A look at the shifting lodging preferences of travelers

Travelers’ preferences for certain types of lodging accommodations continue to evolve, as evidenced by data from the MMGY Global "2014 Portrait of American Travelers," with proportionately more travelers now using “alternatives” to traditional hotels/motels than ever before.

Specifically, three quarters of travelers stayed in a hotel or motel on at least one occasion in 2014. Four in 10 stayed in someone else’s private residence, while two in 10 stayed in a resort during the past 12 months. And the incidence of the patronage of cruise ships, campgrounds and vacation condominium rentals continued to grow. 

As revealed below, Millennial travelers are significantly less likely than older travelers to have stayed in a hotel or motel on a leisure trip during the past 12 months, while Xers are significantly less likely than Millennials, Boomers or Matures to have stayed in someone else’s private residence.

Millennials are significantly more likely than older travelers to have stayed in a resort, campground or a rented vacation home or condominium, while cruising is most popular among Matures and Millennials, and Matures are far more likely to have stayed in a timeshare they own.

For further information on the results of the MMGY Global "2014 Portrait of American Travelers," visit www.mmgyglobal.com.