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Industry Insights

Hard Surface in Hospitality 

Offering a stellar combination of luxurious style, supreme durability, and effectiveness at reducing germs, hospitality companies are incorporating more valuable hard surface products into their gorgeous spaces. 

With the travel industry back in full swing and all sectors experiencing high demand worldwide, the hospitality industry is quickly responding to new standards and desires when it comes to providing a quality stay. Consumers have come to expect a level of safety equal to the level of luxury that a hotel provides, and the right type of flooring used for these spaces can go a long way in ensuring a safe, comfortable experience. 

Traditionally, the ideal floors used in hospitality spaces will offer one-of-a-kind, memorable style, as well as supreme durability to both impress guests and handle their collective wear-and-tear. With a greater emphasis on safety and cleanliness now magnified in the flooring selection process, the valuable advantages of Luxury Vinyl Tile become increasingly hard to resist. Here are a few of the key reasons that we will continue to see a steady rise in the use of hard surfaces in hospitality spaces:  

Versatile Construction

From lobbies and bars to dining areas and bedrooms, the average hotel features many areas that constantly experience heavy foot traffic and a high turnover rate. Additionally, many hotels are now examining how to reorganize the flow and congregation of guests to provide more space and mitigate the spread of germs. The durability of LVT makes these floors resistant to scratches, stains, and indentations from foot traffic, as well as strong enough to weather repeated cleaning more than other flooring options. Products like iD Latitude Stones offer features such as best-in-class Techtonic™ protection and a 20-mil wear layer ideal for high-traffic spaces.

Many luxury vinyl options such as Progen LVT also offer a higher level of sound reduction to help quiet the foot traffic that a busy hotel will encounter. Better sound reduction helps guests work and unwind more effectively, as well as receive a more restful night’s sleep. These benefits greatly improve a guest’s overall experience and are more likely to be reflected that way in surveys.

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The modular characteristics of LVT construction also provide efficient installation, making it an excellent choice for quick remodels in areas that need greater durability and moisture resistance. For instance, Adaptt LVT with SureSet technology is designed to drastically reduce the time and expense of floor installation. The unique sculpted wave backing system allows air and moisture in the subfloor to breathe, so Adaptt can be installed directly over the subfloor without an underlayment. Pressure-sensitive adhesive is pre-applied during manufacturing, so no glue is required on site. Once Adaptt has been installed in a commercial application, it is available for immediate use which greatly reduces the cost of downtime!

Adaptt LVT

Safety/Reducing Germs – In the aftermath of a global pandemic, business and leisure travelers want additional health and safety measures. Keeping rooms and surfaces pristine, clean, and sanitized has always been a top priority for hotels, but this will be even more imperative for the foreseeable future. With new, stricter cleaning guidelines to help battle bacteria and viruses, many hotels are installing more hard surface products that make it easier to keep high-touch surfaces clean and turn sanitized rooms around quicker for guest availability. 

ProGen LVT

Easy to Clean – Nonporous surfaces such as LVT are easier to clean and sanitize since they won’t harbor germs or bacteria in the first place. Unlike carpeting, LVT can be cleaned quickly and efficiently multiple times a day without the need for special equipment and with minimal disruption during 24-hour traffic. Carpet and area rugs can be extremely time-consuming to keep clean and dry, especially with frequent cleanings in-between guests amid new cleaning guidelines. More required cleanings can put additional wear and tear on carpet fibers and backings, whereas LVT presents a low maintenance solution for high-traffic common areas, as well as hotel bathrooms, countertops, vanities, shower surrounds, and even walls.

In the end, the best hotel flooring should be versatile, beautiful, durable, easy to maintain, and easy to repair. Hard surface flooring helps spaces look cleaner and feel larger while helping a cleaning staff cut down on overall cleaning time. LVT not only checks all of the major boxes but is also up to the challenge of giving major hotel chains the fashion-forward aesthetics and low-maintenance solutions they seek!

Industry Insights

Travel Trends in the Hospitality Industry in 2022 

After the past two years of lockdowns, uncertainty, and travel restrictions, the world is opening back up and the hospitality industry is booming once again. While the pandemic severely limited travel for both business and leisure, quarantining reminded everyone to never take the tourism industry for granted again and to seize the opportunity to travel whenever possible. 

