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The Sustainable Hotel: Designing for Well-being

March 1, 2023

Sustainable hotel is more than just a growing travel movement. It is also fast becoming a priority—and perhaps even a moral imperative—for hotel executives and hotels around the world to make decisions that are good for the hotel, as well as the community's well-being and the environment.

Sustainable Hotel Design for Well-being

The Global Hotel Industry: Growth and Travel Trends

After the unprecedented travel restrictions imposed during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the global hotel industry is experiencing a revival. In 2023, the worldwide hotel sector is predicted to have a value of $408.80 billion[1]. By 2027, it is expected to have a market volume of US$483.4 billion, with an estimated annual growth rate (CAGR 2023-2027) of 4.28%[1].

As countries continue to lift pandemic restrictions in 2023, this growth looks set to accelerate. Holidaymakers seeking to make up for lost time will increase hotel occupancy rates while also looking for more unconventional types of holidays.

Furthermore, with the rise of private home bookings via a range of digital platforms, such as Airbnb, hotels are going up against fierce competition to satisfy customer demand.

With a stronger focus on their overall experience, hotel guests today have higher standards, and the ever-changing environment of travellers has prompted numerous adjustments in the hospitality sector. And, many hotel companies are turning to eco-consciousness, well-being, local infusion, and smart-room technologies as part of their design strategies.

Let’s take a closer look.

How to Design a Sustainable Hotel Focusing on Well-Being

As the world works towards achieving net-zero emissions, the hotel industry is undergoing radical changes to play a role in this transformation. At the same time, the shift in travellers' behaviours offers an extra incentive for hotel construction companies to embrace sustainable solutions.

The Sustainable Travel Report for 2022 found that 81% of global travellers think sustainable travel is important[4]. 57% of those people said they would feel better staying in accommodation if it had a sustainable certification[4].

The hotel business has two incentives to change its methods. First, they must fulfill their climate mitigation obligations. Second, they must compete with the growing demand for well-being-focused vacations.

Designers are using space, light, and acoustics to foster well-being by crafting harmonious interior environments. Read on to discover how the hotel industry is creating sustainable spaces to meet the demand for well-being.