Last year I wrote that Hyatt had selected KenetMD to replace Portico’s White Ginger as its standard bath amenities.
I then followed up that breaking the news was premature, it was the likely choice but Hyatt was still doing testing before final sign off. And these things, apparently, move slowly.
Because it took 16 months. Now the Wall Street Journal‘s Scott McCartney writes that the changeover will take place on Saturday (although no doubt some hotels will continue to burn through existing stock after that).
On Saturday, the company will change to new brands of bathroom products tested on women for its properties world-wide. Hyatt Regency Hotels in North America, for instance, will carry KenetMD Skin Care products instead of the Portico products they use now.
This revelation was part of a larger piece on the travel habits and preferences of men and women, drawing some of its quotes from passengers on the recent Star MegaDO frequent flyer trip. The comments by readers to the article are pretty interesting, I guess it’s like Larry Summers making comments about innate differences between the genders, only not being written by the President of Harvard.
Me, I’m just happy to see Hyatt finally implement a change. I love how well the Portico soap lathers, but not its strong smell. At last year’s Star MegaDO, Hyatt’s Jeff Zidell revealed that the White Ginger products are the best selling item that people buy from Hyatt’s store — which suggests that some people like it though I suspect it’s also because other items are more expensive.
(Thanks to Hack My Trip for the pointer to the Wall Street Journal piece.)