In addition to the invaluable benefits of experiencing new cultures and cities that expand our understanding of the world, travel benefits both the global economy as well as the local economies of the communities visited. Currently, online travel searches, flight purchases, and hotel bookings are surging as individuals and families are beyond excited to make up for the lost time. How has the pandemic changed the way that we will travel and reshaped what we desire from hospitality spaces moving forward? 

Here are four developing travel trends in the evolving state of the hospitality industry in 2022:  

Bucket List Trips 

Now that everyone has witnessed how quickly the ability to travel can be taken away, bucket list trips and far away locales are being booked more than ever before. The extended time at home helped many reach the resolve to make visiting their dream destination a reality. In addition to more trips being booked further miles away, travelers are booking more luxury experiences. Many exotic locations experienced a greater number of summer bookings ahead of schedule.

For the hospitality industry, this means that designing one-of-a-kind spaces and creating unforgettable impressions is a tremendous priority. Tarkett Hospitality’s custom design program offering wide-ranging product, color, and design choices without compromising quality gives hotels the ability to craft gorgeous unique spaces that visitors will share on social media and share with everyone they know. 

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Big Cities Are Back

Big cities and their respective dining, nightlife, and attractions took a massive hit during the pandemic as guidelines called for vastly reduced capacities or shutdowns altogether. Now, bustling US cities including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Nashville, and many more have experienced a surge in flight and hotel reservations in 2022 that shows no signs of slowing down. 

Summertime travel deals are making it easier for visitors to descend upon these prime cities, which coincides perfectly with the 2022 travel trend of longer hotel stays and longer travel itineraries. Many big-city luxury hotels offer much more affordable rates during summer which makes these trips even more attractive to travelers itching for an amazing experience. 

Emphasis On Wellness 

It’s no secret that the pandemic brought health and wellbeing to the forefront, and summer 2022 travel plans certainly reflect that. Travel agencies are finding that wellness activities and wellness-centric travel are a top priority this warm season, which includes immersive cultural experiences, outdoor physical activities, healthier dining, disconnecting from devices more, spa treatments, and better sleep! From yoga retreats and outdoor excursions to hotels with onsite spa facilities, searches for wellness-related amenities and travel are up and will look different for each traveler. 

In 2022, Tarkett Hospitality has already sponsored industry wellness discussions where attendees learn how hospitality brands are integrating wellness and sustainability into their projects and what more the industry can do. This correlates with a greater hospitality emphasis on biophilic design to reflect beautiful, sustainable environments that support health, wealth, and enhance the quality of life and performance.

Thoughtful Hotel Priorities  

It should also come as no surprise that the pandemic has placed an incredibly high priority on convenience, contact-less functions, cleanliness, and sustainability when it comes to hotel stays and hospitality spaces. The traditional process of checking in and getting physical room keys will continue to give way to mobile check-ins and check-outs, digital smartphone keys, email communication, and text notifications. In addition to convenience, these methods reduce the risk of germs and make hospitality brands come across as more thoughtful, progressive, and desirable to travelers. 

Although cleanliness has always been the most important expectation for a hotel stay, rigorous hygiene and cleaning service have never been higher priorities! In addition to being more germ conscious, travelers are more environmentally conscious to counter the effects of climate change. Eco-friendly hotels that communicate a commitment to health and the planet through paperless policies, using sustainable products, and harnessing more solar energy will continue to have the advantage in a growing competitive accommodations market. 

Tarkett Hospitality’s human-conscious design and flooring philosophy ensure that the final surfaces best serve people and the environment. By using healthy materials, thoughtful design, and environmentally conscious manufacturing, Tarkett Hospitality helps to achieve superior indoor air quality through flooring as well as creating hospitality flooring that is easier to keep clean with fewer allergens. 

No matter how travel trends change throughout summer 2022 and beyond, a human-conscious design approach helps reassure travelers and hospitality employees alike as world travel opens back up. Tarkett Hospitality is committed to providing innovative, custom surface solutions that contribute to the health and well-being of all. It’s time to update our passports, open our hearts, connect with other people, cities, and countries, and cherish the ability to travel once more.