Young business travellers prefer solo sightseeing and social workspaces: Hilton

Meeting space design concepts including dynamic, social work areas that feature all of the amenities needed by remote workers, Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Innovation Gallery pictured

Young business travellers aged between 23-35 and who attend meetings on the road have revealed to Hilton Hotels & Resorts in a survey that while buzzing social environment and in-person interactions during regular work hours, this segment would rather spend their evenings on their own.

The research identified that 84% of young business travellers say that they cherish their alone time during business trips, and nearly three-fourths (73%) report that they have a better experience when they spend downtime on their own.

Meeting space design concepts including dynamic, social work areas that feature all of the amenities needed by remote workers, Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Innovation Gallery pictured

When asked how this group prefers to spend their free time, results included: eating at local restaurants (69%); exploring the city and/or neighbourhood (59%); sleeping or relaxing (56%); working out (35%); and attending a Happy Hour (38%) or unwinding at the lobby/hotel bar (32%).

“We’ve all had over-scheduled business trips – with meetings from 09.00 to 17.00. and social obligations the rest of the evening – and the result is pure exhaustion. We applaud this next generation of travellers for highlighting a tension point many of us have dealt with for years,” said Vera Manoukian, senior vice president and global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

In looking at preferred work styles while travelling for business, findings were consistent with Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ 2018 survey results with 81% of respondents believing that they can get more done in-person.

Findings also underscore how their workspace – whether that’s a formal meeting room or multifunctional common space – plays a key role in spurring creativity, encouraging collaboration and ultimately contributing to positive outcomes. Key findings include:

Bustling environment: Two-thirds of respondents (63%) are more inspired in a busy, social environment when they are working alone/independently

Natural Light: 92% prefer natural light/windows in a meeting space

Colourful Spaces: 80% prefer a colourful meeting space with elements inspired by their surroundings

Intuitive Technology: 82% prefer a meeting space with ad

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