Crerar Hotels targets personalisation through gamification

A Scottish hotel group is capitalising on the ongoing popularity of bespoke breaks for travellers through gamification, to create completely personalised booking suggestions for holidaymakers.

Crerar Hotels, which boasts seven four- and five-star hotels and inns in some of Scotland’s most awe-inspiring locations, has launched a dedicated quiz aimed at tailoring breaks to travellers – whether they’re looking to inject some adventure or take a more relaxed approach

Part of a reboot of the group’s ‘I Choose’ campaign for spring and summer, the quiz launches as the group revealed it has witnessed a boost in traveller confidence and an appetite for holidays in Scotland – with almost half of all bookings coming in 60-90 days in advance of stays.

The elevation of the bespoke element comes off the back of industry stats revealing that 86% of customers say personalisation plays a key role in purchase decisions*, and also ranks among the top hospitality trends of 2022 and beyond**.

It also builds on part of the offering that was already in place across the Crerar Hotels portfolio in terms of tailoring stays to suit guests’ tastes.

CEO Chris Wayne-Wills said, “We successfully tapped into personalisation when we initially launched ‘I Choose’ to time with the lifting of travel restrictions in 2021 and the re-introduction of freedoms many of us had missed when the pandemic kicked in.

“We were already sending out preference forms to guests a week before their stays which were very well received – wit more than 80 per cent filling them in with pre-arrival preferences.

'This year we wanted to build on this, ensuring that guests not only have their every whim catered to on arrival, but that we’re front and centre when it comes to helping them select the perfect break, in the ideal location with a fantastic itinerary.'

“Wayne-Wills continued, With our booking statistics showing a real surge in travellers booking stays two-to-three months in advance, people are putting real confidence in us to deliver a slice of authentic Scottish hospitality that suits their tastes – whether it’s chilling by the coast or ramping up the adventure in some of the country’s most rugged landscapes.

“It’s a real sign of the times that people have faith they can travel without limits on their freedoms almost exactly two years after they were taken away with the imposition of lockdown.”

The ‘I Choose’ quiz not only drills down preferences to recommend tailored escapes from Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa to Loch Fyne Hotel and Spa and Oban Bay Hotel – among others – but those who complete the quiz will also be entered into a draw to be in with the chance of winning the perfect summer break.