CLEARWATER, Fla. - Hotel Internet Services (HIS), a full-service provider of internet services and solutions for the hospitality industry, has released the full results of its latest survey analyzing how in-room entertainment and technology expectations have continued to increase and how such trends mirror the growing prevalence and reliance on newer technologies in daily consumer life. Conducted on more than 700 guests and 200 hoteliers, HIS' 2020 survey findings serve as a follow up to similar studies performed in 2018 and 2016, and significantly illustrate that more and more guests are seeking to embrace advanced in-room services and amenities such as content casting and voice-activated functionality.

Hotel Internet Services Unveils Survey Results Revealing New Insight into Guest and Hotelier In-room Entertainment and Voice Technology Trends — Photo by Hotel Internet ServicesHotel Internet Services Unveils Survey Results Revealing New Insight into Guest and Hotelier In-room Entertainment and Voice Technology Trends — Photo by Hotel Internet Services
Hotel Internet Services Unveils Survey Results Revealing New Insight into Guest and Hotelier In-room Entertainment and Voice Technology Trends — Photo by Hotel Internet Services

Of considerable importance to hoteliers is the survey's findings on the growing average number of personal devices that guests are now bringing with them and expect to connect to a hotel's Wi-Fi service. While 45 percent of guest respondents indicated that they travel with at least two devices, more than a quarter disclosed that they now travel with three, and almost 10 percent stated that they bring at least four. These findings combined with guests seeking to remain in guestrooms due to COVID-19 risks while attempting to keep themselves occupied will undoubtedly place a strain on existing hotel networks, with many likely needing to update their Wi-FI abilities in order to maintain a satisfactory experience.

Just as significant as understanding what needs to be considered to provide a reliable network connection, is the survey's findings over what guests now familiar with the multiple advantages of connectivity now look for from their in-room stay experience. With the mass adoption of streaming services and at-home casting technology by consumers, the desire to cast personal content from devices to guestroom televisions continues to grow rapidly, with 67 percent of 2020 guest respondents seeking availability of the feature. However, crucial for hoteliers is that 50 percent of guest respondents now indicate that the availability of wireless casting could affect their booking decision, while only 26 percent of hotelier respondents reported being currently able to offer the functionality. With the growing diversity of apps now increasingly used by guests such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Disney+ as demonstrated by 2020 survey responses and when compared to 2018's findings, HIS further reveals a greater need for hoteliers to adopt comprehensive in-room entertainment services that are compatible with the ever-expanding range of third-party applications in order to offer a high-quality and personalized guest experience.

"With much of the industry continuing to remain uncertain over how the current crisis will affect guest behaviors and expectations, it is more essential than ever to receive feedback from guests themselves so as to implement the kind of experiences that will ensure their return and ultimate satisfaction," said Gary Patrick, CEO of Hotel Internet Services. "Our newest survey findings importantly reveal that while guests may have once looked to hotel amenities for inspiration on how to improve daily home life, they now continue to increasingly expect hotel services to adopt the same heightened level of instant convenience and customization that consumer-based technology can provide. Taking these findings into consideration is especially important as a result of COVID-19 due to the ability of such technologies to not only enhance personalized guest experiences, but to also maximize operational efficiency along with social distancing and contactless abilities."

With virtual assistant and voice technology representing one of the fastest-growing technologies according to TechCrunch, another significant finding by the 2020 survey report is an increasing preference by guests for the feature to be made more widely available. 61 percent of surveyed guests in fact stated that they would likely use the technology if present in a guestroom, with 68 percent indicating that they would use voice to control in-room amenities such as thermostats and lighting. A sizeable number of respondents further indicated that they would use virtual assistants to request amenities or hotel information, enabling the ability to provide swift service for hotels operating with limited staff resources while reducing any health risks from direct physical contact.

For more information about the full range of technology solutions available from Hotel Internet Services, please contact Gary Patrick at 866-265-7575 Ext. 705 or email [email protected].

To download a copy of the HIS survey on guestroom entertainment and voice control technology, please click here.

About Hotel Internet Services, Inc.

Serving hospitality's connectivity needs since 2003, Hotel Internet Services, Inc. (HIS) is a leading provider of next generation communications technology including high-speed internet access, network security, guestroom entertainment, security systems and IoT management. Backed by 24/7 guest service, monitoring and support, HIS innovations include cutting-edge network technology, as well as GuestCast, the industry's most user-friendly and advanced streaming platform proven to provide the ultimate in-room entertainment experience. GuestCast guarantees user-friendly interaction with QR code-based device-pairing abilities, and ensures optimal performance with the GuestCast Dashboard. Hoteliers can leverage data-rich analytics and the GuestCast Dashboard to monitor the health and usage of individual casting devices, and to gain insight into the Wi-Fi signal quality of each network access point.

In addition to hotels and resorts, HIS also provides equipment and services to hospitals, casinos, military and student housing, senior living, timeshares, condos, conference centers, apartments, fitness centers and many other commercial venues. Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, HIS empowers countless hotels and resorts across the U.S., and its services are offered throughout North America, Australia, Latin America and Europe. For more information, please visit