A burgeoning community of legal experts is keen to harness new trends in remote working and ultimately pave the way for companies that want to offer more flexibility and freedom to their employees.
Startup Relocate is only five months old, but its co-founder has big plans.
David Cantor wants to create a network of immigration lawyers in digital nomad-friendly countries, but is already identifying more global trends that closely match the future of work. However, he warned that governments are working at “freezing speed”.
Global migration, whether for economic, social or political reasons, is a priority for the lawyer. “The future of work encompasses so much. Remote work, co-sharing, virtual offices. We are interested in how the future of work influences immigration routes and how to navigate them, ”he said.
One of his visions includes the fate of the forgotten villages of Europe. There have been many attempts to generate interest with various campaigns, and they may even involve selling quaint townhouses for just a few dollars.
Cantor, based in Italy, has another idea.
“I have visited countless beautiful cobbled villages in Europe. Due to the depletion of the economic workforce, our generation has unfortunately gone in search of work, ”he said. “I imagine that in five or ten years you will have nimble businesses, maybe 100 employees, or 1,000 employees, taking over these villages. They will pay maybe an eighth of what they would pay if they accommodated their employees in town or in a hotel. You can imagine a group of engineers coding in the piazza.
Besides revitalizing abandoned villages, Relocate’s own plan is to create a network of advisers in 11 countries in communities where digital nomads are starting to travel.
“Governments are just starting to recognize the ability to work remotely. Most are moving at freezing speed, and rightly so, but at the opposite end of the spectrum, some are offering visa lanes for digital nomads to live and contribute to the economy, in a very turnkey way.
Relocate is now using experts to register. Immigration layers or law firms and advisers pay a membership fee, and organizations then gain access to that network, for example if they have human resource or operational issues to resolve when their staff move or work remotely.
In addition to helping businesses, Relocate wishes to respond to humanitarian issues. Work is already underway by some platforms to highlight the value refugees can bring to a business, for example.
“We are at this intersection of the movement of people. Part of our identity is this human story. Most of the world’s migrants are nomads who move somewhere out of need, not out of want, ”Cantor said. He therefore also calls on practitioners who can provide refugee and asylum work to join.
“I have conversations with directors of the nonprofit International Justice Mission in Washington, DC, which focuses on modern day slavery. How to provide a platform that makes sense is still something we’re looking for, organically.
As Relocate embarks on its journey to create an independent market for global migration, its network is already speaking for itself. “We have a French lawyer based in Mexico City. An Australian lawyer lives in Amman, Jordan. Even lawyers are digital, ”Cantor said.
Its goal is for law firms and immigration attorneys to connect and transfer knowledge, helping to make the world a little smaller.
Speaking at the Skift Global Forum in September, FutureMap’s Parag Khanna discussed the “great migration” and the role played by the travel industry. The launch of Relocate is timely. “There’s this pulse, this energy and the quality of work-life balance that is there for the brave,” Cantor added.
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Head to the Canary Islands for an update on TUI’s workcation program, courtesy of Roel Martens, the tour operator’s project manager. Its final thought is that these new types of packages, which favor stays of 21 or 28 days in 50 of its all-inclusive hotels and resorts, will take time to develop.
“We shouldn’t be in too much of a hurry. We have the pandemic still ongoing, it is difficult to travel for many people, but it is also a movement that must start, and especially for large companies, ”he said at the Repeople conference, which took place simultaneously in Gran Canaria, Tenerife. and La Palma on Tuesday.
He argued that the self-employed were able to make their own decisions, but businesses were still in virgin territory. To help convince them, he said TUI needs to dig deeper into identifying who the workstations will appeal to.
“We are moving from a niche market to a mainstream market, and the customer will change, there will be segmentation,” agreed Christian Buss, founder of Adatto Consulting, another panelist at the “How does the industry tourism benefit remote workers? “.
“For the last 18 months we’ve been talking about digital nomads, and it looks like we’re talking about a type of customer. But what we are starting to see is that there is segmentation, ”he added. “There are opportunities for companies for hotel chains to address various segments of workstations, if we give it that name. There will be more of a business segment, a family segment, and traveling couples and individuals. We are talking about different lengths of stay.
TUI has a strong presence in Europe, but it is a region that will not be able to compete with Asia on price. He will therefore have to compete on service, the conference said. Thailand is a destination that has awakened to a new tourist landscape. “Demand patterns have changed. Individual travelers on longer stays and ‘work’ need more customization, ”said Gun Srisompong, CFO of Centara Hotels.
The evolution is underway, but the travel industry will need to rethink remote workers the same way it thinks about the types of travelers who are likely to book a luxury retreat or budget hotel.
“You can have a specialized workstation for families, where there may be a nursery for the children, or themed, and B2B. And that’s where we’re going, ”Martens added.
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Serko to raise $ 58 million to improve Booking.com Partnerthsip
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