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Brief Published: 28 Jun 2019

Hilton Envisages the Hotel of the Future

Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has released a report envisioning what the travel industry of 2119 will look like. Think hotel lobbies that evolve in real time based on our personal needs, 3D-printed room service and buildings made from ocean plastic.

According to the report, the role of technology in the hotel space will radically change the guest experience. It will allow for ultimate personalisation: temperature and lighting will be controlled by microchips below the skin; rooms will virtually evolve to simulate anything from the traveller's bedroom at home, to a tropical beach location. Hotel wellness will also have a tech edge, with guests able to climb Mount Everest virtually, race against computer-generated animals in the pool, and work out with holographic personal trainers.

Sustainability will also be key – only businesses that can prove they are carbon-positive will survive in the 22nd century. Hotels will be built from recycled materials with features like weatherproof domes that can survive the effects of climate change. They will serve as hubs for local people, with community-tended hydroponic gardens and insect farms.

Hotel menus will be mostly plant-based featuring alternative sources of protein. The report suggests beetle Bolognese, plankton pies and seaweed green velvet cake as possible dishes. Chefs will also create personalised meals based on guests' biometric data.

The report also envisages what leisure trips to space, or the depths of the ocean will look like. Miniature eco-systems will be available to visit via autonomous intergalactic space pods and individual submarines.

Launched by Hilton to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the report is backed by experts from across the humanitarian, technology, food and beverage and hospitality industries.

For more on the future of travel, read Tech-Forward Hotels and Ethical Travel's Mainstream Breakthrough.