Covid-19 has brought social distancing to the forefront, leading to many of us staying indoors over the previous months. This brought back a demand for gaming and esports, a trend that has lasted even after inbound restrictions were eased. Pretty much in time for school holidays, hotels took note by incorporating fun elements that have become even more popular – the integration of VR and e-sports in hotel rooms and spaces.
The Mira just launched its Racing Simulation Experience staycation which welcomes guests to visit a dedicated F1-themed room and Nintendo Switch room to game with family and friends. And it’s becoming popular. “Seeing such a great response this season, The Mira chose to invest in a custom Car Racing Simulator room, or a Room to Vroom, that has become a new highlight of the Mira Wanderland”, shared Alexander Wassermann, Head of Hotels & Serviced Apartments, Miramar Group about the hotel's dedicated guest engagement activity zone.
He added: “The room is themed after a racing track and features two stations with curved, wide-screen LCD monitors for gaming and racing car chairs equipped with Sparco Thrustmaster force-feedback steering wheels and pedals for an immersive experience.” Guests can compete against each other while enjoying their staycation at the hotel as part of the room package.
Similarly at The Langham, Hong Kong, guests can experience VR-themed staycations. The Game On package was popular among families during the summer holidays. Dedicated e-sport and VR rooms include the Esports Room with car simulators, the VR Experience Room, a Party Game room with Nintendo activities and the Retro Game Room designed for children.
“Guests are seeking new types of entertainment as they get used to the new normal and importantly, guests thoroughly enjoy being immersed in different worlds or realities as they are seeking escapism, fantasy and new experiences,” said Marcel Holman, managing director of The Langham, Hong Kong. “With esports, it’s really very popular among Hong Kongers simply because consumers have plenty of choices when it comes to a wide range of esports games to choose from, from sports-themed to war, to fantasy games, hence there’s always a right game for everyone."
With the ongoing pandemic, Hong Kong hotels are seeing a resurgence in online gaming and e-sports. “We are living in this era where consumers are online to a degree that we’ve never experienced in the past, and a large percentage of this time is dedicated to online games or entertainment pursuits,” said Holman. “Residents are more eager than ever to spend quality time with their loved ones after experiencing the critical epidemic period, so we have designed a myriad of staycation packages for guests to reconnect with each other.”
“E-sports are certainly gaining in popularity while hassle-free travel options remain limited and a new generation of staycationers seeks exciting entertainment befitting their interests,” added Wassermann.