Summer ideas springing to mind
Though it?s early spring, many families are already making their summer travel plans and, by many accounts, those trips may be closer to home due to rising gas prices. With that in mind, it?s a good time to rethink kids programming to ensure it appeals to families who may be familiar with the area. A few ideas:
- Augment suggested activities with little-known or hidden gems ? places to go and things to do that will surprise and delight the younger set and, therefore, their parents.
- Using your local connections, create a package that includes an ?insider? experience geared to teens ? perhaps a private tour of a major league sports venue with an opportunity to get into the home team locker room, for example.
- If there is a children?s book set in your city or one written by a local author, arrange for signed copies to be part of the welcome amenity for each family checking in with age-appropriate kids.
- Step up your in-room amenity program for kids to create a ?wow? factor upon arrival that will set the right tone for the entire visit.
- If you have a spa, consider creating a children?s menu of simple services that can be done in-room.
- Re-imagine your kids in-room dining menu, adding color and variety as well as just-for-fun items.
- Invite kids ages 8 and up to be honorary advisory board members and give them a baseline survey upon checkout followed by periodic opinion polls regarding services you offer or are considering offering for children.
I?d love to hear what you?re doing and what is working best in your hotel. And if you?d like to see what we do, this link will take you there.