The future luxury hotel room: Experts' views on memorable guest experience generators

Joern Henning Buehring, Barry O'Mahony (Other), John Dalrymple (Other)

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic researchpeer-review


Recognized as the primary market forces behind the 'experience economy' phenomenon - globalization, advances in technology and rising consumer affluence, have motivated producers in the luxury hotel sector to adapt products and services to include unique experiences. Profound changes have also been observed in how tourists engage with destinations, attractions and hotels, while increasingly seeking memorable experiences. The purpose of this research was to identify how producers responsible for the design and development of luxury hotel guest rooms respond to or intend to respond to consumer demands for memorable experiences, now and in the future (to the year 2020). The study engaged expert producers in a Delphi-like study using Pine and Gilmore's (1998) experience framework to identify the primary memorable experience generator categories that producers considered essential to generating new sources of economic value when designing the future luxury hotel room.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCAUTHE 2015: Rising Tides and Sea Changes: Adaptation and Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


  • Delphi method
  • Tourists
  • experience
  • Hotels-Customer services
  • Hotels-Design and construction

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