Hotels Are Finding “Resort” Is Not a Relaxing Name

Don’t Use the R-Word: Hotels Find Trick to Business Bookings (Wall Street Journal)

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Several hotels have decided that having the word “resort” in their name is not good for business.  Apparently the perception of the word “resort” is driving customers away because of its association with big spenders such as companies caught up in the U.S. financial crisis.  This is a nice example of how an uncontrollable external factor can impact a marketer.  In this case, the meaning of a word in a product’s name has been affected by news headlines.

Hoteliers call the resulting fallout the AIG effect. Politicians railed against companies—especially those that got federal aid—meeting at resorts in live-it-up locales like Las Vegas. In turn, companies and government agencies revised travel policies to discourage, if not prohibit, resort stays.

What will it take for these hotels to reinstate the word “resort”?

Image by Lisa Andres

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