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Aussies put brains before beauty when it comes to their ideal hotel buddy

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July 11, 2012

Aussies put brains before beauty when it comes to their ideal hotel buddy

Australians have proven they?re not a shallow bunch choosing brains over beauty when it comes to their idea of an ultimate hotel companion or ?plus one?.

According to a fun survey carried out by, more than one in four (22%) Australian travellers look for a hotel buddy with substance, preferring intelligence over looks (9%) when choosing their ideal hotel room companion.

Well known for their love of life and laid back attitude, Australians rated having a sense of humour high on the list with almost three quarters (68%) voting for a funny hotel buddy. Half of Australians (51%) said they wanted a fun traveller to shack-up with.?


Top five characteristics Aussies look for in a plus one when staying in a hotel room:

  1. Sense of Humour
  2. Trustworthiness
  3. Similar lifestyle values
  4. Fun
  5. A love of life


When asked which family member Australians would most like to share a hotel room with, the majority chose their husband or wife (56%) followed by a sibling (15%).

Australians voted to share a hotel room with their four-legged friends or pets (8%) over grandparents (1%).

At the other end of the spectrum, the biggest turn-off for Australians when looking for an ideal hotel room buddy was snoring with well over half (63%) of Australians voting for a non-snoring ?plus one?. Selfish-natured hotel room companions were also unpopular with 60% of Australians preferring not to bunk with egotistic personalities. Both smoking and flatulence also registered high up as unpleasant characteristics.

Katherine Birch, Director of Marketing Australia and New Zealand, said:

?Through surveys like this we continue to learn about what our customers want and need, which is how our loyalty program was born. Our customers told us they wanted a simple and easy-to-use loyalty program so we created Welcome Rewards. This gives our customers and their favourite ?plus one? one free night for every ten nights stayed across more than 65,000 hotels around the world.?


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