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“At Your Bleisure:” Combining Business and Leisure Travel

As we adjust to post-pandemic work and life, the blend of business and leisure travel—dubbed “bleisure“—has grown, extending its allure beyond the realm of digital nomads to a broader spectrum of professionals. Spurred by the flexibility that remote work enables, employees are able to work a bit of vacation into business trips. Allied Market Research’s projection that the bleisure market will burgeon from $315.3 billion in 2022 to $731.4 billion by 2032 attests to its burgeoning popularity. However, this blend poses intricate challenges concerning corporate duty of care, delineating the boundaries of employer responsibility in ensuring employee safety during the leisure phase of business travel.

The bleisure trend, underscored by Melinda Buchmann’s journey from Florida to Banff, Alberta, for a company meeting, exemplifies the evolving dynamics of professional travel. Melinda, serving as a client relations supervisor at RevShoppe, and her husband, Josh, affiliated with DoorDash, seized the opportunity to blend work responsibilities with leisure pursuits, encapsulating the essence of bleisure travel.

Companies are now formulating policies to navigate the delicate balance between facilitating this new travel paradigm and mitigating legal and financial risks. The emphasis on employee well-being and corporate liability sparks a complex discourse on the extent of support owed to employees during their leisure time. Patricia McLaren of RevShoppe and Kathy Bedell of BCD Travel underscore the nuanced considerations necessitated by bleisure travel, from insurance waivers to the demarcation of business and leisure segments.

Employees, like Eliot Lees from ICF, often navigate these waters independently, blending work and leisure without formal approvals. Yet, the absence of a clear policy framework can precipitate unexpected predicaments, especially in scenarios requiring medical assistance or emergency evacuations.

Security considerations further compound the complexity of bleisure travel, with companies like DoorDash and Uber striving to extend support mechanisms to encompass both work-related and personal travel. The narrative of the Buchmanns, planning a trip to Barcelona for the McDonald’s Worldwide Convention, embodies the proactive approach some employees and employers are adopting to navigate the intricacies of bleisure travel.

This evolving travel trend necessitates a delicate equilibrium between corporate oversight and employee autonomy, challenging traditional notions of work travel and prompting a reevaluation of policies to accommodate the growing inclination towards bleisure experiences.

Robust Growth Projected for the Health and Wellness Industry, 2023-2027

According to Technavio, the Health and Wellness Food Market is on a trajectory of robust growth, anticipated to expand by USD 452.93 million from 2023 to 2027, flourishing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.5%. This market spans a broad spectrum of food alternatives tailored for health-conscious consumers, including immune-boosting selections, plant-based meat… Continue Reading

How Anu Saad Propelled a Cancer Testing Startup to the Forefront of Patient Care

This article was originally published on June 19, 2014.Based on the March 2002 article in IndUS Business Journal entitled “Anu Saad – Making her mark”. Anu Saad has led a remarkable transition from academia to spearheading impressive growth of a cancer testing startup she took over as CEO. With no prior business experience, Saad grew… Continue Reading

Record High Gold Prices

Gold prices hit a record high on Monday, reaching the highest level since gold futures began trading in 1974. Traders are hopeful that the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates later this year. The price for April delivery of gold jumped up $30.60, closing at $2,126.30 per ounce. This marks the second day in a… Continue Reading

World Travel Awards Names Miami Beach as 2023’s “World’s Leading Lifestyle Destination.”

The World Travel Awards named Miami Beach the “World’s Leading Lifestyle Destination 2023,” marking another achievement for the city in a year filled with accolades. Over the past year, the renowned destination had secured the titles: “North America’s Leading Beach Destination” and “North America’s Leading City Destination.” Grisette Marcos, Executive Director of the Miami Beach… Continue Reading

Where is Social Media Trending?

The New York Times reports that social media is trending in a new direction. While originally emerging as platforms to keep up with old and new friends through sharing photos and life updates, now these same sites are riddled with ads and sponsored posts. There has been a shift from connecting individuals to connecting individuals… Continue Reading

BIDs to the Rescue

New York City’s BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) and neighborhood organizations are a pivotal lifeline for local shops and stores. The BIDs take on the lion’s share of street cleaning, marketing campaigns, and publicity. The tragic economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic have only heightened the need for BIDs. They are helping businesses stay open, advocating… Continue Reading

Social Media Steps in to Rescue New York City Bookshop

Social Media Steps in to Rescue New York City Bookshop

The Strand, New York’s most legendary bookstore, is breathing a sigh of relief, for now.  In late October, Nancy Bass Wyden, the third-generation owner, turned to social media as a last ditch effort to keep from permanently closing Strand’s doors. A typical day sees about 300 web orders; the influx of online orders following Wyden’s… Continue Reading

Jayme Albin Helps You Plan a Gradual Return to Normal for Kids

Jayme Albin Helps You Plan a Gradual Return to Normal for Kids

New York and many other states have lifted the strict lockdown restrictions. After spending months “trapped” indoors, many families are trying to figure out how to transition out of quarantine and resume a new normal in the shadows of the coronavirus. Author, psychologist, and therapist, Dr. Jayme Albin, offers advice on helping kids face these… Continue Reading

A New York Company Surviving Its 2nd Pandemic

A New York Company Surviving Its 2nd Pandemic

Eastman Machine Company in Buffalo makes fabric-cutting machines. It is a fourth generation family owned business that has weathered its fair share of crises. Over the course of the company’s 132-years history has unfolded: World War I, the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, the Great Depression and World War II. The company’s equipment is used… Continue Reading