“You’ve got mail” is now a reference that most people under the age of 30 associate with an old movie — if they’ve heard of it at all — and not the way we used to get excited to log on to our dial-up internet to check for new “electronic mail.”

Now, people crave “inbox zero” as they are bombarded with daily messages from brands. But email is still one of our most-used digital touchstones, and a key way for hoteliers to stay in touch with their guests.

Revenue from email marketing is expected to reach 13.7 billion dollars by 2025. Because it’s such a lucrative and highly-used channel, the competition can be stiff — and hoteliers need to make sure that their email campaigns are up to standard.

It can be difficult to parse what, exactly, those standards are. What is a “good” email open rate? Or survey response rate? Or cancellation recovery conversion rate? Or newsletter click-through rate? We’ve analyzed 1.8 billion emails to help you understand exactly how your hotel email marketing measures up to your peers’. Because when hoteliers master the email channel, they win — and so do guests.

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Level Hotels & Furnished Suites had their sights set on an email marketing machine powered by first-party data. But they were held back by a non-hospitality CRM that couldn’t enable smart segmentation for personalized campaigns. After implementing Revinate, the small corporate team now leverages automated and one-time campaigns with high performance metrics. Email has become their leading direct booking channel, tripling their email attribution compared to last year.



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Global email channel benchmarks

Global email channel benchmarks

Let’s start at the most fundamental level.

The average performance for any hospitality email campaign, irrespective of audience, region, segmentation, or topic is:

  • 35.6% open rate
  • 2% click-through rate
  • 0.2% conversion rate

Less than one percent conversion rate? Yes, really. Consumers receive massive amounts of marketing emails, and usually only interact with a few of them in comparison. Consider this number the bare minimum. There is a lot that you as a hotelier can do to entice more guests to interact with your emails. It comes down to that age-old marketing mantra: send the right person the right message at the right time.

The first step? Narrow down your audience. Who do you want to reach? Guests who stayed at your property in the fall? Guests who previously gave you a 5-star rating? Guests who booked via an OTA?  Potential guests who abandoned the booking engine without completing a reservation?

Once you specify your audience, you can craft messaging that will resonate with their specific interests, characteristics, or behaviors and send it at the time when the information will be the most relevant to them — e.g. for a birthday or anniversary, after signing up for a newsletter, or when they’ve canceled a booking. This process of narrowing down your audience is the art of segmentation — and it can multiply your average conversion rates many times over.

The impact of segmentation: Benchmarks for open rates, click-through rates, conversion rates, and revenue

The impact of segmentation: Benchmarks for open rates, click-through rates, conversion rates, and revenue

If a perfectly-targeted email is a five-star feast tailored to each guest’s palate, then a Customer Data Platform is the ultimate kitchen, equipped with all the necessary tools and ingredients to whip up a flawless culinary creation. To serve up highly personalized emails, you need rich guest data that is easily segmentable by guest preferences, stay history, geo-location, demographic data, and more.

The more data you collect, the more specific segments you can create by applying multiple segment filters. And the more specific your audience is, the more you can tailor your messaging to their needs and interests. And in turn, the more revenue you can generate.

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Revenue per segment filter

Our data shows that the more segment filters you apply to an audience, the more revenue per recipient you’ll earn — 2.6x more revenue by adding just three filters.

Benchmarks based on send size

The smaller and more targeted your audience, the higher your open rates, click-through rates, and conversion rates. In fact, the conversion rate for segments with under 5,000 recipients is 2.6x higher than the global benchmark for any campaign. And it’s over 23x higher than emails sent to over 50,000 recipients.

Instead of sending broad, generic emails to large swaths of your database, create multiple highly-targeted campaigns to reach specific audiences with relevant promotions. You’ll capture more direct revenue and build loyalty with your guests.

Campaign performance: Benchmarks for OTA-winback, newsletter, cancellation recovery, and other campaign themes

Campaign performance: Benchmarks for OTA-winback, newsletter, cancellation recovery, and other campaign themes

As with all benchmarks, it’s important to compare “like to like,” so we’ve broken down email performance according to different campaign types, like OTA-winback, we miss you, or room offers.

When designing email campaigns, there are two ways to structure them: one-time or recurring. As the names suggest, these campaigns are defined by how often they are set up and deployed to their target audiences.

