Wyndham Surveys Travellers in Brazil, Canada, China, UK and US

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 22 May 2012

With the busy summer travel season almost under way, vacationers around the globe are focused on relaxation and time with the family, although amenity preferences and priorities differ.

This according to survey findings released by Wyndham Hotel Group and commissioned to better understand the evolving travel trends of Wyndham Hotel Groups global guests. The study surveyed just over 5,600 adults in key cities throughout the U.S., Canada, China, Brazil and the U.K.

U.S. vs. International Travelers

- After price and location, hotel quality is the most important factor for U.S. travelers when selecting a hotel, followed by good reviews and extras like complimentary Wi-Fi and free breakfast. Of least importance is the age of the hotel. By comparison, for Chinese travelers hotel quality is the most important factor.

- Most U.S. travelers (73%) and Brazilian travelers (70%) expect to take vacations lasting between three and seven days. By comparison, U.K. travelers will take the longest vacations with a quarter (25%) taking trips lasting two weeks or longer. Chinese travelers will take the shortest vacations, with most (75%) taking trips that last five days or less.

- Close to one third (29%) of U.S. travelers and 41% of U.K. vacationers plan to go on a beach retreat this summer. Conversely, just one fifth (20%) of Chinese travelers will be taking a beach holiday, preferring instead sightseeing vacations (39%).

- Chinese travelers are the most hospitality conscious, with 37% saying that after Wi-Fi and breakfast, airport pick-up is most important to them. Access to a concierge ranked fourth. Comparatively, while U.S. travelers agree that breakfast and Wi-Fi are their top two desired amenities, satellite television ranks as third most important, followed by access to a swimming pool.

Commonalities Amongst All Travelers

- Regardless of nationality, the majority of travelers agree on the need for some peace and tranquility when they get away, with over half (56%) saying relaxation is the primary reason for their next holiday.

- Over three fourths (76%) of all travelers identify spontaneity as a crucial ingredient when organizing a trip this summer.

- Over half (59%) of all travelers intend to travel with their families during the summer, while nearly a quarter (23%) of all travelers plan to embark on a getaway with their significant other.

- Almost a third (29%) of all travelers said price is the most important factor when choosing a hotel, followed by location. Additionally, women are more price conscious than their male counterparts, with close to a third (32%) of women ranking price most important versus a quarter (25%) of men.

- Across all nationalities, mid-priced hotels are the most popular choice with over half (55%) usually looking for either midscale or budget accommodations.

With 15 hotel brands and over 7,150 hotels in 65 countries, it is important that we understand the cultural differences and similarities that help shape our consumers travel decisions, said Wyndham Hotel Groups Executive Vice President of Marketing, Flo Lugli. The good news is that with one of the most diverse hotel portfolios in the industry, ranging from well-known, affordable brands like Days Inn and Super 8 to the upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts chain, our Wyndham Hotel Group family is the go-to hotel company for travelers regardless of where they want to go or where theyd like to stay.

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