Beyond accommodation: six exciting traveler preferences every hotel should anticipate

As hotels brace themselves for the future, it’s crucial to anticipate and embrace the exciting preferences that today’s travelers are seeking.

In the ever-evolving landscape of travel, this year holds a promise of transformative shifts that extend far beyond the conventional idea of accommodation. Let’s delve into six compelling trends that will shape the hospitality industry in the coming years.

1. Immersive journeys: redefining the travel experience

The modern traveler seeks more than just a place to sleep; they crave experiences that leave lasting memories. Hotels that go beyond providing a comfortable bed to offer immersive and unique experiences will undoubtedly capture the hearts of these adventure-hungry individuals. From curated local excursions to on-site workshops, the key is to transform a hotel stay into an unforgettable journey.

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2. Digital trendsetters: the power of social media influencers

Social media influencers are pivotal in shaping travel preferences. Hotels can boost direct bookings and visibility by utilizing cloud-based channel managers, while creating shareable spaces and experiences like Instagrammable décor and unique amenities supported by promotion from social media influencers. This enhances the hotel’s desirability and presence on online travel platforms.

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Traveler preference blog 23. Wellness-centric travel: prioritizing mind and body

Wellness has become a non-negotiable aspect of travel for many individuals. Hotels that prioritize health and wellness offerings, such as fitness facilities, spa services, and wellness programs, will stand out in 2024. Catering to the holistic well-being of guests is not just a trend but a fundamental shift in how people perceive and choose their accommodations.

Traveler preference blog 34. Medical tourism: a growing niche in the hospitality sector

With advancements in healthcare and increased global mobility, medical tourism is on the rise. Forward-thinking hotels can tap into this niche market by providing services that cater to the needs of medical tourists. Collaborations with local healthcare providers, specialized amenities, and comfortable recovery spaces are areas hotels can explore to cater to this emerging trend.

Traveler preference blog 45. Gastronomic adventures: the culinary landscape of travel

Culinary travel is no longer just about sampling local cuisine; it’s a full-sensory experience. Hotels that embrace this trend by offering unique, locally-inspired menus, hosting culinary events, and providing immersive cooking classes will undoubtedly capture the attention of food enthusiasts. The kitchen becomes a central hub for cultural exchange and memorable experiences, adding an extra layer of delight to a guest’s stay.

Traveler preference blog 56. Business of worship: nurturing spiritual experiences in hospitality

A significant cultural trend involves travelers seeking spiritual experiences during their stay. Hotels can cater to this trend by providing services and spaces that accommodate religious activities, hosting events, and offering amenities that meet the needs of travelers seeking spiritual experiences.

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In conclusion, the future of hospitality lies in adapting to evolving traveler desires. Hotels anticipating and incorporating trends – from experiential travel to influencers, health & wellness, medical tourism, culinary experiences, and the business of worship – set a new standard for the ultimate guest experience, moving beyond mere accommodation to become architects of unforgettable journeys.

Tags: compelling trends, digital trendsetters, Immersive journeys, medical tourism, traveller preferences, Wellness



STAAH is a New Zealand-based technology company that specialises in cloud-based channel management and booking engine for accommodation providers helping them maximise their online revenue. Founded by Gavin Jeddo in 2008, a pioneer in the field of distribution technology, STAAH’s industry-leading technology powers a property’s distribution through online travel agencies (OTA) and direct bookings. STAAH partners with over 19000+ properties across 90 countries through its operations in New Zealand, Australia, India, UAE, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Middle East, UK and Europe.

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