Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Frequency of travel may influence how often americans eat breakfast - says survey from Hyatt Place

As Americans great ready to enter the third month of travel in 2019, a new survey from the Hyatt Place brand found that the more people spend their time away from home, the more likely it is that they will eat the proverbial “most important meal of the day.”

It's rather interesting, we here in the Air101 tend to agree, Jason never eats breakfast - unless you include that dark brown sludge he calls coffee in an ancient Denby mug breakfast. Yet, away from home or office, he does like to indulge in scrambled egg.   Josh has one of those cereal type bars for breakfast every day, unless he's swanning it up in a hotel then it is the full works.  Adam, however, is the creature of habit,  he always has a bowl of rice crispies (or the nearest equivalent) home or away or at aunty Jean's. Oh, an none of the team are American despite Jason living there for a while and Josh seeming to be going to Boston every other weekend!

The Hyatt Place survey of 1,507 respondents, which was conducted by Toluna on behalf of the Hyatt Place brand, looked at a range of breakfast habits among those who travel at least six times or more per year (frequent travelers) versus those who travel five times per year or less (infrequent travelers). 

The findings are as follows:

A majority 63 percent of respondents who identify themselves as frequent travellers indicate they eat breakfast at least three or more days per week. 45 percent of infrequent travellers indicate the same
Nearly half (49 percent) of frequent travellers indicate they eat breakfast more often while travelling, while 40 percent of infrequent travellers indicate the same. For those who indicated why they eat breakfast more often while travelling, frequent travellers were most likely to credit extra time as a key factor for “why,” while infrequent travellers were most likely to credit someone else making it for them as their main reason “why”

Eating breakfast tops the list of things frequent travellers would do with an extra 30 minutes in the morning, while infrequent travellers were more likely to choose sleep
A majority (53 percent) of all Americans and nearly two-thirds of frequent travellers (63 percent) have chosen a hotel because of its breakfast offering
Nearly half (49 percent) of frequent travellers describe breakfast as being made up of their favorite foods, compared to 36 percent of infrequent travellers
One in three frequent travellers have met someone new while eating breakfast at a hotel
Eggs/omelets are the go-to breakfast choice for Americans overall (26 percent), followed by breakfast sandwiches (15 percent) and then pancakes (8 percent)

Recently, the Hyatt Place brand unveiled a new elevated regional breakfast experience at Hyatt Place hotels across the U.S. Guests have the option to choose from a variety of high-quality breakfast offerings that draw from food culture from five regions across the country, including the Atlantic, South, Heartland, Southwest, and West Coast. In addition to the regional breakfast rotations, Hyatt Place hotels in the U.S. will offer cage-free scrambled eggs, cage-free hard-boiled eggs, all-natural bacon and sausage, Oikos® Greek yoghurt, fresh-cut fruit, steel cut oatmeal, rosemary-garlic potato medley, and artisanal bread, including banana yoghurt bread and zucchini spice bread.

Hyatt Place Florence Downtown South Carolina Photo Hyatt
“Leisure and business travellers alike expect high quality and flexibility when it comes to their culinary experiences, and as this survey suggests, both components play a direct influence on their breakfast eating behaviour on the road,” said Brian Contreras, corporate director of culinary operations, Americas, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. “The new Hyatt Place regional breakfast offerings directly address guests’ needs and expectations by featuring fresh, regionally sourced ingredients that are sure to satisfy a myriad of food preferences.”

Hyatt Place hotels across the U.S. feature regional breakfast rotations, each giving guests a taste of the region they are visiting:


Hyatt Place hotels in the Atlantic region will feature:

Cinnamon French Toast with apple butter
Corned Beef “Red Flannel” Hash
Crustless Spinach and Cheese Quiche
Regional Bread: Bagels


Hyatt Place hotels in the South region will feature:

Sweet Potato and Roasted Corn Hash with Creole seasoning
Turkey Sausage and Pimento Biscuit Sandwich
Buttermilk Biscuits and Country Sausage Gravy
Regional Bread: Cornbread


Hyatt Place hotels in the Heartland region will feature:

Buttermilk Pancakes with roasted apples and granola crunch
Heartland Scramble Bowl with diced shoulder bacon
Green Chile Corned Beef Hash
Regional Bread: Marble rye


Hyatt Place hotels in the Southwest region will feature:

Chocolate Churro Bread Pudding
Breakfast tacos with pork carnitas
Chipotle Beef Barbacoa Hash
Regional Bread: Cornbread

West Coast

Hyatt Place hotels in the West Coast region will feature:

Granola Crunch Belgian Waffles with mixed-berry compote
Mediterranean Scramble with chicken sausage
Regional Bread: English muffins

According to the study, respondents from the Northeast chose the “Atlantic” breakfast menu as their favourite, while respondents from the Midwest chose the “Heartland” menu and respondents living on Western half of the U.S. preferred the “West Coast” menu. Southerners were found more likely to try the different regional menus offered at Hyatt Place hotels.

World of Hyatt members who book an Eligible Rate or a Points + Cash Rate or are on an award stay will enjoy this breakfast complimentary with their Hyatt Place stay. For all other guests, the breakfast will be available for purchase1. Guests can sign up for World of Hyatt at