With the presence of electric vertical takeoff and landing taxis (eVTOLs) strengthening, could this disrupt the hospitality industry?
The number of eVTOL manufacturers is increasing, with many not too far away from commercial certification.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
BEONx: eVTOL Industry Will Disrupt Hotels…
Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer of BEONx, Alex Barros, went into detail about how the eVTOL industry could disrupt the hospitality industry, more notably with hotels:
“The advent of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) taxis could disrupt the hospitality industry, potentially making traditional hotels obsolete.”
“eVTOLs offer a more compact and eco-friendly alternative to traditional airports, making them a feasible option for shorter travel distances.”
“In the long term, it’s possible that fixed routes, similar to airplanes and trains, will become common, with pre-scheduled departures.”
“This makes it vital for hoteliers to get involved early on, to secure an airport close to their properties.”
“The planned eVTOLs can carry one pilot and four passengers, with the eventual goal of becoming autonomous, which would increase total capacity to five.”
“Initially, pricing is expected to be twice that of a high-speed train, but this is expected to decrease as demand grows.”
“Additionally, eVTOLs may make it less relevant to have a hotel within “walking distance” from popular sites since travelers can get to the city center more quickly via air taxi than by navigating stop-and-start traffic.”
“This could drive down prices, as hotels far from the center begin competing for the same guests.”
“The hospitality industry needs to take note of the potential for eVTOLs to disrupt traditional travel and accommodation arrangements.”
“To stay ahead of the curve, hotels should consider securing their own vertical airports or premises near eVTOL airports and adapting their marketing and sales strategies to appeal to a broader range of travelers.”
The Flexibility of eVTOL Aircraft…
Over centuries, the world’s biggest and most influential cities have sprung up around ports and then, more recently, airports.
However, this may all be about to change with the emergence of eVTOLs.
Unlike conventional airports, eVTOL airports require a minimal amount of space and have low noise impact, which makes them a more practical option for urban travel.
With this innovation, a major city could have dozens or more departure and arrival points.
With this in mind, it remains clear that the hospitality business needs to get aligned with the eVTOL industry very quickly.
This would be in the foundation of teaming up with customers of respective eVTOL aircraft, as well as creating space for such aircraft to operate within the vicinity of hotels.
Looking ahead, it remains clear that the eVTOL and hospitality industry is one to look out for, especially with hoteliers, because if they don’t get with the times quickly, then this is a market that is easily missed.
But for now, the cards will now turn on hoteliers. Let’s see how they get on.