Recurring campaigns are “set it and forget it.” They are triggered to send when a guest performs a certain action: for example, a cancellation recovery email will automatically be sent after a guest cancels their reservation. They have a predetermined message and segments that apply to each send.

One-time campaigns are all about flexibility. You select the audience segments and craft the message each time. But even though they aren’t “set it and forget it,” they represent important opportunities to engage with your guests — and have big upsides for revenue potential.

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The main recurring campaign types include:

Birthday: Send guests a promotion or special package ahead of their birthdays.
Cancellation recovery: Win back lost bookings by prompting guests to re-book their stay at a later time.
Cart abandonment: If guests leave the booking engine before completing their reservation, send a follow-up email reminding them to complete their booking or offering an incentive.
Double opt-in: These emails aren’t about making bookings — at least not up front. They are designed to secure guests’ permission to receive marketing communications from you and comply with privacy regulations. But guests who double opt-in tend to be very engaged, and we’re able to track revenue from these guests down the line.
OTA-winback: Send OTA bookers an email after they’ve completed their stay to entice them to book direct on their next visit.
Pre-arrival: Get your guests excited for their upcoming stay and share relevant details about their reservation or promote available activities and amenities. These are also a great opportunity for upsells.
Qualification: Set up a custom recurring campaign based on the qualifying event of your choosing. For example, you can use qualification campaigns trigger emails when a guest achieves a new loyalty tier, or when they submit a form on your website.
Welcome: Automatically send guests a welcome email after they complete their check-in giving them a warm reception and letting them know about special events or amenities.
We miss you: Send past guests a special note when nearing the anniversary of their last stay, reminding them of the special time they had.

Three popular types of one-time campaigns are:

Events and announcements: Planning a holiday soiree at your restaurant? Offering seasonal packages? Let your guests know and invite them to join you.
Newsletter: Send your guests regular updates about goings-on at your hotel and share photos that keep your property top-of-mind for when guests are ready to make their next trip.
Room offers: Trying to fill up last-minute vacancies or round out the season? Use offers and promotions for specific rooms or packages to entice bookers.

Benchmarks for recurring campaigns

Each one of these campaigns is another tool in a hotel marketer’s kit for winning direct revenue and guest engagement. Compare your campaign performance to these global benchmarks for open rates, click-through rates, and conversion rates for recurring campaigns.

Revenue benchmarks for recurring campaigns

When benchmarking the average value per booking (ABV) and average room nights per booking (RNB), it’s clear just how lucrative these campaigns can be. Cart abandonment emails net the highest ABV globally at $1,312.

Need ideas for your next campaign? Check out our inspirations page with examples of top-performing emails from hoteliers around the world.

Benchmarks for one-time campaigns

Regularly deploying one-time campaigns can help you round out your revenue goals and create even more opportunities to connect with your guests. Performance metrics are lower on average for one-time campaigns, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth the effort. Just look at these benchmarks for room nights booked per campaign and average booking values: Even though newsletters aren’t typically heavy on a sales pitch, they can drive an average of 270 room nights per campaign and an average booking value of $1,289.

London hotelier The Other House used their April newsletter to promote upcoming occasions like Easter Brunch alongside regular activities like wine tastings, new cocktails on the menu, and walking tours. Sent only to their opt-in subscribers, The Other House generated an impressive 428 room nights from this newsletter.

Top campaigns by average booking value

All campaign types are important — but some hold a special place in our hearts. Here are the top three revenue-generating email campaigns by average booking value.

Upsells: Benchmarks for utilization, revenue, and categories

Upsells: Benchmarks for utilization, revenue, and categories

Confirmation and pre-arrival emails are an important touchpoint for preparing guests for their visit to your property and for starting their stay off on the right note. They’re also the perfect opportunity to offer your guests an upsell — whether it’s a room with a better view, a dinner special at your restaurant, or champagne for two.

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Upsell utilization

At the global level, 42% of hoteliers are using upsells with their confirmation or pre-arrival emails, up one percentage point compared to 2022.

Upsells utilization by hotel size

When comparing by hotel size, hotels with 51+ rooms grew their upsell usage by several points. Hotels with 1-50 rooms had lower upsell utilization overall, and decreased their usage slightly compared to last year.

