Skincare Line, a private members’ club in the Cotswolds, has dubbed health and fitness ‘not for the faint of heart’ and clearly ‘not a spa’. , doctor-led health appointments and various workouts with the latest treatments.
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“I always believe in combining modern and ancient techniques,” comments Bamford. “That was the ethos when I opened our first wellness spa in 1992. Recent developments in therapeutic treatments such as cryotherapy and red-light therapy will be complemented by centuries-old traditions: meditation, pilates and breathwork.”
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