Bleisure? Workation? These new blend words are trending, and it’s no wonder, considering the rise of the Digital Nomad in today’s globalized workforce.
“Bleisure”, business and leisure combined, is on the upswing; a BridgeStreet Global Hospitality report states that 60% of travellers report having taken bleisure trips, out of which 30% extended their business trip by two days or more.1
And the twin concept of “workation” – work and vacation kicks in when these bleisure travellers head off on their trips.
All this, I learnt thanks to a workation organized by the Park Regis Singapore. Recognising the trend, Park Regis has created a #sginsiders Workation Package, tailored to meet the needs of business travellers when it comes to working and playing on-the-go.
Aside from the usual business perks such as access to a wide range of workspaces and business tools, what I found especially useful is that every guest is provided with a mobile phone with free unlimited 3G mobile internet as well as free unlimited international and local calls.
The phone is pre-loaded with a city guide, so one can get a quick view of places to eat and drink at during their stay.
Part of the workation package includes access to in-hotel networking sessions, providing business travellers with the opportunity to mingle with like-minded individuals and uncover business opportunities within the local scene.
Park Regis has also recognised the fact that with more females in top management, there is an increase in business travel among females. In fact, Singapore emerges at the top by having an above average proportion of senior business roles held by women at 30% this year, a growth from 26% last year2. This makes Singapore one of the leading regional markets for female business travellers, compared to countries such as India, Indonesia, Japan and Korea.
As such, part of the workation weekend included access to a networking session featuring prominent female entrepreneurs including Rachel Lim from Love, Bonito and Krystal Choo from Wander.
Themed Business On-the-Go: Balancing work and play, the discussion centred around how to prepare for a smooth bleisure trip.
Workation tips included:
- Making sure your destination is work-friendly.
Choose a hotel near the place where you will be having most of your meetings. One of the entrepreneurs mentioned that choosing a good hotel in a good neighbourhood is not negotiable, that is one of the items she would pay top dollar for.
- Setting goals beforehand
This applies to both the work and vacation parts. While you are primarily there for business, rewarding yourself with little things like checking out a popular, local spot for dinner or simply walking around a nice neighbourhood will help you make the most of your time.
- Network, network and network!
Networking is the best way to become more open-minded as you will meet individuals from all walks of life, all nationalities and backgrounds. The best opportunities are also found through networking.
Mingling with the locals will also help you to better understand the culture of the country and better appreciate the unique experiences gained there.
Finding a hotel that incorporates this as part of your stay, for example, the #sginsiders package at the Park Regis would be a good way to increase your networking opportunities.
For more information on Park Regis’ #sginsiders package, visit http://www.parkregissingapore.com/specials/