Integration with Booking.com
Since integrating with Booking.com, our clients have access to almost the entire accommodation base of this website – the exception being facilities that require on-the-spot payment. Our clients now have access to over 2.2 million accommodation options worldwide.
Having expanded our accommodation database, WorkTrips.com has made the organization of business trips to smaller locations and during trade shows – when availability can be scarce – significantly easier. Our solution also provides the possibility of combining a business trip with a holiday, the so-called workation or bleisure, which can also increase employee satisfaction – says CEO Filip Błoch.
- WorkTrips.com customers have access to almost all Booking.com accommodation. There are no facilities in the offer that require payment on site. For the employee’s convenience, each trip must be prepaid;
- Customers have access to over 2.2 million accommodation facilities around the world.
Employees are sent on business trips not only to the largest and most popular cities with many accommodation options. Business trips, meetings and conferences are also held in smaller towns, which don’t necessarily have so many accommodation options. Often in such places accommodation must be booked in smaller hotels or even in private rooms.
In such circumstances, business travellers had to choose facilities that were sometimes several dozens of kilometres away from the place of their meeting. The alternative was to contact our agents to find accommodation outside of our database. This extended the booking time and caused unnecessary complications. Integrating Booking.com with our tool has expanded the WorkTrips.com database with less popular cities and accommodation types. Now our tool has over 2.2 million hotels, apartments, aparthotels, rooms and other types of short-term accommodation. We have received feedback from our users that this has made the process a lot easier and is a big time saver – says CTO Maciej Stopierzyński
Workation and bleisure
The integration of Booking.com with WorkTrips.com also makes it easier to combine work and leisure. An employee has the option of extending his/her business trip, for example to include the weekend, and can then pay the difference with a private card.
– During the pandemic, hybrid or remote work gained popularity. More and more people are keen to maintain this option, as well as the possibility of working from anywhere in the world. Our solution also provides the option of combining a business trip with rest, the so-called workation or bleisure, which can also improve the well-being of employees. This is extremely important in a situation where the recruitment of specialists is becoming more and more difficult and it is crucial to keep them in the company – explains Filip Błoch.
Bleisure is the term used for a combination of a business trip with rest (a combination of the words “business” and “leisure”), in which the employee extends a trip by an additional day or more, for vacation. This is an increasingly popular trend that can be beneficial for both the employer and the employee.
The main benefits of bleisure:
- The satisfaction and relaxation of the employee during the trip definitely improves their work efficiency – likewise after they return home;
- It saves time and money for the employee – by staying on at the place where the business trip took place, he/she saves travel time (they are already there) and money (he/she only pays for extra nights out of their own pocket).
On the other hand, a workation (combination of the words “work” and “vacation”) opens up the option to work from anywhere in the world. An example may be increasing the stay of an employee in the place where a business trip took place, or specifically changing location in order to experience a different environment. An employee can continue to perform their work duties, whilst also enjoying the surrounding nature or the charms or attractions of a new city in their spare time. This provides a kind of vacation without using up valuable vacation days.
The approach is mutually beneficial: the employer has a more effective and satisfied employee, and the employee himself can enjoy visiting a new place. Such a trip can also include family, which means that work and family life can be easily combined.