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The work and leisure combination is in fashion: bleisure travel has come to stay

Find out how to adapt to the latest trends in bleisure and meet the expectations of the new business travellers.

Investment by Spanish companies in corporate travel will increase by 7% this year compared to 2017, according to the European Business Travel Barometer 2018, elaborated by American Express Global Business Travel. Business travel is undergoing a profound transformation towards more personalised trips that meet the needs of the traveller who wants improved wellbeing, flexibility, balance, and who is also looking to enjoy some leisure time when working away from home.

The profile of the business traveller has changed and the millennials, who are leading the change in the MICE travel sector, are looking for a more personalised service and an enriching experience as well as a comfortable hotel room. These executives are the first to take the opportunity to enjoy some leisure time after several days of hard work and are looking for somewhere that allows them to combine work with fun activities, enjoy the surroundings and get to know the destination.

How can we adapt to meet the new expectations of the business traveller? Going much further than just providing free WiFi and technological features, hotels such as the Barceló Montecastillo provide guests with the possibility of experiencing something different to make the most of any free time.

Barceló Montecastillo enriches the business traveller’s experience with initiatives that allow them to relax and help to improve productivity and results

One of the most highly rated aspect taken into account when choosing accommodation is the availability of a gym and classes. With this in mind, Barceló Montecastillo provides individual and group activities which, as well as being a way to unwind, work on aspects that have a positive influence on productivity and results, such as improving concentration or self-confidence.

One example is the Touché Business Programme, applying fencing to business, with strategy, tactics and mental preparation. On the other hand, those who have less time available or prefer individual training, can stay in a Suite-fit, a room that turns into a VIP gym where they can organise training sessions with a personal trainer at a time to suit them.

With bleisure travel, another aspect to take into account is the need millennials have to socialise and get to know their colleagues better outside of the purely business scenario.  In order to encourage this, Barceló Montecastillo offers its Local Experiences, focusing on culture and local cuisine and including premium experiences related to local history and cultural activities; a tour around the food stalls, the famous white villages, a day at the Cortesano Ranch, the honey route … all perfect team building activities for MICE GROUPS looking to have some fun.

 

About Barceló Montecastillo

A great exponent of the Healthy & Wellness Hotel, the Barceló Montecastillo gives guests the opportunity to enjoy the natural surroundings whilst staying at a fully refurbished hotel in the heart of Andalusia, and to make the most of all the facilities and services available for sports lovers. There is a spectacular 18-hole golf course designed by possibly the best golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus; 3 professionally designed football pitches, which often host football teams ranging from the Spanish national team and teams from the Spanish League such as F.C. Barcelona or Real Madrid, or European clubs like Manchester United, amongst others.

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