Survey Indicates Business Travellers Keen to Explore

A recent survey has concluded that business travellers hope to have time to explore the local area when on a business trip.

Around 48 percent of business travellers like to explore the neighbourhood around their hotels while on business trips, while 47 percent wished that they had more time to explore.

The survey, conducted by the Hotel Indigo brand, also reported that around 21 percent of business travellers are willing to forego their business remuneration for extra time to explore the local region, while around 29 percent are willing to compromise on sleep to do so.

Mary Dogan Winslow, the director for Americas Brand Management for Hotel Indigo, said, ‘At Hotel Indigo, we want our guests to feel refreshed and inspired by the things they discover about our neighbourhoods. Guests booking the ‘It’s Not All Business’ package can start and end the day in an inspiring way, with one of our local favourites.

When the workday is done, business travellers often feel stuck in their hotel rooms, but we encourage them to discover something new. They don’t just check in to our hotels; they check in to the neighbourhood.’

The Hotel Indigo’s ‘It’s Not All Business’ package includes a complimentary breakfast and a signature drink to unwind at night. The hotel dining venues offer seasonal menu choices, including local coffee and beer.

The brand currently owns eight hotels in the UK, including properties in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Newcastle, and three properties in London.

There are around 11 Hotel Indigo in the pipeline in Europe, while worldwide there are 46 Hotel Indigo hotels already running, and 52 in the development pipeline.

The brand is claimed to be popular in Europe as it offers a flexible approach for developers to redesign an existing or acquired hotel as a Hotel Indigo property, with less of an investment requirement and a quicker return to operation. For guests, the brand offers signature services as well as the attributes of a boutique hotel.