Tags – Business Living when Travelling

 

In a previous blog, we discussed how networking has changed because of technology, with the inclusion of platforms such as Eventbrite, Watsapp and Google Meet. You can read the blog here: ‘The Changing Face of Travel for Growing Your Business Community’.

All in all, there has been a reduction of meetings for the sake of meetings. Of course, such a reduction is great in terms of effectiveness. However, the reduced travel is now accompanied by a higher appetite for comfortable living arrangements.

Let’s have a look at how business living when travelling has changed.

 

The Hospitality Industry

Business class has traditionally demanded personal interaction at their fingers with a service that potentially went beyond luxury.

In fact, some business executives consider it to be nice to have doors opened for them, or greeted by a hotel manager in the grand hall reception. As a result, it was common to stay in a 4* hotel and have staff handle luggage and take it up to the room.

Same was the case with how other related amenities were seen. Overpriced food and drinks and a culture of remaining behind closed doors that defined luxury for only a select few.

However, these services have become uncommon because of the seeking of a varied experience now.

As a result, you would have noticed that hotels are discouraging washing of bedding and towel on a daily basis. Afterall, do you have it washed at home every day?

This change of service may be because there has been a big push for sustainability and how resources are used. However, a bigger change has occurred: a change of culture.

 

Change of Culture

Think from a modern day business perspective: is it necessary for an employee to be standing at the door to open? 

For an economic and environmental mentality that is trying to be more effective, is there value for executives in entertaining meniality?

Of course not. And, this change in culture has translated into what is expected by the customer base too. And, this understanding of customer behaviour is crucial from the perspective of practicality and updating services that stay in touch with the needs of the users.

As a result, customers, and even leaders, are looking for greater flexibility, speed and self-sufficiency.

We can see an example of this change in culture on digital platforms for booking short term accommodations.

Accommodation

The two biggest names in the accommodation booking ecosystem are Booking.com and Airbnb.

However, Airbnb has caught ground on Booking.com through a smart professional accommodation options in the form of Airbnb Plus. As a result, there has been a rise of use by professionals using Airbnb in comparison. People seem to enjoy having private communal spaces and larger bedroom quarters that match their personality.

Not only is Airbnb a fantastic tool because it allows businesses to provide its employees with larger spaces that are personable, but also allows companies to save on expenses because Airbnb usually comes with a kitchen. Of course you’ve got to make your own breakfast for dinner, but it’s far healthier for the team.

 

Case Study

A close friend of ours manages luxury Airbnb properties.

One of his properties in Leicester Enderby was rented out for £155 a night for 2 bedrooms in a converted barn for 8 straight weeks by the same guests.

As you can imagine, the executive guests had the option of staying at the nearby Marriott with all expenses paid, however the Airbnb option won the battle of choice because they had greater flexibility.

There is also a case to be made that people are now more open to doing some home tasks, as research connects it with finding mental health balance. But, we will discuss that in another blog.

 

To learn more, get in touch with us today.

 

And, to learn about other areas of travelling for business, check:

  1.  4 Transferable Psychological Benefits of Business Travel
  2. Fun Games for Business Travel – A Company Culture Perspective