Meliá Makes a Workation Offer in Cuba
By Jorge Coromina Sánchez
It all started in Barbados and it has spread out to other destinations in the Caribbean, like Aruba. The workation concept is expanding quickly as many tourism-dependent nations struggle to get by amid the Covid-19 pandemic and its dire fallout.
In an exclusive interview with Caribbean News Digital, Francisco Camps, deputy director general of Meliá Cuba, said the “Work from Cuba” program consists basically of creating the conveniences for those who have the capacity to continue working from Cuba in a safe environment, "in a country that has controlled, better than many others, the Covid-19 pandemic, and with the necessary facilities and resources for good connectivity," he said.
"To start with this project, we have chosen a group of hotels, such as the Meliá Habana, the Melía Internacional Varadero, the Meliá Marina Varadero and the Meliá Varadero, because they are hotels that have connectivity conditions that allow people to work without problems from any part of the establishment," Mr. Camps continued.
Small co-working spaces have also been set up in these hotels so that guests have printing services, videoconferencing, telephone lines with mobile data and other conveniences. To this end, they have had the support of the Cuban Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Camps went on to say.
“Come to Cuba and be part of our new program. We want to be your new office in a place that is completely safe for you and your family. But we also want you to explore the spirit of an island that is a haven for history, culture and traditions in an idyllic natural setting in the Caribbean”, reads a message posted on the Meliá Cuba website.
The information also notices that Meliá is committed to making sure the new workspace is a safe and appealing retreat with all mod cons.
“We also want to provide you with a flexible space so you can enjoy the freedom afforded by this new focus on remote working and find inspiration where you feel most comfortable,” it reads on.