The concept of a hotel has been around since the dawn of time. In early civilizations there were many establishments that offered varying degrees of hospitality to weary travellers and that tradition has continued and grown into a massive global industry with hotel chains offering the best in comfort and hospitality and all trying to outdo each other in attracting the customers.
However, has this once mighty and unassailable business about to meet its end? Are places such as the Hilton, Four Seasons and Park Hyatt going under? Well, they’re not in too much trouble at the moment but they may actually be seeing a decline in their fortunes due to the number of ways that people can secure accommodation in other countries now.
Hotels today are in the position of having to compete with several other sites such as AirBnB, Couchsurfing and StayMyPlace. These are websites who offer something different for the discerning traveller. Travellers today aren’t generally as picky as they used to be, especially about accommodation, the phrase “Just need a place to get my head down” is so often heard when people are thinking about travelling to another country. These travellers need just the bare minimum in accommodation so they can spend their money on other things in their desired location.
Sites like Stay my Place offer travellers the chance to rent accommodation directly from the renter and at an extremely low rate too. These places range from the typical granny flat to a penthouse apartment overlooking somewhere like Sydney Harbour. This has many of the hotel chains in an uproar about the quality of such an arrangement but for the low budget traveller this is exactly the sort of thing they’ve been looking for. These sites just act as a listing for the person wishing to seek or rent accommodation and they can choose to accept payment in many forms.