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    Hotels launch special packages, tailored amenities for working professionals

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    “People are fatigued after working within the four walls of their homes. We are getting queries from Hyderabad and Chennai but are only allowing professionals from Bengaluru and that too from Covid-free zones. Internet connectivity is not a problem. We have around 250 acres of property. People can go for cycling, treks or walks after work,” said Anila Paul, director of sales and marketing, Porcupine Castle.

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    Backpacker hostel brand Zostel, after receiving queries from professionals, said it’s in the process of getting its properties ready for such customers.
    New Delhi: Working from home? Why not make your home in a verdant hill resort? “Send your self-declaration form, drive down and don’t forget your headphones. We’ll take care of the rest,” says an ad from Porcupine Castle, a resort in Pollibetta, Coorg, offering 10-day ‘workation’ packages promising uninterrupted wifi, work stations and pre-set meals for housebound professionals.

    “People are fatigued after working within the four walls of their homes. We are getting queries from Hyderabad and Chennai but are only allowing professionals from Bengaluru and that too from Covid-free zones. Internet connectivity is not a problem. We have around 250 acres of property. People can go for cycling, treks or walks after work,” said Anila Paul, director of sales and marketing, Porcupine Castle.

    Standalone properties to budget hotels and big chains are betting on this becoming a trend, hoping professionals tired of working from home because of Covid-19 curbs since March will opt for picturesque locales and stay at some of their properties, which are offering services tailored to their needs.

    Indian Hotels Co. Ltd (IHCL) said guests are signing up to work remotely at properties such as the Taj West End in Bengaluru, Taj Holiday Village in Goa and its Ama bungalows in Coorg, Chikamagalur and Goa. “With the lockdown being slowly lifted across the country and inter-state travel becoming possible, we expect this trend to grow significantly in the near term as remote working meets staycations,” an IHCL spokesperson said.

    ITC Hotels said it is offering day-use packages for corporate executives or businessmen on the move with complimentary board rooms for two hours to conduct meetings at most ITC and Welcomhotel properties.

    Backpacker hostel brand Zostel, after receiving queries from professionals, said it’s in the process of getting its properties ready for such customers. It plans a ‘work from hostel’ campaign.

    “We saw demand for the hills, Rajasthan and Kerala for future dates. People from Mumbai and Pune are looking to transition to destinations like Panchgani gradually. All our hostels will eventually be equipped with dedicated internet infrastructure,” said Aviral Gupta, chief strategy officer. “We are seeing this from a long-stay, one or two months’ perspective. Customers will be able to buy a certain amount of nights and will have the flexibility of working across locations like the Himalayan circuit. Operators like Jio are penetrating distant areas. There is good internet connectivity now.”

    Sylvain Laroche, director of operations for ibis and ibis Styles India at French multinational chain Accor, said hotels are exploring ways to repurpose and optimise spaces such as meeting rooms and lobbies, offering day-use options for business solutions.

    “At ibis, we are offering alternate office space solutions to cater to the needs of working professionals with all the amenities of a traditional office set up,” Laroche said. “Work@ibis is available across all 13 cities where our 19 hotels are present and operational at the moment. This includes a mix of tier one, two and three cities.”
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    1 Comment on this Story

    Navneet Kapoor95 days ago
    Is it worth a risk? Need to think.....
    Come, work from 'resort', new initiative by standalone and renowned hotel chains, gaining popularity.
    Adversity knocks with opportunity, and innovation, which is the name of game in today's times.
    Innovative product by resorts and hotels, offering relaxing work from 'resort' packages to people being tired of being stuck at their homes now for months.
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