How will your hotel art stand out?

Today’s hotel industry battle to be the top choice of tourists and travelers does not only revolve on the quality of service, the state of its facilities, or the reasonability of its rates. Today, guests are also after experience, and something to please their eyes, minds, and spirits during their stay.

The New York Times have noted it, the innovative world combined with the new breed of guests—the millennial, are pushing hotels of any kind to push beyond their limits and means, just to seek and appeal to their “desire for new experiences and stand out in a competitive market.” One way to do it? Art. This trend of adventurous, knowledge and experience travelers is only beginning. Currently, one-third of all travelers are millennial — a percentage that will only increase. By 2020, it’s projected that half of the money spent in the travel sector will come out of the pockets of millennial. Indeed, in the coming years, this age group will be shaping the tourism industry over the next decade.

During the past few years, the hospitality industry has been witnessing the rise of the newest trend—Art Tourism, which does not only promote a locality’s art through exhibits and museums, but through and within the hotels as well. From local artists to world-renowned painters, sculptors and the like, hotels have been scrambling to house a collection, beautiful and noteworthy enough to gain attention, hence, an influx of guests curious of what they can offer.

“People are really wanting to collect these experiences,” said Jonathan Frolich, vice president for global brands at Hyatt Hotels’ Andaz brand. “They’re looking to be immersed in local culture.”

With almost every hotel adapting this marketing strategy, how can your hotel stand out? Here are some ways you can do to get your hotel art noticed:

Get as much publicity as possible.

Set up your own online brand. Create an identity online as part of your marketing strategy. As said earlier, the rise of millennial as the great chunk of travelers today can give you a clue on how to expand your network and reach. Have an active presence online. Showcase your hotel and its art through social networking sites. Write blogs. Conduct events and use it as public relations.

“People want to Instagram. People want to tweet about it,” said Gavi Wolf, a founder of Indiewalls tells The NY Times.

Never underestimate the power of these platforms. The most important thing is being consistent. Post a photo once or twice a week. Publish posts once or twice a month. Engage with your audience and produce click-worthy uploads.

Use your art to tell a story.

Don’t just display an artwork just for the sake of it. Sometimes, people feel when hotels are trying too hard to go with the trends, not to serve their guests better. Be genuine and invest in artworks that are truly in line with your brand, your story and your hotel’s identity. It is important to have a connection—with your artworks and your guests as well.

What story do you want to tell your guests? What kind of hotel are you? More importantly, what kind of people run this place? Your art could be one way of making one-way conversations with the people who will choose to stay in your property.

Your goal should not only be one of the hotels with the biggest art collections, but be a hotel that tells their story, their brand and their identity through the artworks seen inside it. Successful hotel doesn’t always have to have the most expensive, most popular and biggest art pieces in the world. Most of the time, its about the connection that is felt by the guests through art and how did it make them feel during their stay.

Study your market and act on it.

People always talk. Despite this day’s advancement in technology, one of the best and effective marketing strategy is the word of mouth. Hotels with interesting art displays, thought-provoking pieces and controversial works will always be talked about. Intrigue and curiosity is one method of driving people to your property’s doorstep. At the same time, magnificent, jaw dropping collections are also the talk of the town.

In the end, while the world’s tourists are looking for the same thing, a hotel can truly stand out by being true to its origins, its vision, its character. The differences of approaches these hotels do in order to keep up may be synonymous, but they are unique at the same time. Guests value art more than you think. It is important to relay your message, brand, and story to your market and use art to your advantage.

Do guests notice your hotel’s artworks?

Do hotel guests care or notice if their hotel has good art? Hospitality tourism and hotel art have been a trend for a time now. More and more hotels from anywhere in the globe have been investing millions in acquiring good art for their guests.

There is a growing number of hotels all over the world who compete with the leading art galleries in acquiring artworks, which essentially will attract more guests. Some even convert their property to an exhibit, hosting programs that hone the interest of people art—in any of its forms.

Today, art is one of the hotel industry’s newest marketing strategies. Hotels with interesting art displays, thought-provoking pieces, and controversial works will always be talked about. Intrigue and curiosity is one method of driving people to your property’s doorstep. At the same time, magnificent, jaw-dropping collections are also the talk of the town.

However, does it make a difference to guests? Would they want to stay in a hotel more because of this amenity? Do travelers choose hotels for what hangs in frames on the walls?

Today, more than ever, guests from all over the world are fueled by intrigue, and the desire to experience as much as they can. This phenomenon is very much common to the newest breed of travelers, the Millenials. A decade and a few years after the new millennium, the tourism and hospitality industry has become a witness of the rise of the newest breed of tourists and travelers alike, who are slowly dominating the globetrotting population.

The hotel industry has discovered that incorporating distinctive pieces into a property’s design can enhance the décor, feel and ambiance of a hotel – regardless of its classification: luxury or budget. In fact, Art is used by luxury hotels to stand out from another while budget or local hotels use art to showcase history and tradition. Art incorporated with tourism gives a cultural lift on every travel or trip.

Thought-Provoking

Indeed, art is one of the hotel industry’s newest marketing strategies. Hotels with interesting art displays, thought-provoking pieces, and controversial works will always be talked about. Intrigue and curiosity is one method of driving people to your property’s doorstep. At the same time, magnificent, jaw-dropping collections are also the talk of the town.

History Re-telling and Cultural Lift

Art incorporated with tourism gives a cultural lift on every travel or trip. Ideally, hotels feature the artworks of their local artists, as a way of giving them exposure, and at the same time sharing the culture of their place to their visitors. One way to see it, customers feel and think that the attraction is getting a cultural lift on a business trip which may not allow time for a gallery or museum outing. It is very similar to getting a trip to the gallery or museum which enables them to get to know the place and the people, as well as their way of life represented by art.

Art for Relaxation

More than making you feel happy, relaxed, thinking, or calm, differently themed artworks can do wonders for your mental health and overall disposition and well-being.  More and more studies show a direct link between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety. In fact, the majority of the hospitals in the United States are giving arts a higher priority than mere decoration for sterile rooms and corridors.

Art consultants and hotelier experts alike believe that art has a key role to play in helping the new enterprise to find a distinctive voice. Art is no longer just for decoration. Today, it is a voice—a brand character and personality which can make or break a hotel’s name and branding. Indeed, it is a way for hotels to set themselves apart.