September 29 2022, Kimpton Fitzroy London
Friday 30 September 2022, JW Marriott Grosvenor
21 November 2022, Hilton London Metropole
FIGHTING FIT: HOW TRAVEL BUYERS CAN INFLUENCE TRAVELLER DIET AND EXERCISE
Re-think your preferred hotel programme Make provision of fitness centres and swimming pools a key criterion in your choice of preferred properties. Negotiate complimentary use of the facilities if not free to guests. If that is not possible, make the fees reimbursable to your travellers.
Negotiate deals with gymsNegotiate preferential rates with national gym chains or individual gyms near frequently used hotels lacking their own fitness facilities.
Check benefits offered by your company’s health insurerInsurers often offer a package of fitness benefits, such as 24-hour telephone access to medical counselling, but employees may well be unaware of them. Make sure you promote them internally.
Promote hotel-room workouts Numerous websites and YouTube videos, not to mention DVDs, feature exercise routines which travellers can follow in their bedrooms. Run any recommendations past your company’s wellness expert first to review for safety.
Encourage a good night’s sleepAdequate sleep is crucial for good health, but that can prove a challenge in unfamiliar rooms. Remind travellers to take a sleep mask, or issue them with one. You can also suggest they try white noise apps, which help some people nod off.
Provide access to health-promoting apps or Web linksExamples include the Eat This, Not That! app.
Research running optionsRemind travellers to check with their hotel concierge for route recommendations. Alternatively, the Map My Walk app uses mobile phone-based GPS to allow users to search Google maps or use its own walking-route planner. Promote self-help through social media Ask runners among your travellers to post their favourite routes on Map My Walk and link to them on your internal social network. Encourage discussions about the best places to find healthy meals in frequently-visited cities. Source: BCD Travel