Research conducted by The Hotel Show, taking place in Dubai this week (18-20 September 2017), discovered that younger travellers are more concerned with the quality of sleep they will get on holiday than ever before.
According to UAE hospitality professionals, sleep is big business throughout the region’s hospitality sector, opening-up almost every aspect of bedtime for upgrading and customisation.
In hotels across the region, guests now have a host of options to cater to their perfect night’s slumber.
These include being offered a pillow menu (where firmness, shape, material and filling are all available for choosing); the utilisation of any mattress technology; decorative or blackout blinds; or sleep-promoting spa treatments.
Sameer Ahmed, sales director at Restonic, a Dubai-based mattress manufacturer and supplier explained: “As new hotels come on to the market at an unprecedented rate, existing properties are looking to keep-up with the latest technologies, services, facilities and – most importantly – bedding, that they can offer.
“We were recently asked by a prestigious five-star hotel in Dubai to create a customized high-end mattress to suit their status as a leading global brand. Of course, we were more than pleased to oblige. Taking our already most popular high specification Hotel Comfortcare mattress, we increased the comfort levels and strength and durability even more.”
The importance of sleep and its connection with mental and physical wellness is a regular line of communication within the millennial demographic, which has promoted sleep and rest awareness, and driven a steep rise in wellness tourism.
Dubai will open the first wellness resort in the Middle East this month with the launch of The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel.
Gary Williams, event director at The Hotel Show – which will gather hundreds of hotel suppliers and professionals for three-days of networking from Monday – said: “With more sleep and bedding exhibitors coming to the show this year than ever before, it’s clearly now the case of ‘if you snooze, you lose’ when it comes to embracing new nighttime innovations.
“The millennial holidaymaker is health and rest-conscious, and used to experiencing the very best the world has to offer. Both of these factors come together in the growing importance of hotels being able to provide a first class sleeping experience.”
Restonic is supplying two Hotel Comfortcare mattresses for the first ever ‘Middle East Housekeepers League of Champions’ at The Hotel Show Dubai.
During the live competition, two typical hotel rooms will be set-up back to back with a bed, curtains, flooring and TV units.
The rooms will then be turned upside down, and the two teams compete head-to-head to put the room back to its original state in just 15 minutes.
The Hotel Show Dubai 2017 is running at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from the 18-20 September 2017 as part of Dubai International Hospitality Week. The Dubai Tourism endorsed event, organised by DMG Events and the DWTC, is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors.
The three-day event, taking place at the DWTC, encompasses six hospitality and foodservice trade shows under one roof: The Hotel Show and The Leisure Show (owned and organised by dmg events); GulfHost, The Speciality Food Festival, and SEAFEX Middle East (owned and organised by DWTC); and yummex ME (jointly organised by DWTC and Kölnmesse).