Americans Taking ‘Hush Workcations’?

( – Being the most wanted manner of working nowadays, apparently almost a third of Americans confessed to working remotely on vacation without letting their bosses know as part of the new vacation trend “hush workcation.”

In a survey of 2,000 employed Americans, 52% said they would use their vacation time to work remotely, and 29% admitted to doing so without informing their employers.

About 39% stated they love what they do for work, while 28% had important deadlines coinciding with their vacation, and 26% aimed to save their paid time off.

For many, work-related travel offers additional perks, as nearly half (48%) have transformed work trips into vacations at their destinations.

The study, commissioned by Mews, a hospitality cloud system, and conducted by OnePoll, discovered that four in five working Americans are willing to work remotely from their hotel.

While 69% prefer working from their hotel rooms, 25% would opt for the pool or spa, and a similar percentage would choose a hotel bar or restaurant.

Moreover, an overwhelming 79% are planning their trips for the year as soon as possible, estimating an average of 11 trips in 2024.

Among these trips are three vacations, three family trips, three work trips, and two “bleisure” trips — blending business with leisure — for employed respondents.

Hotel staff is ready, believing guests on work or leisure trips are the easiest to accommodate. They anticipate these guests will tip more, extend their stays more often, and utilize hotel amenities more in the coming year.

Almost a third of guests desire keyless room entry and in-room smart home devices, while about a quarter prefer mobile room entry and digital ordering.

The study also predicts increased technology usage in 2024, with a quarter of hotel staff expecting guests to check in more frequently via websites, apps, or digital kiosks compared to previous years.

VP of Sales & Marketing at Gravity Haus Ryan Krukar noted:

“Technology enables our teams to gather robust guest information before they arrive at one of our locations, which empowers our customer service teams to create unique ‘excite and delight’ opportunities for guests, resulting in powerful moments and lifelong memories.”

Additionally, the study found that a majority of hotel staff have seen locals utilizing hotel amenities, especially the pool, restaurants, lobby, gym, and parking.

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