Recent figures show that 60% of corporate travellers say they’re more likely to add on a few days to a work trip to experience the local area, with just under one in three saying they took at least two additional days.
The booming bleisure market in Europe is now stretching further afield, gaining a foothold in China.
This Irish article reviews Hotel Jen by Shangri-La in Beijing which is luring the business traveller with a leisure model particularly popular with millennials. The hotel features a ground-floor gastropub with its own microbrewery, an office floor with 13 meeting rooms available to rent out for events for a few hours or longer, and co-working space that can accommodate 250 people with HDMI cables and monitors and sockets for European and US plugs as well as Chinese.
Combining the business and leisure focus, there’s a 25m heated pool and on-order massages available, gym offering martial arts classes, modern equipment and boxing ring. The conclusion is that the focus attracts leisure clients, the business focus avoids being boring, and that the offering would be very welcome in Europe.