After Largest Guest Listening Exercise In Its History, Hyatt Makes First Step In Evolution Of Guest Experience
Insights From Women Inspire Launch of New Amenities and Services
"These changes represent a first step in re-thinking how we do business – they show we are ready as a company to break free from the 'one size fits all' playbook and have a real conversation with our guests to better understand what they want," saidSara Kearney, senior vice president, brands, for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. "We are excited to introduce new amenities and services today that guests told us they wanted, and we are even more excited to see how our new approach will continually allow us to offer solutions to the issues today's travelers face."
Listening to Our Female Travelers
Hyatt began its efforts to evolve the guest experience with an intensive 18-month effort that included more than 40 facilitated group discussions around the world. Because women are such a critical segment of travelers, Hyatt focused its efforts on creating solutions to the issues that many women face on the road. While each feature was driven by insights from female travelers, Hyatt believes all guests can benefit from these new enhancements.
Hyatt's approach to listening goes well beyond typical market research by incorporating tactics aimed at understanding the deeper emotional needs of guests, creating ideas that target those needs and quickly prototyping and testing the ideas. Each feature launched today was perfected in real-world Hyatt hotels designated to incubate innovative ideas before global rollout.
Hyatt's research indicated women want:
- Assurances that their guest rooms have been cleaned and an open ongoing dialogue with the hotel to provide feedback. Guests will now find communication cards that allow housekeepers to provide personal confirmation of a thoroughly cleaned room and open the door to two-way communication, encouraging guests to share additional needs during their stay.
- An easy way to obtain items forgotten at home without breaking stride. All business travelers forget things. Women, however, are often much more reluctant than men to seek assistance when they do, which can make something simple such as leaving a cell phone charger at home much more disruptive for female travelers. Hyatt is introducing Hyatt Has It, a service for all guests that will offer essentials such as a phone charger, curling iron, steamer, yoga mat, makeup remover wipes and razors to keep, borrow or buy.
- To maintain their health and well-being on the road. All guests will find new menu offerings that include fresh juices and smoothies, balanced portions and "create your own" options, all of which are grounded in Hyatt's industry-leading food and beverage philosophy, Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.
- Bath products that are of high quality. Hyatt hotels will now offer all guests upgraded, high-quality bath amenities from KenetMD Skin Care,Le Labo,June Jacobsand Aromapothecary across its portfolio of brands.
"I have read guest surveys for many years, but our new way of listening to guests and digging deeper leads to more meaningful findings," saidDave Jacobs, general manager, Hyatt Regency O'Hare, one of the hotels selected to conduct real-time testing of the new enhancements. "Hyatt has set itself apart by designating several operating hotels as 'hospitality labs' so that we can get ideas right before global launch. We're even working with staff to interact with guests differently, asking new questions to truly understand guests' needs."
For more information on new amenities and services at Hyatt hotels, and to learn more about Hyatt's new guest listening approach, visit www.hyatt.com/experience.
About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 12 premier brands and 679 properties in 54 countries, as of September 30, 2016. The Company's purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to create value for shareholders, build relationships with guests and attract the best colleagues in the industry. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences and vacation ownership properties, including under the Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Andaz®, Hyatt Centric®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt™, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™ and Hyatt Residence Club® brand names and have locations on six continents. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.