What The Wanderlust Generation Wants In A Hotel

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing

Airbnb hasn’t dominated the travel industry just yet, but to keep young travelers checking into national chains, hotels need to know what 13-35-year-olds want...

Gen Z and Millennials have a strong case of wanderlust. A huge majority say they are interested in taking trips, and the jet-setting generations have rewritten the rules when it comes to where to go, what to do, when to plan, and how to budget. And while this means that far-flung destinations are in vogue and extreme activities abound, it has also led to the creation of the biggest disrupter in the travel industry—Airbnb. Since its inception, the home-sharing platform has promised to overtake the hotel industry as thrifty and experience-driven Millennials flocked to its unique destinations, and national hotel chains have scrambled to stay relevant. As it turns out, however, Airbnb is third in line when it comes to where 13-35-year-olds prefer to stay when they travel. Ahead of the Millennial-directed home-sharing service are more classic accommodations. The number one place 13-35-year-olds want to stay? National hotel chains.

This may come a surprise to those in the travel industry who have long braced themselves for the day when Airbnb’s beach bungalows and treehouses officially lured Millennials away from high-rise hotels for good. But so far, hotels have held their own. While Airbnb's growth rate has been astronomical, it hasn't yet hurt the bottom line of hotel chains. From 2014 to 2015, the revenue per available room for hotels in the US grew 6%, according to hotel industry research firm STR, and between 2010 and 2015, the price per room jumped $20 to $78.71. A recent survey from Resonance Consultancy also found that 35% of Millennials prefer to stay in upscale or luxury hotels compared to 23% who prefer short-term…


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