Upsells utilization by hotel class

We see more variation when examining upsell usage according to hotel class. Upper Midscale and Midscale hotels had the largest increases in their upsell usage over 2022, landing at 57% and 42% respectively. Upper Midscale properties also had the highest upsell rates. Meanwhile, Luxury hotels had lower utilization at 35%. A well-deployed upsell is both a chance to bring in more revenue and a chance to delight your guests by showing you understand them. Upsell offers can be personalized according to stay history, preferences, and more. Ignoring upsells is a missed opportunity.

Upsell revenue per booking

At the global level, upsell revenue from confirmation emails grew by 14.2%, from $73 to $83 per booking. Revenue from pre-arrival emails, meanwhile, grew 18.8%. Since upsells are automated campaigns, these numbers add up fast and create an always-on revenue stream. Revinate customers collectively generated over six million dollars in amenity and upsell sales in 2023.

Upsell category breakdown

What upsells are guests the most interested in? In 2023, we saw over 96,000 unique upsell entries from hoteliers. We parsed all of these upsells into distinct categories:

  • Check-in or check-out: Upsells relating to late or early arrivals or departures.
  • Food and beverage: A bottle of champagne? Cheese plate? Buffet breakfast? Candle-lit table for two in the dining room? This category is for all food and beverage upsells.
  • Activities: Offers for guests at the spa, golf club, or sightseeing opportunities.
  • Parking and transportation: Valet parking or airport drop-offs so guests can get to and from your hotel.
  • Room amenities: An extra cot, rose petals on the bed, a fridge, or a pet-friendly room — anything guests need to make their rooms just right.
  • Special campaigns: Custom packages, like romantic getaways, family fun packages, birthday celebrations, or other special offers a hotelier can dream up to delight their guests.

The results? Food and beverage was the most popular category by a large margin, at 42% of all upsells. The other categories ranged from 10-14% utilization, showing there are lots of opportunities for you to get creative with your upsell offers to guests and give them the perfect stay they’re looking for.

Surveys: Benchmarks for response rates and NPS

Surveys: Benchmarks for response rates and NPS

Surveys are a direct line of communication with your guests, providing insights that can shape and elevate the guest journey. These insights not only help you drive operational improvements, but also foster loyalty, satisfaction, and long-term success.

Physical comment cards left in hotel rooms are long gone. With the right analytics and reporting, email surveys provide you with essential quantitative and qualitative data on the guest experience. We’ll examine benchmarks for survey response rates and Net Promoter Scores to understand how hoteliers are engaging their guests and meeting expectations.

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Survey response rate

Use benchmarks for survey response rates to understand whether your metrics are in line with your peers. If your response rates are much lower than these benchmarks, consider updating your surveys following our recommended best practices. The average survey response rate at the global level is 4.9%.

Survey response rate by hotel size

When considering hotel size, smaller hotels with 51-100 rooms have the highest response rates, at 5.5%. Smaller properties may help guests feel like their voices are larger.

Survey response rate by hotel class

Luxury and midscale hotels also see higher response rates, at 5.6% and 5.7% respectively. All of the extra care and attention that hotels typically provide can show guests how invested the hotel is. When guests see that you care about the details of their experience, they are much more likely to make the effort to share their perspective with you.

Tip: Automatically prompt survey respondents to cross-post their responses as a review to increase your hotel’s review volume and improve your rankings. Check out the reputation management benchmarks of this report to learn more.

Average NPS

“On a scale of 0-to-10, how likely is it that you would recommend this brand to a friend or colleague?”

This is the question that your Net Promoter Score (NPS) boils down to. It measures how satisfied your guests are with their experience by calculating the ‌percentage of promoters (those who respond with a 9 or 10) minus the percentage of detractors (those who respond with a score of 0 to 6). A score above zero means your hotel has more promoters than detractors. A score above 20 is complimentary, a score above 50 is considered excellent, and a score above 80 is par excellence. Globally, NPS rose 10% in 2023, from 50 to 55.

Average NPS by hotel size

Smaller hotels with 1-50 rooms saw a dramatic 22.6% increase in their scores, while other hotels improved their scores marginally.

Average NPS by hotel class

Meanwhile, there is more variation at the global level when comparing hotels according to class. Upper Upscale and Upscale hotels grew their NPS by 5.8% and 11.1% respectively. Economy hotels saw a large gain of 27%.

Learn more about managing your NPS score with our blog post, Demystifying the Net Promoter Score for Hotels.

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