The Fraunhofer Institute believes that technological advances with be among the most important forces driving the hotel industry, leading to some major changes over the next ten years.
- The hotel room is decorated to meet guests’ particular tastes
- The bath water is just how they like it
- The minibar is stocked with their preferred range of drinks
- Their favourite music is playing in the background.
- Guests will be checked in by robots, which will also provide a first class range of services for the duration of their stay.
- Automated ‘smart’ rooms will be fully equipped to meet the needs of guests.
- Guests will have their own profiles, which they can either enter via a PIN on a smart phone or which are transmitted by means of biometric authentification.
This data can then be used to individually adapt the lighting, air conditioning and even the colour of the room. In the hotel rooms of the future the entire infrastructure will be designed to aid relaxation:
- Gentle curves instead of sharp edges
- Smart ‘energy beds’
- Wall displays with giant screens, serving as an interactive interface to all the different communication channels and providing a workspace for business travellers.
However, technological innovation is not the only topic under consideration in planning the hotels of the future, and ecological aspects will play an increasingly important role in meeting the needs of guests.
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