Briefing: Understanding Millennial priorities

The latest research on millennials from Choice Hotels found that 33% of Millennials would put off buying a home to take a dream vacation.

Holidays remain as desirable as ever. Particularly for this young generation where an opportunity to have a new experience can take priority over other areas of life. The study also found that 12% of Millennials have quit their job to take a vacation or go to an event such as a concert.

In these videos four experts discuss the behavior of Millennial travellers:

Choice Hotel’s study Uncovering the Millennial Mindset looked into the behaviours and priorities that Millennials have when taking a holiday. The survey polled 1,000 U.S. adults, ages 18-65 between September 30 – October 3, 2015.

It highlighted some differences between a Millennial at home and a Millennial on holiday, finding that 27% of Millennials have stayed in a hotel to impress someone and 79% of Millennials say they are more adventurous about eating and drinking when travelling.

The industry has had to drastically change to cater to emerging distribution methods. But tradition has not been shunned altogether, with 35% of Millennials will still turn to the friendly help of a travel agent to make their decision.

Not all the generational shifts are as drastic as the move to online research and booking. The study also found that 61% of Millennials carry hand sanitizer when travelling—more than any other generation. And 30% of Millennials keep earbuds in their ears when travelling so people don’t talk to them.

The study highlights the Millennials appreciation for instant rewards. It states that 69% of Millennials see freebies (such as snacks/sandwiches/to-go breakfast) as more important than opportunities for increased loyalty or reward points. And 43% of Millennials believe that if you do sign up to a rewards program you should receive your first benefit straight away.

Video clips produced by for the Hospitality Channel, including interview from industry conferences such as the IHIF conference as well as specific Hospitality Channel shoots.

Briefing: Understanding brand power in a new landscape

What does it mean to be a hospitality brand in 2015? Travellers today will not be as influenced by a brand name as they once were when booking accommodation. According to Mintel Group, 48% of guests will not visit the hotel’s website before arrival, and 79% see price as a key factor when choosing a hotel. However strong brands in the industry are still growing.

These videos look at the way new brands are developing, how powerful brands are staying relevant, and what might happen with brands in the future:

In todays’ hospitality landscape technology has changed distribution forever, given independents more power and has sparked the emergence of new brands.

There is some debate over the possible consolidation of brands in the future as discussed in the above videos.  At the moment more and more brands are being created, often within existing brands, to serve new markets.

In other industries the power of the brand is still immensely strong particularly in the technology industry. Apple currently tops Forbes list of The World’s most Valuable Brands, with a brand value of $145.3 Billion. Microsoft, Google and Coca-Cola and IBM make up the rest of the top 5.

The MKG group’s Hospitality database shows that in January 2015, IGH was the top ranked Hotel Brand. It had 710 295 rooms and a growth of 3.4% on 2014. Hilton and Marriot were ranked 2nd and 3rd and showed growth of 5.4% and 5.9% respectively.

A survey from BDRC found that 42% of European leisure travellers rate review sites as important when selecting a hotel for leisure. In comparison 36% rate hotel brands and important. BDRC also found that leading brands can still command a higher price than unknown brands, with an uplift of €26.98 in the luxury market.

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Video clips produced by yBC for the Hospitality Channel, including interview from industry conferences such as the IHIF conference as well as specific Hospitality Channel shoots.

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