• Working from Hotels: The New “WFH”

     
    POSTED July 24, 2020
     
  • Working from Hotels: The New “WFH”

     
    POSTED July 24, 2020
     
  • Working from Hotels: The New “WFH”

     
    POSTED July 24, 2020
     
  • Working from Hotels: The New “WFH”

     
    POSTED July 24, 2020
     

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

Work from hotel deals vary. At Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale and sister property Hotel Valley Ho, the “Come & Play All Day” package offers guest room usage and free Wi-Fi during the workday, making the deal conducive to both locals looking to get out of the house and travelers passing through town. After the workday is over, the package grants access to the pool, a free in-room movie and a $40 dining credit.  

Similar to Mountain Shadows, Washington School House in Park City, Utah, offers an in-room workstation setup with a printer, office supplies and notepads. Plus, the package comes with a complimentary “Milk Break” if the need for an afternoon snack arises -- milk and cookies, cold-pressed juices and fruit, coffee and sweets and more are available.

Other hotels are transforming previously used meeting spaces into co-working spaces. Gravity Haus, in Breckenridge, Colorado, has the StarterHaus, which offers a kitchenette, printer, phone booths and more in a dog-friendly, stylish room with concrete flooring, modern leather seating and an exposed industrial ceiling. Mission Point on Mackinac Island, Michigan, recognizes that people are visiting for a mix of remote work and leisure. In response, the “Mission Point Daycation” package offers a workspace free to guests, in addition to a half-day bike rental, a Shepler’s ferry ticket, one round of golf and a $25 food and beverage voucher.

Work from hotel deals help the struggling hospitality and tourism industries to stay afloat during the pandemic, while at the same time giving professionals the opportunity to work outside the home for the first time in months.  

On May 4, Knowland, a provider of meetings and events intelligence data, released its monthly report for April 2022. The data showed a significant increase in meetings activity, with a 323% increase over April 2021, including a 3.7% recovery of events from March to April 2022.

Additional information included:

•     In April 2022, the average number of attendees per event was 118, compared to 63 in April 2021 and 74 in April 2019.

 

Meetings & Events Pulse Survey also reveals that a majority of companies are currently hiring.

 

The SaaS platform, Wix.com, has released a new builder for business owners, planners and venue operators to create customized seating maps. Users can also assign ticket pricing based on the location of individual seats, and any variation of seating can be mapped, including tables, rows of seats, areas with general seating (e.g., a standing-room-only area), reserved VIP sections, or a combination of options.