Is it possible to combine business and pleasure? According to recent data, the answer is a resounding “Yes.”
“Bleisure” travel combines business trips with leisure travel and is a trend that is taking the travel industry by storm. Due to flexible work styles, Travel Edge Network has noted an increase in interest for workcations and bleisure trips by over 25% compared to recent years. Travel Edge professionals are witnessing longer stays in urban hubs, including long-haul trips to Europe and South America. The duration of these trips has tripled within the last three years as the majority of long-haul travelers now last for ten or more days.
Travel Edge professionals see this trend extending beyond business travelers. Families are finding that mixing business with leisure travel is a popular way to reconnect after years apart. These travelers are requiring varied offerings to meet their new long-stay travel needs, such as more spacious accommodations or amenities. “To meet the demand of both bleisure and family travelers, hotel partners are introducing new room types focused on longer stays,” explains Nadiya Makarenko , senior vice president of Travel Edge Network. “These room types are offered in a variety of price ranges, characterized by apartment elements that allow for long-stay comfort.”
Marriott International CALA
At Marriott Intl’s CALA (Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America) hotels, which includes 300 properties (including hotels, residences, and timeshares) across 21 brands in 376 countries and which will welcome 22 additional properties in 2022, the majority of their corporate travelers combine business with pleasure for a “bleisure stay.” Numerous amenities and personal touches enhance these stays.
* W Panama City: The hotel’s W Insider provides the inside scoop on what is new in town, and helps to personalize each stay. The W Insider would be the go-to person regarding pre-trip planning, and throughout guests’ entire stay. The hotel has established a diverse and dynamic programming calendar that keeps guests connected to What’s New/Next in Panama City and also keeps guests entertained after a long day of meetings.
* W Bogota: The hotel has created special luxury packages with local experiences for corporate guests extending their stay. These include: A private visit to a coffee hacienda, learning about the coffee making process and sampling some of their blends; Insider’s tour of their famous market, Plaza de Paloquemao, with cooking class of a traditional Colombian meal.
* Ritz-Carlton Mexico City: The hotel has seen an increase in guests traveling with their significant others and their concierge staff reaches out to these guests prior to visiting to help plan their agenda. They encourage guests to extend their stay or enjoy free time during their business stay and discover the city through the lens of a local. The concierge staff will create meaningful experiences such as a private visit to a museum or a meeting with a historian at the top suite of the hotel.
Ideal for remote workers looking for a change of scenery and a refreshed routine, the “Work From Hyatt” getaway package available at Park Hyatt St. Kitts offers the perfect setting for an extended stay bleisure trip. The package includes accommodations in spacious guest rooms or suites, access to a private workspace, complimentary high-speed Internet, 25% off cabana rentals, 15% of experiences at the Sugar Mill Spa & Sanctuary, a $50 daily food and beverage credit, 25% off laundry services and waived resort fees. The offer is valid on stays through Dec.11, 2022, with a minimum of seven nights required.
Perfectly positioned on Palm Beach, the resort makes it easy for business guests to work directly from the beach. The property is well known for its iconic beach palapas, and with the rise in bleisure travel, the resort decided to enhance this idea and turn some into Power Palapas that allow guests to work from the sand. Complete with professional amenities, meeting breaks remain productive and bleisure trips are more enticing than ever before. The resort provides bleisure guests with: A power & USB charging station; Laptop cooling pad; Laptop sun shade privacy cover; Power bowl with hydrating aloe juice or coconut water; and bottled water. After a day’s work beachside, guests can relax at the tranquil Eforea Spa with rum-infused and aloe-based treatments, indulge in one of six onsite dining options, try their luck at the newly renovated casino or partake in complimentary water sports and embark on island excursions.