Hotels.com Hotels of the Future Study

Hotels.com™ Hotels of the Future Study

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When travelers check into a hotel in 2060 they can expect it to be on Mars, to feature augmented reality, artificial intelligence, morphing beds, robotics, touchscreen everything, hyper connectivity and much more. Partnering with renowned futurist Dr James Canton of the Institute for Global Futures, Hotels.com is looking to the future to uncover how the travel and hotel experience will be different in a year, 25 years and as far ahead as 2060. The way we choose a destination, book a trip, travel there and the in-stay experience will be dramatically different in the future. These new forecasts see super-tech meet super-science and here is a snapshot of some of the stand-out trends:

Morphing hotels made to order

Morphing hotels made to order

This is the next generation of made to order. Hotels which self-assemble and morph from one design to another based on consumer’s votes. These crowdsourced hotels will use nanotechnology and machines that can self-assemble environments, buildings or even entire physical worlds (the Real Jurassic Park?). This could all be possible in the next 20 years.

3D Makers in every hotel room

3D Makers in every hotel room

Taking luggage on holiday will be a thing of the past. 3D Printers will transform the travel experience & the in room experience. 3D Makers will generate in real time items guests desire, such as new shoes, clothes or even computers & phones. 3D shopping will be available, where consumers download from the cloud, retail goods they want to design on demand.

RoboButlers

RoboButlers

These autonomous robots can be designed online before arrival and can be programmed with special talents, skills, languages and information to help make the hotel stay exceptional. They will do everything from greeting guests at the airport, to offering gourmet food service, room makeup, companionship, education, entertainment, business advice and concierge service.

Neuro-Dreaming – choose your own dream

Neuro-Dreaming – choose your own dream

The definition of getting a good night’s sleep will change. A hotel bed will no longer just be place to enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep, as future travelers will be able to choose their own dreams before dozing off. Hotels will give guests access to neurotechnology to program their dreams and they can choose a dream theme to either relax, learn or enjoy. Romantic adventure or space exploration?

Pop Up hotels based on crowdsourcing

Pop Up hotels based on crowdsourcing

The next generation of pop up hotels will be based on special mobile crowdsourcing, where the theme and location is decided by votes. The pop up hotel designs that win the most votes will be programmed to self-assemble using 3D printers, use continuously generating Bio-solar cells and feature nanotechnology. These hotels will exist for a limited time and HotelCoin, the digital Blockchain currency, will be used by consumers to pay with their wearable mobile app.

Longevity hotel spas

Longevity hotel spas

The spa 2.0 - the next generation of wellness spas will be mind blowing. Gone are the days of a simple facial or massage at hotel spa. The hotel spa of the future is based on DNA analysis & promoting living longer. You will receive personalized prevention treatments, prediction & health enhancement programs designed to refresh your health, your fitness and understand your future health risks. These will use the latest genetic medicine treatment, mind refreshing drugs, brain fitness & prevent disease.

Airport transfers will be self-driving pods, RoboFlying cars and Hyperloop

Airport transfers - RoboFlying cars & Hyperloop

One of the most stressful parts of any vacation is getting from the airport to your hotel. Travelers will be pleased to hear that the future of airport transfers is high tech and high speed. Future transports include self-driving pods, RoboFlying cars, which will help you avoid the traffic, and larger developments such as the Hyper Loop – supersonic air travel, covering hundreds of kilometers in seconds.

My Travel Avatar

My travel avatar

The booking of hotels will be done by your very own travel avatar – like a digital software agent. Your travel avatar will help fulfill all your travel needs. Your Avatar will manage bookings, like a personal version of Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa, they will search, design and book travel. Avatars will communicate and negotiate your whole travel experience - the ultimate in customer care. 

DNA mobile payments

DNA mobile payments

DNA is the ultimate personal identification and will be used to confirm identify in making travel bookings and payments online. Not just that, but when you check into your hotel all that will be needed is DNA fingerprints to confirm who you are and check in is complete! Long check in lines will be a thing of the past and the new way of paying for everything will be based on DNA.

EcoHotels on the next level

EcoHotels on the next level

Hotels already focus on sustainability and being eco-friendly but in future every hotel will be fully sustainable. They'll excel in energy efficiency, buy & sell off the Renewable Energy Grid, use safe & clean products only, use the latest solar and geothermal technology and have a carbon neutral footprint. EcoHotels will be socially aware, with products & workers all producing a positive social impact.

Dr James Canton, CEO at Institute for Global Futures explains:

‘Trends in technology, science, energy and entertainment will vastly change the hotel experience for travelers. The emergence of a new travel design science, which is a combination of using big data, artificial intelligence and predicting travelers’ dreams, will mean the whole travel experience will change.

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‘The future of travel is really exciting, as we’ll see predictive travel analytics anticipating what consumers want from their experience before booking. The hotel booking itself will be helped along by artificial intelligence software agents, using data mining and intuitive computing. The new travel design science will help create highly personalized in-stay experiences. And it doesn’t end when you check out, because new analytics will also ensure lifelong travel fulfillment.’

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