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Telework tourism

Teleworking will be one of the trends in the new post-COVID reality, which will be incorporated –using different formats and approaches– by many companies and professionals. This way of working will create significant opportunities for a new type of travel: telework tourism. It will have a major impact on local economies in destinations that know how to adapt and take advantage of it, explains Carlos Mira, chairman of consulting firm Arthur D. Little Spain.

08 Jul 2020

When there’s no need to go to the office five days a week or attend face-to-face meetings with clients, workers can consider teleworking from any place with the appropriate infrastructure (such as reliable broadband connectivity, and adequate office space). What, for many, has only been viable for a few privileged professionals will now become a real possibility: making work compatible with a stay at an attractive destination for workers and their families.

The chairman of Arthur D. Little explains that telework stays will be longer than has been usual with conventional tourism, “which for a small inland town or city could go from one or two nights at the weekend to four or more, and could even extend over several weeks if the destination meets the right provision and suitable conditions.”

Many destinations, especially inland ones, will need to modernise their provision to make it attractive for more extended stays than usual: “more varied and balanced menus in catering, cultural and outdoor experiences, sports activities, as well as accommodation suitable for longer stays, such as apartment-hotels. Destinations should be prepared for telework tourism, offering “professional quality communications, accommodation with adequate work spaces and co-working centres with a provision comparable to those available in large towns.”

Meetings and Leisure

Carlos Mira warns that the telework tourism offerings should not only be aimed at teleworkers, but also at companies. Companies will need to compensate for the loss of face-to-face contact and the difficulties of creating relationships of trust, teamwork and belonging that arise with people being away from the office. “The format of three to five day stays in attractive destinations where regular work can be organised around meetings, seminars, telephone calls, and leisure activities that encourage the building of personal relationships and links is very suitable for this purpose.”

In the opinion of this expert, Spain has an excellent opportunity to become a pioneer in this new concept of teleworking tourism. “It can encourage the de-seasonalisation we need and develop the local economies of our towns and regions, both on the coast and inland. As he points out, “being one of Europe’s leading countries in fibre optic deployment, with our transport infrastructure, the strength of Spain’s tourism and construction sectors, and its natural, artistic and cultural attractions give us a unique opportunity that we must not miss.”