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Why Hotels should look at providing services for Families

For the last 10 years, Hotels have been very busy integrating the computer age into their properties. This has meant that most capital expenditures have been focused on providing data ports, internet capabilities in the rooms, and integration of reservation systems over the internet.

In talking to some of the suppliers of this type of technology and service to this industry, even they indicated that this market has become very competitive. A large segment of the hotel market has now reached a stage where their services for the business traveler in this area are creating a level playing field. These market suppliers are now concentrating on new construction as opposed to retrofitting.

Computer technology is improving at such a fast rate.  While business still necessitates travel, the need may not be so great as technology improves.  In addition, many companies are looking at cost cutting measures, with the most prominent corner being cut - executive travel expenses.

A recent article published on e-hotelier.com indicates that the business traveller may not even require all the technology currently in place in many hotel property.  Service Executives quoted in the article that "Fewer than 5 percent of business travelers use high-speed Internet access in their hotel rooms".

Hotels now need to look to other areas of the market for their competitive edge. One market that has largely been ignored in the computer age is the travelling family.

Stats Canada reported in Spring 2000 issue that in data from 1996 the vast majority of Canadians, 84.2%, live in families and 66% of those had children.  In other words that puts approximately 16 Million people or over 4 million family units containing children in Canada alone.  While the statistics used for this article are Canadian, American Statistics seem to be following the same course.

The family dynamics has changed over the last 10 years also. 7 out of 10 couples with children under 16 have two incomes, are marrying later in life when their income levels are higher and more families are lone parent families with over 80% headed by women.

As women are traditionally the caregivers for children, and the majority of families have a woman as part of the family structure, it probably goes without saying that the women in the family usually plan the family vacation.

And again as primary caregiver, these women will most likely look for accommodations that provide services for children. In 1998 pleasure as the main purpose of a family one or more night family travel was estimated at 47%. Nearly half of the reason. Between 1986 and 1998 the hotels and motels as the choice of accommodations has increased by 20%.

Families want activities when they travel as an extension of our hectic lives and the pace that we have become accustomed to. "Hotel operators who develop products that fit in with the frantic pace of life of their clients are becoming increasing "Kid Friendly".

Visitors to Canada with children under 2 increased 17% in the 90’s decade. We have also seen a 33% increase in one parent family trips.

Many hotel chains are now starting to aggressively market their product to the family market.  A recent survey conducted by the Hilton Hotels Corporation and Yankelovich Partners found that "two thirds of parents questions said that vacations are the only 'real quality' time that families spend together".   For Travel News about programs for families and children at Hotels and Resorts go to Hotel  and Resort Travel News.

The Hotel Fun 4 Kids™ Program and services are designed to help this industry promote and enhance their services for families with our "Gotta Get It" Concept.

"Gotta Get It" has three phases to assist hotels in increasing their share of the family market.

Phase 1

Gotta Get It Ready is the first aspect of this campaign. Before you want to encourage families to visit your property or promote your property as "Kid Friendly", you need to look at what you have to offer and what you can do to improve or enhance what is offered for families at your property.  

The Hotel Fun 4 Kids™ Program is a one-stop shop for kid friendly products and programs specifically designed for the Hotel Industry. For a more detailed list of what we offer go to HOTEL FUN 4 KIDS SERVICES.

We make it easy to be Kid Friendly with our unique line of Play Area Products and Welcome Packages and Promotional Products, Toys and Concepts for Children on Check-in at Hotels.

Phase 2

Gotta Get it Listed is part of the marketing aspect of the Hotel Fun 4 Kids™ Program.  Currently experiencing just under 200,000 hits per month from all over the world, the web site www.hotelfun4kids.com offers great exposure for any hotel or resort looking to promote itself as Kid Friendly.  For information on listing options go to Web Site Listing Services.  We can also help promote your family travel packages including Welcome Packages and Promotional Products, Toys and Concepts for Children on Check-in at Hotels.

**Web site featured as a "Best of the Web" in the February, 2001 issue of Lodging by the AH&MA**

An article in the Toronto Star issue of April 29, 2000, reported that by 2001 17 Million households in North America with children under 18 would be online. A Senior Travel Analyst from Forrester Research estimated that Families will make up 40% of those researching travel online. Internet travel has jumped 1500 percent in the last four years.

Parents are looking for information on family travel online. It’s a fact. They might not necessary book online, but the anonymity of being able to find the information and then contacting the hotel directly either online or by phone to make the booking creates a level of trust and personal feeling.

The web site www.hotelfun4kids.com is designed to promote family travel by providing access to Hotels and Resorts, with comprehensive descriptions of the hotel’s children’s services and the rating under the Program as a HOTEL FUN 4 KIDS™ Destinations.   Parents  can also find travel information, including safety tips and links to safety information, travel news, travel tips including car and air travel.

An explanation of the rating system designed under the program is also shown on the web site. Family Attractions and activities in the area near the hotel that are family oriented are also promoted.

We recently added ski resort listings as well in response to industry reports that more skiers and snowboarders are visiting Canada.

The Contact Us page also has a form for parents to complete where they can request brochures from HOTEL FUN 4 KIDS™ Destinations and a brochure about the HOTEL FUN 4 KIDSä Program and Rating System.

Phase 3

GET IT RATED under the Hotel Fun 4 Kids™ Rating Program.

The rating program provides parents with a quick reference as to hotel services when visiting www.hotelfun4kids.com.

It is based on the needs and wants of parents to provide the information quickly, at a glance. Time is a very scarce commodity in today’s world, with parents researching family vacations when they have a spare minute. Information needs to be easy to read, accurate and the rating system provides a quick reference for hotel services.

There are basically three levels of hotel services that the ratings take into account – the Destination Resort which falls in the 4- 5+ rating, the Active Family Hotel, which most likely would be a 2-4 rating where parents are visiting local attractions and want some facilities for children at the hotel and are usually travelling with active children/teenagers, and the airport or stop over hotel – which would likely be a Kid Friendly or 1 rating.

Under our Premier service for the web site, the rating symbols play another role.

A non-exclusive license is granted to display the rating symbol at your hotel, on your web site and brochures.

Displaying the rating symbol at your hotel can provide parents who travel without reservations quick reference to your hotel’s services for families. Stats Can reported that in 1997 2.4 Million Americans took overnight trips to Canada and that 89% of those trips were by car.

As our site is visited almost equally by Canadians and Americans and hotels are listed throughout North America (and shortly world-wide) the rating symbol will also become familiar to them.  The rating symbol will gain world wide recognition, not just as a singular country rating.

There is a market out there that makes it worth your while to "Get it Ready", "Get it Listed and Get it Rated.


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