The highlights of the brainstorming session included lots of imaginable ideas from the kids, including "guest room access that recognizes your fingerprint instead of keycards, wall color that changes at the click of a button, customizable design elements that are predetermined by the guest before arrival, microwaves that cook up anything you want, and a robot butler serving your every whim."
While obviously held in part for fun and publicity, Residence Inn does appear to be taking a few concrete things away that shed light on the big picture of travel in the future. One such example is that future travelers are going to value "customized experiences with a tech twist."
“These children have very different expectations, views and opinions of travel than our guests today. Their world is technologically advanced and there is no limit to their imagination,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “We host a lot of families with children at Residence Inn. Who knows, we might test some of these out-of-the-box ideas in the near future.”
Near future? Most likely not. Could you imagine the backlash against hotels if they started "collecting" your fingerprints? We do, however, have them crossed that our meals start materializing from a "microwave that cooks anything we want." That would certainly solve the overpriced minibar problem!