Work in the winter in the sun - Trends-Tendances on PC

Work in the winter in the sun – Trends-Tendances on PC

According to the tour operator TUI, this would be a way to save on the heating bill.

Teleworking from a sunny country was already a bit of a trend during the summers of the pandemic. The tour operator TUI argues that the energy crisis extends this approach to the cold season. “We have noted 50% more reservations for the winter than last year”, notes Sarah Saucin, spokesperson for TUI Belgium. Winter bookings a few percent higher than those recorded in 2019, so before the covid.

Teleworking from a sunny country was already a bit of a trend during the summers of the pandemic. The tour operator TUI argues that the energy crisis extends this approach to the cold season. “We have noted 50% more reservations for the winter than last year”, notes Sarah Saucin, spokesperson for TUI Belgium. Winter bookings a few percent higher than those recorded in 2019, so before the covid. Long winter stays in the sun are not new, but until now they were mainly practiced by retirees fleeing the frost. “The trend had weakened since 2000, retirees tending to make several trips rather than a long stay”, continues Sarah Saucin. Reducing the heating bill, which promises to be enormous, could however act as a new motivation. This is good for the tour operator and accommodation sector, which often slows down in winter, at least outside the ski areas. Especially since in addition to retirees are those who can work remotely. TUI, the leading tour operator in Belgium, talks about stays from 900 euros all inclusive per person in Turkey, for four weeks, with wifi in the room. Attractive prices, the business approach of attracting customers with a discount for long stays. “We are negotiating with hoteliers to extend the offer in low season,” continues the spokesperson. Supply is mainly in Turkey, Tunisia and Spain. But does not concern Greece, too windy in winter. On Airbnb, some owners also offer accommodation at reduced rates for periods of three weeks and more all over Europe (and beyond). However, you have to make sure, before leaving, that the conditions are sufficient to work comfortably: high-performance wifi and a decent telephone rate. As a reminder, roaming is chargeable in countries outside the European Union. The overhead can be substantial. It is therefore necessary to concentrate the communication on the internet (WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom, etc.) and if this is not possible, to take an option which will limit the telephone surcharge.

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