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Hilton Launches ‘Sounds of the Stay’ Audio Track to Help Travellers Maximise their Summer Holidays

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One in four admit they struggle to switch off on holiday
  • Nearly half (47%) of Brits take two or more days to truly relax and unwind when they arrive on holiday 
  • Still being distracted by everyday life (39%), worrying about work they’ve left behind (30%), work they’ll be heading back to post-holiday (29%) and even pet separation anxiety (11%) were revealed as the top barriers to activating holiday mode
  • A fifth of travellers (21%) say listening to music helps them to ‘switch off’ when they arrive on holiday
  • In partnership with psychologist and ASMR expert Dr. Giulia Poerio, Hilton has released ‘Sounds of the Stay’ - an ASMR track designed to help holidaymakers unwind whilst travelling to their destination and make the most of their holiday 
  • The track includes travellers’ favourite holiday sounds - gentle waves, the splash of a pool being jumped into, a friendly greeting at your hotel and the white noise of chatter at the buffet breakfast

New research has revealed that it takes two or more days for almost half (47%) of Brits to relax and unwind when they arrive on holiday.  

This will be a familiar feeling for many people. Still being distracted by everyday life (39%), worrying about work they’ve left behind (30%), work they’ll be heading back to post-holiday (29%) and even pet separation anxiety (11%) were revealed as the top barriers to winding down in the early days of a holiday.

And with a staggering 69% of Brits saying that the prime reason for taking a break is to rest and relax, Hilton, which has over 7,000 hotels worldwide, has teamed up with psychologist and ASMR expert, Dr. Giulia Poerio, to offer a solution.

‘Sounds of the Stay’ is a brand new ASMR track designed to help holidaymakers rest and relax and make the most out of their stay. Hilton researched what sounds transport travellers instantly into holiday mode, with gentle, crashing waves (41%), the hum of an aeroplane pre take-off (24%), the crunch of sand underfoot (24%) and a friendly greeting when arriving at their hotel (21%) coming in at the top of the list. Listen to the track on YouTube below or on Spotify.

These sounds inspired the unique ASMR track which also includes other aural cues that people say transport them instantly to their favourite holiday place, such as the splash of that first dive into the pool (20%) and unzipping a suitcase (20%).

ASMR researcher, Dr. Giulia Poerio, who advised on the track, said, “The impact of everyday sounds on our levels of relaxation and wellbeing is something of increasing research interest, especially over the past few years. It makes sense then that sounds we commonly associate with holidays might help bring people closer to those sought after feelings of rest and relaxation even before people arrive at their getaway destinations. Working with Hilton on this ASMR-inspired track has highlighted the techniques we might use to help mentally transport us in preparation for that well-deserved holiday respite, allowing us to unplug before fully switching off.” 

Whilst many do struggle to switch off straight away, almost a third of travellers (30%) feel they’ve officially started their trip whilst travelling to their destination. Putting on an email ‘out of office’ notification (16%), finishing their packing (12%) and arriving at the hotel (9%) were also markers of a trip beginning.  Hilton’s research suggests that listening to these tracks whilst achieving pre-holiday milestones could help holidaymakers get into the mood that bit earlier, too. 

Patricia Page-Champion, senior vice president and global commercial director, Hilton, said, “Having spent most of my career in and around hotels, I’ve always loved the look on people’s faces when they walk through the door - the happy feeling of a holiday about to begin. A great stay offers the opportunity to pause, reflect and reconnect, and through this track we wanted to help people get that holiday feeling even before their holiday begins.”

The ‘Sounds of the Stay’ ASMR track has been produced at the optimal length, pitch and frequency scientifically proven to help people relax. The steady three-minute track features a wealth of soft, slow, repetitive noises - such as footsteps across crunchy sand and suitcase wheels rolling over marbled hotel floors – sounds which are ideal for helping listeners relax and unwind.

Realistic sounds, including the friendly hotel greeting upon arrival or the closeness of crisp hotel sheets when climbing into bed, help listeners to create a sense of immersion and allow them to fully absorb sensory experiences to simulate the location they’re listening to.

To encourage optimal relaxation, Dr. Poerio also recommends listening to the ASMR-inspired track whilst lying down, feeling the sun on your skin, and to help facilitate those holiday daydreams.

When on holiday, the activities that help Brits switch off include feeling the sun on their skin (48%), enjoying leisurely meal times (44%), spending the day by the sea (43%), being looked after by hotel staff (22%) and listening to music whilst relaxing (21%). 

Research findings revealed that a digital detox could also be key in aiding relaxation as reading a book (37%), not setting an alarm (32%) and reducing social media usage (15%) also ranked highly in the list of ‘switching off’ activities.

Whilst it may take a few days for some Brits to settle into their holiday, the post-holiday ‘glow’ begins to fade after an average of 3.2 days, disappearing completely a week (7.4 days) after we return. However, Hilton’s findings reveal that looking back at holiday photos (36%), eating food from your holiday destination (23%) or finishing a holiday read (22%) could be the key to postponing the post-holiday blues. Listening to Hilton’s ‘Sounds of the Stay’ track is another way to extend the holiday feels too, as a fifth (21%) of Brits reveal listening to music that reminds them of their stay also helps. 

Additional findings

With more than two thirds of Brits (67%) believing that it’s very important to fully relax when away on holiday, Hilton’s findings also revealed the best type of holiday to make switching off from everyday life a little easier. Whilst beach holidays (56%) came top of the list, cultural/city breaks (30%), walking (28%) and adventure holidays (16%) also ranked highly, suggesting that immersing ourselves in new and exciting environments could help us tune out our everyday lives back at home. 

Top ten sounds that help transport Brits to holiday mode:

  1. Waves crashing gently (41%) 
  2. The hum of an aeroplane getting ready to take off (24%) 
  3. The crunch of sand beneath your feet (24%) 
  4. A friendly greeting at your hotel (21%) 
  5. The splash of a pool being jumped into (20%) 
  6. Unzipping a suitcase (20%) 
  7. Suncream being applied (19%) 
  8. Suitcase wheels along a hotel floor (17%) 
  9. Slow buzz of crickets (17%) 
  10. Ice cubes clinking in a glass (15%)

Methodology

The survey of 2,000 UK adults who travel was carried out by OnePoll between the 4th and 9th of May 2023.


About Hilton

Hilton is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 22 world-class brands comprising more than 7,500 properties and nearly 1.2 million rooms, in 126 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed over 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, was named the No. 1 World’s Best Workplace by Great Place to Work and Fortune and has been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for seven consecutive years. Hilton has introduced industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the more than 180 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube


About Hilton Corporate

Hilton is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 22 world-class brands comprising more than 7,500 properties and nearly 1.2 million rooms, in 126 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed over 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, was named the No. 1 World’s Best Workplace by Great Place to Work and Fortune and has been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for seven consecutive years. Hilton has introduced industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the more than 180 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube