October the 20th, 2020 – Fancy ditching your ”home office” with washing machines going, kids running around and pans boiling over as you try to work for a rather more relaxed approach? A Hilton office might help tune the work-break balance that has lacked so much throughout 2020.
As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes on the 19th of October, 2020, with the new wave of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that hit most countries in the first days of autumn, the filling up of hotel rooms is again in question, as well as the return of millions of workers to their offices – for those who had a summer break, the “home office” returns, with all the disadvantages it brings with it.
The combination of dire pandemic-dominated circumstances has inspired the hotel industry globally to a stronger and better supply of jobs in the safety and quiet of their hotel rooms, along with all the other benefits a hotel has to offer.
The model is being developed either independently or in collaboration with coworking companies, and is being developed by many global hotel companies, including Hilton, MGM Resorts, Mandarin Oriental, and CitizenM. This is followed by the growing trend of extended stays in hotels, which came to life before the pandemic took the world by storm and is now continuing to flourish.
Despite the fact that the Croatian market, and the more specific market of Zagreb can’t possibly be compared in size with the markets of San Francisco or London, the ”long stay” trends are slowly coming to the domestic market, and for those who’d like to trade their kitchen table and a view of mildly rotten fruit in the fruit bowl for a Hilton office, that possibility is now available.
Zagreb’s Hilton hotels introduced their “work place” offer back in the spring, from the end of the lockdown onwards, confirmed Josipa Jutt Ferlan, the director of Zagreb City Hotels and cluster general manager for Hilton in Zagreb.
“We give guests a special, more comfortable work chair so that they can work more easily at a table, a higher level of internet, a discount on their laundry. Our guests also have a discount on a la carte restaurant services, a limousine with a driver for meetings, and a discount on spa services. We motivate them and reward them with points in our loyalty programme. The offer is being carried out at the global Hilton level,” revealed Jutt Ferlan.
The price of Hilton’s packages isn’t unique, and it all depends on which services guests want to include.
“The so-called ”long stay” has become very popular, there are mostly businessmen, IT people, consultants. We had one whole family from the US who lived at the Canopy for as long as four months. We have business people from London who normally have a home office, as well as Germans. They say that the climate is better in Croatia and that the number of infected people isn’t the same as in their countries. And of course, because of the chain and the brand, they trust us to stick to all the measures,” said Jutt Ferlan.
Along with the Hilton office possibility, the respected Croatian company Valamar Riviera also decided on introducing the “long stay” option this autumn. As of this year, two camping resorts in Valamar will remain open to guests all year round. These are the Istra Premium Camping Resort in Porec and the Jezevac Premium Camping Resort on the island of Krk. Valamar has also introduced a rental service for a longer stay of at least one month in these two camps, which is valid for the period from September the 30th, 2020 to March 31st, 2021.