Jun 16, 2021

Marriott Hotel Seoul offers ‘Bali in the City’ staycation

Helen Adams
3 min
Marriott Hotel gears up for staycation season and a new round of drinks for the 'Roaring 2020s'

JW Marriott Hotel Seoul has come up with an innovative solution for Koreans who are unable to travel abroad due to the pandemic. The 'Bali in the City' package is designed for guests who miss the Indonesian tropics and want to experience the best of Bali from a hotel room. 


Bali staycation in Korea

In Korea, there have been a recorded 1,992 deaths at the time of writing, but Covid restrictions remain in place to protect the country.

Meanwhile, Indonesia has recorded 53,280 deaths across its 17,000 islands. Bali has been deeply affected by the lack of tourism, both international and domestic. 

"Bali in the City" is a summer package for restless Koreans who would normally be on holiday, but are unable due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The seasonal “Bali in the City” package is available from July 1 - Aug. 31, which includes:

  • A Bali-themed hotel room 
  • A sarong and bandana made from Indonesian batik
  • Baliflora perfume, by Laboratorio Olfattivo, which include Indonesian flower scents
  • Indonesian snacks
  • Cans of Balinese beer 
  • Natural soaps by neBali Soap which feature natural ingredients sourced from local fruit, flowers and plants.


The second-floor buffet restaurant Flavors will serve a "Taste of Paradise" menu, with classic dishes such as nasi goreng, as well as the general ambience of a local Balinese resort. Children will be offered Indonesian-themed colouring in activities and the swimming pool will host a giant print of St. Regis Bali hotel


At Marriott, the roaring 2020’s swing again

Besides adapting to customers tastes, the Marriott is also excited for the ‘Roaring Twenties’ to roll again - once everyone is vaccinated. 

From New York City to Bordeaux to Beijing, the Marriott brand is shaking up the classic cocktail with twists, celebrating the resurgence of travel destinations around the world.

In the 1920s, many sought vibrance and excitement following the devastation caused by the First World War (1914-1918). Now, after almost two years of working from home, social isolation, home schooling, video chat birthday parties and boredom - Marriott hotels is ready to jump on into the new decade once everyone is vaccinated. 

Renaissance Hotels, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands and the brand known for celebrating the spirit of the neighborhood through an unexpected hotel experience, declares today that the Cosmopolitan cocktail is having a renaissance this summer. Post-pandemic, Renaissance Hotels’ will put their own spin on Cosmopolitan cocktails and mocktails, which celebrate the soul of neighborhoods around the world. 

“As we emerge from the pandemic, we all have a thirst for connection with the people and places we’ve missed, along with a desire to indulge in our newfound freedom,” said Jason Nuell, Senior Vice President, Premium Brands, Marriott International. “The Cosmopolitan is arguably one of the greatest cocktail hits of recent decades, and as we enter a modern revival of the Roaring Twenties, Renaissance Hotels’ various takes on the colorful and joyful cocktail aim to help travelers and locals discover the DNA of the neighborhood in a wonderfully new and unexpected way.”

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Jul 9, 2021

Recruitment survey shows struggle to fill hospitality jobs

Helen Adams
3 min
Hospitality worker
A survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation shows that Brexit and the pandemic have caused a shortage in roles for hospitality and food jobs

Hospitality and food businesses are hiring and wages are rising, but employers are facing the biggest deterioration in the availability of candidates to fill new roles in the sector, for more than two decades.

A monthly report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said the reopening of the economy has led to an increase in hiring in the hospitality and food sectors but the high demand for workers is not being met.


A return to normal requires more workers

The steady return to more normal business operations has led to greater demand for staff . As businesses move back into their offices, or begin hybrid working between home and the workplace, there is a need to be filled for tea breaks, caffeine fixes and working lunches. The hospitality and food sectors and trying to fill the vacancies:

  • Permanent staff appointments expanded at the quickest rate since 1997
  • Temp billings growth hit the highest for nearly 23 years
  • Permanent appointments growth hit a series record 


At the same time, vacancy growth hit a new series record.  

The availability of workers declined at an unprecedented rate, driven by faster falls in the supply of both temporary and permanent staff.

As a result, rates of starting pay rose rapidly at the end of the second quarter.  


Improved business confidence leading recovery

The report is compiled by IHS Markit, from responses to questionnaires sent to a panel of around 400 UK recruitment and employment consultancies.

“Recruiters are working flat out to fill roles across our economy”, said Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC. “The jobs market is improving at the fastest pace we have ever seen, but it is still an unpredictable time. We can’t yet tell how much the ending of furlough and greater candidate confidence will help to meet this rising demand for staff. In some key shortage sectors like hospitality and food, more support is likely to be needed to avoid slowing the recovery. That means supporting transitions into growing sectors through unemployment support and new skills programmes, as well as making sure the new immigration system reacts to demand.”

“June’s data confirms that momentum in the jobs market continues to surge, with improved business confidence leading to record high recruitment activity”, said Claire Warnes, Partner and Head of Education, Skills and Productivity at KPMG UK. “As we move towards the final easing of pandemic restrictions, permanent role availability increased at the quickest rate since the survey began in 1997 and temporary roles rose to the greatest extent for 23-and-a-half years. But for the fourth month running we’re seeing a decline in the availability of candidates to fill all these new roles and the most severe deterioration for 24 years. We need action from businesses and government to reskill and upskill furloughed and prospective workers now more than ever, as the increasing skills gap in the workforce has the potential to slow the UK’s economic recovery.”

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