HRS Arranges Hotel Rooms as Daytime Offices via MeWork Initiative
HRS, the leading hotel solutions provider in business travel, is expanding its "MeWork" initiative beyond Germany this week, providing corporations and their employees worldwide with access to hotels making rooms available for daytime “virtual” office use. Leveraging its technology and hotel relationships, HRS is reacting to the needs of companies navigating the COVID-19 pandemic by arranging hotel rooms as a quiet place to work during the day. The “MeWork” program, which sources hotels offering daytime room rates at no charge, is open to all corporations seeking to provide this option for employees.
The “MeWork” initiative dovetails with hoteliers that are increasingly open to daytime room bookings. Hotel occupancy rates are dramatically down as a result of COVID-19; property managers accordingly are getting creative to facilitate any type of guest, especially as hotels begin to re-open. Daytime hotel options, with an array of time windows, have typically been offered at select downtown and airport locations by many leading chain hotels. With abnormally high vacancy rates and enhanced hygiene protocols, hoteliers from Los Angeles to New York to Europe and Asia are increasingly making more daytime rates available.
HRS, in its ongoing consultation with clients, launched the “MeWork” initiative in its home country of Germany last month. After a positive reception from both corporations and hotels, HRS is expanding the program worldwide. Corporations do not need to be HRS clients to participate.
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HRS gets this in motion by identifying suitable hotels in the right locations for companies. When analyzing the hotel, HRS pays particular attention to ensuring that the property has enhanced safety and hygiene protocols and complies with social distance regulations. Everyday business needs like high-speed WiFi, printing and even on-site food/drink availability are factored in as well.
Participating hoteliers engage by quoting the usual overnight rate as the daily rate. The daily rate is valid from morning to evening - instead of the usual from check-in in the afternoon to check-out the next morning. Looking long term, hoteliers stand to gain from potential travelers experiencing the hotel room and on-site service, potentially leading to incremental volume gains in this challenging revenue environment.
Companies interested in providing employees with this option should write to MeWork@hrs.com. Inquiries are quickly communicated to the appropriate HRS regional sourcing teams around the globe. Corporations do not need to be HRS clients to participate. Companies should include:
- # of rooms they seek in each location
- Any special workplace requirements beyond a desk and WiFi
HRS’ global sourcing team will then facilitate an offer of hotels with daily rate options and features tailored to the company's needs. The pre-selected MeWork hotels are then made available to employees to reserve via an individualized online booking link.