Will Augmented Reality Enhance The Hotel Stay Of The Future?
— 7 experts shared their view
While virtual reality can be used to attract travelers to a specific destination, augmented reality has the potential to enhance the experience as it is lived. From the point of view of sales and advertising, AR is a great way to show offers and promotions in real-time: a traveler could point the camera at a restaurant and see the menu-of-the-day come to life, or watch hotel room rates shown over the "real" property. It is likely that the future of travel will be made up of a mix of multiple realities: phenomenal, virtual, and augmented.
How will hotels be able to benefit from the technology?
Professor at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
In the wake of new technology adoption due to COVID we are at the perfect place for adoption of Augmented reality. New guest experiences can be created and new revenue streams become available with this technology. Marketing and entertainment spring to mind as great starting points, tours and navigation as well as these have been tried and tested already and of course F&B could really leverage on this technology. Virtual menus enhanced cocktails for example all become possible. Hotels that then champion this on social media can create great buzz around their brand. But really good infrastructure will be vital for this to be a success. The big question remains in the investment needed. Will AR be a budget priority over the next few years. That we will have to wait and see.