Singapore Hotels Offer Co-Working Space

Singapore Hotels Offer Co-Working Space During Pandemic

SINGAPORE – Hoteliers in the city-state have started offering work-from-hotel packages as COVID-19 regulations have significantly affected how people work, and not all staff are allowed to return to the office, reported The Business Times on Saturday (3 October).

Hotel operators have witnessed healthy demand for their flexible work arrangement, but such offerings are likely to be temporary until more tourists and guests are allowed to enter Singapore.

For instance, InterContinental Singapore revealed that it has received 200 bookings since it unveiled its work package in mid-August, and the number of weekly reservations currently have increased by two-fold compared to when it was first launched.

InterContinental’s Director of Sales and Marketing Gerrit Chng-Luchau said clients who have signed up include company vice presidents, executives, and businessmen.

“With the travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19, we wanted to offer local guests an alternative experience within our guest rooms. We quickly noticed that there was a demand for private and reliable work spaces as a lot of offices still remain closed or have many restrictions placed on them,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Marriott Singapore Tang Plaza recorded over 300 bookings for its work-from-hotel package since it was introduced in August. The youngest of its customers was 20 years old and the oldest was 50.

As for Ascott’s lyf Funan Singapore, it saw more than 130 reservations for its work package. Its general manager Norman Cross said their clientele consists of freelance workers, technicians, professionals, law practitioners, managers, and executives, as well as firms seeking alternative office space for their divided teams.

At The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, there had been over 150 bookings in August, and most comprised company employees.

Commenting on the trend, Withers KhattarWong Singapore’s property and finance partner Kenneth Szeto said “the hospitality sector has the greatest potential to meet the demand for a ‘third space’ between work and home. Hospitality venues have the flexibility to adapt, especially as hotel groups were already evolving traditional business models to meet working needs before the pandemic.”

The traditional office space is now just one option from various types of workplaces, said Withersworldwide in a report. “Spaces that have historically been designed with a single purpose (as office space), might find themselves no longer fit for purpose, as workers want to be able to live, work, shop, socialize and work out in a singular multi-purpose environment.”

However, Cushman & Wakefield’s head of business development services for Singapore and the ASEAN region Christine Li believes that hotels would be less popular than co-working spaces as the former’s promotional price might not be sustainable in the long-term due to high operational costs.

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