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11 best hospitality podcasts: Recommendations for hotels

  Posted in Resources  Last updated 11/07/2024

What are hospitality podcasts?

Hospitality podcasts are audio and/or video shows that focus on the hotel, restaurant, and tourism industries. These podcasts can cover a wide range of topics; from optimising hotel business revenue, to talking about hospitality industry trends, to light-hearted travel and tourism stories.

Ranging from 15 minutes to more than 60 minutes, hospitality podcasts can be hosted and consumed in a number of ways. These include dedicated podcast platforms, Apple and Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, and more.

Podcasts are on the rise, with more than half a billion listeners projected for this year and it’s set to be a 100 billion dollar industry by the end of the decade. And they serve a real purpose too, with 74% of listeners saying they consume podcasts to learn something new.

This blog will take you through everything you need to know about hospitality podcasts, including some of the best options for you to listen to.

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Why is a hospitality podcast useful?

A hospitality podcast can offer a number of benefits for you as a hotelier, both as a listener and a creator.

Finding a regular list of hotel podcasts to listen to in your downtime or on your commute can help you:

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest trends: The industry is one of evolution, being driven by guests who are constantly updating their preferences, behaviours, and use of technology.
  • Find new inspiration: Podcasts will often focus on innovation and strategy, which you can use to spark some ideas for your own business.
  • Gain expert insights: Podcasts can often take interview formats, which lends itself to high profile guests and industry leaders talking about their experiences. This will give you vital clues about what makes a business successful.
  • Discover practical advice and tips: Many digital hospitality podcasts will cover the same ground as a blog, but in a much more accessible way. Instead of reading, you can simply listen and take note of what interests you.
  • Network and problem solve: Listening to a podcast may allow you to discover other professionals that you want to connect with, either to learn from or strike up a mutually beneficial relationship.

Hotel podcast: SiteMinder’s Standard Room With Breakfast

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What defines the best hospitality or hotel podcasts?

To ensure you don’t waste time on lacklustre podcasts that don’t add any value to your business, there are some qualities you should look for in those that you listen to.

The best hospitality podcasts should offer:

  • Valuable insights: The information presented should be fresh, comprehensive, and actionable.
  • Credibility: Guests and presenters should be knowledgeable and well regarded in their field.
  • Specificity: It’s ideal if the podcast has a theme or topic that gives listeners a targeted lesson or insight.
  • High standards: High production quality – including audio and video quality, the professionalism of the speakers, and editing – should be evident.
  • Accessibility: Not everyone listens to podcasts in the same way. The best podcasts will make themselves available on a variety of platforms in order to reach a large audience.
  • Variety: Variety keeps things interesting, so good podcasts will usually have some different segments within an episode or mix it up week to week, to ensure the content remains engaging.
  • Regularity: Consistent episode releases ensure a steady stream of new content and means that the audience won’t forget to tune in.

Perhaps the biggest signifier of all these factors comes from reviews online and any awards or recognition within the industry, so keep an eye out for these.

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11 podcasts about hospitality 

So what are some good examples of podcasts about hospitality? Here’s a list of 11 hotel podcasts that we’ve found for your hospitality business to benefit from.

1. SiteMinder’s ‘Standard Room With Breakfast’

At SiteMinder, we have our very own hotel podcast called ‘Standard Room With Breakfast’.

Designed to give hoteliers new and unique perspectives on running a business and optimising revenue, ‘Standard Room With Breakfast’ features interviews with a wide range of industry professionals and leaders.

Don’t miss out on all the key insights. You can watch it here via SiteMinder’s YouTube channel.

Standard Room with Breakfast

2. Skift Podcasts

One of the most reliable publications in the travel industry, Skift also produces podcasts. With four productions to subscribe to, Skift has every angle covered when it comes to podcasts, with daily industry briefings, traveller deep-dives, airline news, and event manager tips.

3. Hotel Moment

Produced by Revinate, Hotel Moment focuses on insights and interviews with leaders from hotel brands across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

4. Hospitality Digital Marketing

If you want a weekly dose, this is the podcast for you. Hospitality Digital Marketing covers the latest industry news, trends, and marketing techniques for hoteliers.

5. Slick Talk: The Hospitality Podcast

Definitely a popular one, host Wil Slickers brings lived industry experience to a podcast that covers everything that makes hotels interesting, including interviews with some of the most established brands.

6. All in the Industry

Largely renowned as one of the more popular hospitality podcasts on the air, All in the Industry connects with some of the best talent in the industry to go behind the scenes and stay on top of all the latest happenings.

7. Suite Spot: A Hotel Marketing Podcast

If you’re looking for specific tips and tricks for your business, this podcast is for you. Suite Spot brings together industry experts to cover all things marketing from content, to search, to reviews.

8. Defining Hospitality

For more philosophical minds, Defining Hospitality is exactly that; a philosophical look at what makes hospitality what it is and how it impacts other parts of life. It’s a holistic view of the overall value of hospitality in society.

9. StayNTouch Podcast

StayNTouch offers extremely relevant and specific podcasts for hoteliers on a range of topics. These include: hotel technology trends, hotel PMSs, cloud technology, mobile, self-service, and more. The best thing is the majority of their podcasts are less than 10 minutes long meaning you can learn a lot in a short amount of time.

10. Hospitality Academy Podcast

Headed by the 30+ years experience of Susan Pannozzo, Hospitality Academy features interviews with other top industry professionals discussing topics such as guest experience, profitability, and training.

The show also delves into how hotel professionals can rise to the top picking up useful tips, like memory tricks and handling difficult customers, along the way.

11. TopFloor

It’s never a bad idea to look ahead and plan for the future. TopFloor takes a long-term view at hospitality, with host Susan Barry holding conversations with guests and stakeholders from every corner of the industry. 

So what happens when you take the learnings from your favourite podcasts and put them into action? Usually this means applying and executing strategies via a hotel platform such as SiteMinder, which enables hotels to maximise revenue and optimise operations.

There’s also some benefits for your business to create your own podcast, if you have the time and resources:

  • Establish yourself as a leader: Putting your own expertise out there and building your brand can only lead to good things.
  • Highlight your unique offerings: You can use your own podcast to do some marketing and make audiences aware of why your property will make such a good stay.
  • Reach a targeted audience: Interview guests or influencers relevant to your ideal guest and discuss topics that resonate with them.

Overall, if you have the resources, creating your own hospitality podcast could be a fun way to amplify your business and reach more travellers in a unique way.

By Dean Elphick

Dean is the Senior Content Marketing Specialist of SiteMinder, the leading technology provider delivering hoteliers unbeatable revenue results. Dean has made writing and creating content his passion for the entirety of his professional life, which includes more than six years at SiteMinder. Through content, Dean aims to provide education, inspiration, assistance and value for accommodation businesses looking to improve the way they run their operations achieve their goals.

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