Traveling and Hotels
As the economy grew after World War II, so did the hotel industry. The postwar economic expansion boosted commercial travel and incomes, and the interstate highway system fueled the boom. This growth helped make the hotel industry an important domestic political battleground. The role of hotels is to connect travelers to activities and attractions nearby.
Alternative accommodations are becoming more popular among business travelers
In the age of business travel, alternatives to hotel rooms are growing in popularity. According to a recent Accenture survey of 2,500 business travelers, one-quarter of them are interested in staying in independent lodging, home-shares, or other non-traditional accommodations. For many travelers, this is a way to enjoy an authentic experience at a competitive price while maintaining a consistent schedule.
For many business travelers, alternative accommodations provide a more comfortable and less crowded environment than traditional hotels. The cost of staying in non-traditional accommodations is typically 40% less than at traditional upscale hotels. This growing segment of the business travel market is taking away market share from traditional hotel operators.
They are cheaper in off-season
Traveling during the off-season is one of the best ways to save money on your hotel stay. There are many advantages to booking your stay during this time, including lower rates and fewer guests. While you’ll have to deal with fewer visitors, it also means you’ll get better service. In addition, off-season travel means you’ll get some great deals on hotel rooms even in the city center.
Off-season pricing is great for vacationers who are flexible with their dates and who don’t want to pay peak prices on busy holiday weekends. Hotels typically determine their rates by analyzing historical data and changing weather patterns. This allows them to adjust their rates accordingly.
They are more cost-effective than traditional hotels
The costs of travel are not always based solely on the sticker price. Many factors contribute to the overall cost of a trip, such as proximity to public transport and parking fees. However, larger industry trends can supersede the influence of individual factors. The cost of air travel is increasing, and global news organisations warn that airlines are struggling to make money. As fuel costs increase, airlines are being forced to find ways to factor these costs into their profit margins.
In addition to increasing competition among traditional hotels, home-sharing sites such as Airbnb are also making an impact on the hospitality industry. In 2014, Airbnb impacted the hotel industry’s variable profits by as much as 3.7 percent. This effect was especially strong in cities with limited hotel capacity during peak demand days. Because of this, many hotels had to lower rates to compete with the service.