Minster or Med?
Iconic Kew Gardens Picture Has Baffled Brits Who Guessed It Was Snapped in Japanese Garden, Reveals Hampton by Hilton
YORK - Research out today by Hampton by Hilton has revealed that Brits are baffled when it comes to identifying some of the UK's most spectacular holiday hotspots. In a photo-challenge, created by Hampton by Hilton, Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) global brand of almost 2,200 mid-priced hotels, a staggering 76 per cent of Brits mistook top British beauty spots for exotic, overseas destinations, including Greece, Cyprus, Japan, France and California.1
- Almost 70 per cent of Brits have misidentified York Minster as a Gothic cathedral in the Mediterranean, reveals research from Hampton by Hilton
- Hotel brand is encouraging 'Seekenders' - those value-conscious travellers who seize the weekend to seek out new travel experiences - to embrace the beauty Britain has to offer
- "Wanting to explore a new corner of the UK" and "value for money" cited as the top reasons for choosing a holiday at home next year
Hampton by Hilton's research saw almost 70 per cent of Brits misidentify York Minster, with the majority guessing the photo was of a Gothic cathedral in Spain, Italy or France. The spectacular image showcased the Minster lit up as part of the city's Illuminating York festival. Even in nearby Leeds, less than half of those surveyed recognised the stunning image as York Minster, with Spain being the most popular guess for the building's location.
Hampton by Hilton is championing getaways in York and encouraging visitors to the city to take advantage of the centrally located Hampton by Hilton York. Famous for its exquisite architecture, visitors can explore tangle of quaint cobbled streets and iconic Minster.
Victoria Gabb, General Manager at Hampton by Hilton York, said, "We are lucky to be situated in such a stunning location and welcome visitors from across the UK every year. I have always recommended visiting the York Minster as it is the landmark of our city and is especially beautiful lit up in the evening. Our city is steeped in history, in fact, Hampton by Hilton York is built on the old York railway station site."
Research2 by Hampton by Hilton also points to a boost in demand for Brits to take a holiday at home, with almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of respondents planning to take as many or more UK holidays next year than they have done previously; and reveals why British "Seekenders" - those value-conscious travellers who seize the weekend to seek out new travel experiences - are keener than ever to embrace the beauty on their doorstep.
Tal Shefer, Vice President of Focused Service Brands EMEA, said, "With more than half of Brits (52 per cent) planning to take a break in the UK in 2017, we're proud to enable travellers to discover new destinations on their doorstep in a way that's affordable. We have 18 Hampton by Hilton properties in the UK, and a further 16 in the pipeline, spanning some of Britain's most spectacular locations, including York. There has never been a better time for "Seekenders" to explore incredible UK destinations, whilst enjoying our dedicated Hamptonality service."
When asked why a UK getaway features so heavily in this year's holiday plans, the top answer from respondents was "to explore new areas not visited before", followed by "value for money" and "reduced travel time". One in 10 Brits surveyed, claimed they have enjoyed some of their best holidays in the UK.
Hampton by Hilton hotels across the globe offer guests a hot breakfast included in their stay and a range of amenities including a 24-hour complimentary fitness room, complimentary Wi-Fi and Hampton by Hilton's 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. All rooms feature an HDTV, in-room coffee and tea maker and the brand's signature 'Clean and Fresh' Hampton bed® to ensure complete comfort for every guest during their stay.
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1 The photo-challenge results
2The research was conducted by Censuswide, on behalf of Hampton by Hilton, with 2,000 respondents aged 16+ in GB between 01.11.16 – 07.11.16. The survey was conducted from a random sample of UK adults. Censuswide abide by and employ members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles. Full survey data available upon request.
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