Hotels are trying to woo you. They know how important you are in influencing decisions made in the family like vacations. So be prepared to direct your parents to hotels and resorts that are going to focus on your needs. Here is an excerpt from an article on this subject in USA Today.
Several hotels have introduced new activities, programs and menus to appeal to teen-age and pre-teen guests — and their paying parents.
•Omni Hotels this summer launched a “Teen Connection” program. At select locations, teen-age guests can contact the Teen Concierge through Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, or text message and ask for recommendations on what to do.
•Hyatt Hotels and Resorts this week introduced the “For Kids by Kids” menu, a re-designed menu for children and pre-teens that features low-calorie, low-fat foods and QR codes that lead to information about healthy eating. A three-course organic menu by celebrity chefAlice Waters also is available. The menu was approved by a group of young taste-testers.
•The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes offers a 50-minute teen massage and 50-minute teen facial, each for $120.
•Sofitel Luxury Hotels has partnered with TV5MONDE, a French language network broadcasting in the United States, to create Tivi5MONDE, a French language channel specifically for guests up to age 13.
•And the Tysons Corner, Va., Marriott, is offering newAmerican Girl getaway packages and had free viewings of American Girl’s McKenna Shoots for the Stars at the hotel.
Bjorn Hanson, dean of New York University‘s hospitality school, says hotels are trying to build loyalty as early as possible. Teens and younger Millennials have become an influential demographic because they set social trends through their use of Facebook and Twitter, he says.
They also have a lot of pull with their parents, who “offer an increasing amount of influence, even control, to the teens in the family,” he says.
David Strebel, the 18-year-old Teen Concierge at the Omni Berkshire Place in New York, says too often, hotels and cruise ships offer programs for younger guests that are “juvenile.”
“When I travel, I’d like to see programs that cater more toward me,” he says.
READ MORE: Click belowthe original article from USA Today , written by Nancy Trejos