Popularized by the pandemic, many employees now look forward to working in a home-away-from-home. Since remote working is the ‘new normal’ for most people, it can be challenging working at home with children and pets. The workcation has made it possible for people to enjoy a change of scenery by booking themselves into a hotel just to work.
74% of Americans who work remotely claimed they would take a workcation. Working in your own home can blur the lines between work and home life. Employees still need to earn a living but have also never craved a vacation more than they do now. The workcation affords them the luxury of a quiet space to get their work done in peace with added benefits like discounted dinners and unlimited access to hotel amenities during their workcation. Some hotels offer their rooms at a special price to people who want to use them for a workcation offing a win-win solution to boost occupancy rates.
Hospitals around the world are running out of space for Covid patients. Governments are turning to hotels on the verge of shutting down due to low occupancy rates as a way to ease the stress on overburdened hospital wards. Hotels are being repurposed as quarantine centers to give people with Covid-19 symptoms an area to recover without spreading the virus. Some hotel rooms become shelters for those with mild symptoms and others act as an isolation ward to anyone who might have been in contact with Covid-positive patients. Some closed hotels have been opened for frontline workers exposed to Covid patients regularly and need a safe space to rest close to the hospital they work in. All these situations pose an opportunity for hotel owners to book rooms while helping out.
Makeshift Business Centers
Many businesses, big and small, were adversely affected in the past year. They’ve had to find a way to reduce overhead costs by sacrificing their office space for a more economical option. As COVID-19 continues to delay travel, the hospitality sector came up with another way to repurpose their space to generate revenue. Hotels with business centers or conference rooms rent out those areas as workspaces to accommodate businesses. Big names in the hotel industry like Hilton offer desk space, snacks, and complimentary Wi-Fi to keep working professionals refreshed throughout the day.
Outdoor Spaces for Recreational Use
To decrease the risk of spreading the virus, governments worldwide have imposed bans on indoor activities like gyms, restaurants, and clubs. Still, they are allowing the use of outdoor spaces for these recreational activities to continue. Outdoor recreational spaces have been recognized as significant contributors to social well-being. Since physical and mental health matters now more than ever, hotels with large outdoor spaces are rising to the occasion. Consider renting out poolside areas and lawns, allowing third-party businesses to convert these spaces into outdoor eating areas for people looking for safe dining options.