The number of people traveling is growing at an increased rate, especially by residents living in countries such as China, the Middle East and South America. As the number of travelers continues to increase, airports are looking to new and innovative ways to make the experience easier on them.
The New York Times reported that a construction boom of hotels in and around airports is currently occurring worldwide. Many major hubs are opening transit hotels for passengers, including those on business travel, to provide a quiet place to rest in between connecting flights. There are also hotels serving as conference centers that include restaurants and bars to assist with professionals that are simply in town for business meetings.
Hotels at airport terminals
As more airports turn to the option of building hotels near terminals for added convenience, Airports Council International said many developers are incorporating high-class features as well as building them within the complex so there’s no need to take a shuttle.
More recently, Starwood Hotels and Resorts opened a 349-room Le Meridien in Terminal 3 at Cairo International Airport. According to the New York Times, the new airport hotel will help companies avoid the difficulty of navigating through developing areas where traffic is a challenge.
Luxury airport hotels now pepper the Crowne Plaza at Changi Airport in Singapore, while the Sama-Sama Hotel in Kuala Lumpur International Airport is a resort-like retreat featuring spas and pools as well as meeting space for conferences.
Airline bookings are an important part of a hotel’s business and the Eaton Smart transit hotel in New Delhi, India, gets approximately 7 percent of its business from travelers, the source reported. Eaton Smart offers a discount to passenger who stay there while Turkish Airlines offers a free room at the TAV Airport Hotel at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport when passengers have a layover between seven and 10 hours.
Other airport hotels include Incheon Airport Transit Hotel in Korea and Haneda Excel Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.