As pandemic worries fade, 76% of North Americans plan to travel soon

AUSTIN, Texas, June 22, 2021 / PRNewswire / – After more than a year of containment, 76% of consumers of North America plan to travel within the next six months. According to a new Oracle Hospitality survey, 24% of respondents in the United States and Canada plan to travel immediately, 31% in the next one to three months and 21% by the end of the year.

People largely travel to the region, but venture further from home. Domestic travel will account for 61% of travel plans (versus 44% last year), 19% of people will stay within driving distance (versus 47% last year) and 20% will go abroad (versus 10% last year). ). Beaches (39%) and national parks (16%) are the preferred destinations. Regardless of location, 77% noted that a COVID-19 vaccination is very or important enough to give them peace of mind when traveling. When it comes to getting on a plane, 18% don’t feel safe until they’re fully immunized.

Last year, travelers worried most about navigating uncertainty with flexible cancellation and refund policies for hotels. This year, it’s all about experience. To beat off the competition for short-term real estate rentals, hoteliers are offering extensive services ranging from package tours to new dining options. The majority of hotel executives surveyed (72%) explore non-room revenue opportunities. And consumers are all concerned, with 68% indicating that they are very or somewhat interested in purchasing products or experiences in their hotel beyond the room.

“The pandemic has had a profound impact on the hotel industry and continues to redefine what travel will look like in the future, ”said Alex Alt, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Hospitality. “The good news is that travel is on the rise and consumers are excited to come back to the world. However, they have new and evolving expectations for what that experience will look like. Hoteliers take up the challenge of not only delighting customers. with a great stay, but also offer services to increase income and compete with the growing short-term rental market. ”

The survey commissioned by Oracle was conducted by Skift in May 2021. The poll “Back to Hospitality: Getting Smarter and More Profitable in a Post-COVID World“, questioned 4,467 global consumers and 537 hotel managers (including 773 people and 160 hoteliers in North America). View the full global report at:

Spend Beyond the Room
After a year of savings on lost vacations, travelers have expressed their willingness to spend for an unforgettable experience. The main services that consumers have already purchased or are interested in a hotel include:

  • 92% – food from a hotel restaurant.
  • 82% – drinks from a hotel bar.
  • 83% – takeaway or delivery.
  • 79% – visit or activity.
  • 68% – tickets to an event.
  • 77% – an extended stay.
  • 63% – wellness or fitness services.
  • 53% – subscription to hotel services subscription.
  • 39% – using a hotel as temporary office space.

Pandemic priorities have become permanent practices
The survey shows that the features and equipment that became a necessity during the pandemic will be the norm and the desire to move forward:

  • 76% of hoteliers offer contactless payment options, 36% self-service check-in, 59% digital messaging services to limit interactions between staff and guests and 42% room keys on smartphones.
  • 67% of travelers hope that the increased frequency of cleaning and disinfection procedures will remain the norm in hotels.
  • 55% of consumers still want guest areas / public spaces to be designed for social distancing.
  • 11% of consumers plan to dine only through room service to minimize contact. However, 30% plan to dine in hotel restaurants and 48% plan to do both.

Redefining vacations
Being stuck at home has changed the way consumers think about vacations and what is most critical in terms of space and amenities:

  • Rents on the rise:
    • 54% of travelers said they plan to stay in a short-term rental property within the next twelve months.
    • 43% for the ability to stay socially distanced and minimize the risk of COVID-19.
    • 57% chose the rental for more privacy.
    • 59% chose a rental for access to a kitchen.
  • Hoteliers are rethinking services to appeal to customers:
    • 59% of hotel executives agree that non-room revenue will represent an increasing share of their annual revenue over the next five years. Almost half (43%) said non-room revenue sources could account for up to a quarter of their hotel business in 2021 and 24% said it could represent between 26-50% of hotel revenue. ‘within five years.
    • 48% of hotel managers improve the equipment in community spaces.
    • 46% plan to promote hotel-only amenities, such as restaurants, gyms and swimming pools.
    • 26% are looking to add more live events and social activities.
    • 28% plan to modernize the kitchens in the bedrooms to better compete with short-term rentals.

Oracle Hospitality brings more than 40 years of experience providing technology solutions to independent hoteliers, global and regional chains, games and cruise lines. The report posed questions to consumers and hotel executives to better understand the key factors defining the post-pandemic hospitality market. The survey highlighted what consumers are looking for in this rapidly changing and highly competitive landscape and how hoteliers are adapting to welcome travelers again. To learn more, read the report here or visit

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