Ibis Hotels coverts its properties into co-working spaces

New Delhi: Hotel operator Ibis is foraying into co-working by converting part of its hotels in flexible workspaces. Called ‘Work@ibis’, the offering will have plug-and-play feature, meeting rooms, conference rooms and even office lounge.

The offering will be available in all the hotels of the company in India, it said in a statement.

"Our Work@ibis initiative is aligned with Accor's mission of bringing augmented hospitality to life for its customers. Our workspaces are conducive to fueling innovation, productivity and meaningful collaboration-and at the same time adhere to the safety and hygiene standards," said Sylvain Laroche, Ibis andIbis Styles India Director of Operations. 

The decision of the hotel chain comes at a time when things are extremely tough for the hospitality industry and there are either not allowed to operate by the government or are seeing very few customers. The hotels have fired a number of employees in the recent months, apart from handing as much as 70 percent pay cut the employees who are still employed. 

Co-working industry too is plagued with a number of issues because of the corona pandemic. The exiting co-working operators are already seeing lot of vacancy in their offices. Many of them have slashed rents to keep afloat.