U.S. travelers weigh in on hotel smartphone apps

Conducted by Cornell's Center for Hospitality Research the report, "The Mobile Revolution Is Here: Are You Ready?" is the first of a multiphased project that surveys participants on hotel mobile applications. The project is sponsored by Intel   in conjunction with Monscierge.

A few of the high-level findings note that guests are particularly interested in using mobile for: room-ready notifications, requesting room amenities, hotel services and rooms upgrades. The data also reflects women and younger travelers were particularly willing to share personal information on a limited basis in exchange for special services offered.

"This is the first look at guests' mobile expectations while they are on property, proving that guest desire a mobile-enhanced experience,” said Gene Hopper, Strategy & Alignment, Monscierge. “These expectations aren't unrealistic. We're using our phones to get our prescriptions, do our banking ... already various relationships of trust. Guest expect to use smartphones to build connections to their hotels, to take the friction out of regular tasks."

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The study speaks to digital platforms used for both the pretrip phase and during the travelers' stay. It touches slightly on post-stay connections, looking at personal information guests are willing to share that might boost poor hotel-to-guest engagement or potentially increase onsite revenue.

Notably, the report indicates travelers preferring one overarching app that could be used to create a personal travel profile, serving as a central location for their information and preferences. This is so hotels could provide a more customized experience rather than needing to download apps for individual hotels or brands.