Aug 20, 2021 Blogs Co-working space

Are coworking spaces playing a crucial part in the hospitality industry

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The World is a global village. travelling from one corner of the globe to another easy and mediocre task now. gone are the days when travelling seemed a humongous issue while facing lots of difficulties and struggle. Now considered as a hobby, pastime and a means to flaunt one’s wealth.  The more places one has visited, the more they occupy a prestigious position in the social hierarchy. But one thing that has changed is that travelling isn’t just for taking a vacation. It is slowly reorienting itself towards work-based culture. As cross borders, trade increases day after day, two industries that have been directly set into a whirl of rapid development are the hospitality industry and coworking space

The latter refers to an approach to working that involves a common physical space being occupied and shared by many. It may also include numerous other incentives like beverages, snacks, complimentary access to meeting rooms and conference halls, community benefits and outings. In simpler terms, coworking is the utilisation of space to its full potential. 

On the other hand, the hospitality industry is one that covers a diverse range of services from hotels to restaurants. But the specific niche that coworking affects directly involves hotels that provide accommodation and hospitality services to tourists and travellers. These are generally situated near airports, railway stations or commercial localities because they aim to cater to the needs of the lot that travels for business purposes and other miscellaneous reasons. The former is one about which this blog talks about. 

Lately, it has come to our attention that coworking space in Mumbai is, in the process of metamorphosing from a larva industry to a budding butterfly industry, creating an impact on various other sectors directly or indirectly. The ripple effect is such that it is now also playing a crucial part in the hospitality industry. Hotels, now struck by the worldwide pandemic are struggling for their existence. The only way out that seems obvious is to utilise every last inch of their space and exploit it until its very potential. This policy is adopted by hoteliers and they are now swapping their partly, under or un-utilised coworking space. Since most of the guests occupying hotel rooms are there for work purposes. So the hotels used their breakfast halls, used only for a fraction of the day, as coworking offices. After the allotted time of breakfast was over, the plates and dining chairs were swapped with office chairs and laptops. What’s more interesting is how a sector completely involved in the hospitality sector suddenly jumps to the commercial office spaces sector. Well, here’s the answer-

‘Necessity is the mother of all inventions. The severely affected sector is trying to see for a ray of hope for the continuation of the existence of large hotel chains, once brimming with life and joy, now remain deserted  and abandoned like the set of a horror movie. The hotels are providing this coworking facility not only to their guests but extend it to the general public too. One of the reasons why it is seen as a successful venture is that hotels are already equipped with mostly all amenities required for a working space- Wi-Fi, electricity connectivity, hospitality staff and most importantly physical space. 

Other few reasons as to why hotels can become popular coworking destinations are fewer distractions, rich and passive ambience and the idea that seems magnetic to millennials. Doesn’t it sound cool when somebody asks you where you work,  and you blurt out the name of a super famous, luxurious five-star hotel and then give that celebrity a smirk? For all coworking solutions, and for all those facilities that make you and your employees feel the kick of working, visit iKeva.

 

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