We’ve all got one: a friend or family member who always seems to know the latest and greatest place to stay while on holiday, and manages to get there before the rest of us even start considering our accommodation options. In fact, the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research show that not only does 8% of the population 14+ qualify as ‘Early Adopters’ in this respect, frequently being the first of their friends and family to try a new hotel or resort, but these people represent a golden opportunity for the tourism industry.
In the 12 months to March 2016, 13.5 million Aussies 14+ went on at least one holiday. Of these, 1.2 million agreed that they’re ‘often first to try a new hotel or resort’. Indeed, on their last holiday, 16.6% of these early adopters stayed at a luxury hotel or five-star resort, making them more than twice as likely as the average Australian holiday-maker (7.2%) to have done so.
Meanwhile 18.5% stayed at a four-star hotel or resort: again, a considerably higher proportion than the national average (13.7%).
Accommodation used on last holiday: Early Adopters vs average Australian travellers
Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), April 2015–March 2016 (n=10,134).
But this isn’t to say that these hotel/resort early adopters limit their options: they’re open to many possibilities, and are also more likely than the average Aussie holiday-goer to rent a fully self-contained flat/unit (11.3% vs 9.0%) or a serviced apartment (8.1% vs 5.2%) while on holiday.
However, while they may be first to try a new hotel or resort, and show a higher likelihood of renting self-contained units or serviced apartments while on holiday, these people come in below average for staying with friends/relatives — being almost 20% less likely than the average Australian holiday-goer (27.9% vs 34.5%) to have chosen this option on their last holiday. Motorhomes/campervans, tents/camping, B&Bs and cabins are also all distinctly less popular with this segment.