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Before the pandemic, it would have been unthinkable to imagine millions of employees across the country having the flexibility of their employer to work from anywhere. In the post-pandemic world, a permanent change has taken place in American businesses that has allowed more employees to work remotely, either full-time or part-time. These adventurous people are called “digital nomads”, and they are here to stay.
According to a survey, more than 35 million Americans will be working remotely by 2025. That’s about 17% of today’s workforce. If the pandemic has had a silver lining for workers, it’s the shift in power dynamics from employers to employees, who now have more bargaining power to demand the flexibility of remote working.
We’ve known for decades that employees can work from home or their local cafe and be just as productive, maybe even more. But that local cafe/remote office has now gone global as more and more Americans choose the digital nomad lifestyle. And these people aren’t just the young backpackers and freelancers of old who typically stayed in hostels. According to Phocuswright, 80% of today’s remote workers are mid-career types with higher degrees, full-time jobs, and higher disposable income.
Some countries are already welcoming digital nomads with visas to attract more remote workers from abroad. For example, Brazil has granted temporary visas and residence permits to foreign workers for a one-year stay, with an option to extend for a second year, provided they can show proof of work. Other countries that have introduced similar digital nomad visas include Croatia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Portugal, Mauritius, and Estonia. Luckily, you don’t need a long-term visa if you’re only visiting a foreign city for a few weeks.
Importantly, the phenomenon of digital nomads has led to a significant increase in extended hotel stays across the globe. At AirBnB, for example, long-term stays of 28 nights or more are now the fastest growing customer segment, accounting for about 22% of trips booked in the last quarter. It’s also why HotelPlanner recently signed an agreement with Extended Stay America.
And hotels are also evolving to accommodate digital nomads, like pool cabanas with workstations, printers, and office supplies added to standard hotel rooms, or fitness equipment and bathroom space. crib. Fast and reliable WiFi is obviously a must.
There is no doubt that digital nomads are changing the way we live, work and travel. They also play an important role in the post-pandemic recovery of the travel and tourism industry. In fact, the rise of digital nomads may turn out to be the biggest shift in the travel and hospitality industry since the advent of the commercial airplane.
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