The latest travel trends are driving people to spend more time and money at hotels.
According to data from the travel industry website Hotels.com, hotels and resorts across the United States were the second most popular destination for the average American, with 3.8 million hotels booked in the first half of 2018.
Travelers spent an average of $2,064 per night at these hotels, and the average stay was about $8,822.
With the advent of new technology and hotels’ ability to offer better facilities, such as Wi-Fi and indoor plumbing, it’s easier than ever to find an affordable hotel in the U.S.
As the industry continues to grow, hotelier David Leavitt is hoping to capitalize on the trend by expanding his business into the Caribbean.
Leavitt, the owner of Tybee Island Hotels and the owner and operator of the Palm Beach International Airport, says he has had the opportunity to experience the hospitality industry in the Caribbean as a guest of a few major Caribbean resorts.
He says he’s already been to two Caribbean islands and hopes to travel to two more before the end of the year.
Leahe, the hotelier at Peabody, says the trend is about the same.
“The people are staying at these properties, but they’re also staying at hotels that have better amenities, like outdoor bathrooms and private pools,” Leahe said.
“I’ve heard a lot of great things about these properties and want to see what happens in the future.”
While the number of American hotels booked is on the rise, there are still many out there that do not offer a full suite of amenities, such a spa, sauna, and other facilities.
Leavits goal is to find ways to offer guests more of what they want to experience in a hotel, whether it be a spa or other amenities.
“We have a very large spa, so we’ll have people coming in who have not had a spa,” Leavit said.
He hopes to see how guests react to the spa and the additional amenities offered in his hotel.
“People will see that we are catering to the needs of our guests,” Leavenitt said.
For now, Leavitte is hoping that he can sell more hotels to help keep the industry alive.
He also hopes to expand his business in the Virgin Islands, which are the only two Caribbean countries with a hotel industry.
“We’ve always had the capacity to serve all of our customers in our country,” Leavaitt said, adding that he plans to continue to offer his services to the islands.
“My main focus right now is to see if I can continue to expand this business in other parts of the world, and I think I can.”
For more on the hot spots in the United Kingdom, check out our article from March that has an overview of the hot areas in England.