MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ — In today's fast paced, always-
connected society, Americans say the lines have blurred between work, home and
travel. According to today's Workstyles Survey ((C) 2000 Hilton Hospitality,
Inc.) conducted by Homewood Suites(R) by Hilton, the days when work, home and
travel were separate and defined are gone.
According to the survey, nearly half of leisure travelers today bring work
materials, such as a laptop computer, cell phone or pager with them on
vacation. In fact, more than two-thirds of the respondents engage in work
activities at home. Almost half of the respondents surveyed combined a
business trip with a leisure trip in the past year.
Sociology expert, Dr. Christena E. Nippert-Eng, author of Home and Work,
says, The ways that we draw the lines between home and work, the personal and
the public, are especially visible during business travel. Because of demands
on the family in this new economy, when you go on a business trip, your
personal life and away-from-work responsibilities cannot and simply do not
stop. Homewood Suites by Hilton, a national chain of upscale extended stay
hotels, has engaged Nippert-Eng to assist in their quest to study and explore
the work styles of today's business traveler. Nippert-Eng also helped
Homewood Suites by Hilton develop the survey and study the survey's results.
The Workstyles Survey also found that, under today's time constraints,
people find they must conduct personal business during the workday. In fact,
more than 60 percent of respondents said that they spend up to 25 percent of
each workday on personal matters (i.e. civic projects, doctor's appointments
and personal phone calls). More than half of those surveyed said they do not
feel guilty about taking care of personal matters at work.
The results from the Workstyles Survey also showed that more than
65 percent of the survey respondents prefer to stay in a hotel that has a
home-like feel. Even on a typical business trip, a surprising number of
people engage in a number of the same activities as they do when not
Homewood Suites by Hilton hotels are designed specifically for the long-
term business traveler, said Jim Holthouser, senior vice president of brand
management for Homewood Suites by Hilton. The average Homewood Suites
extended-stay guest stays 14 nights; therefore, we have to be expert in
understanding the needs of our guests and providing the right kind of
services. The survey reveals what we have known all along: what extended-stay
travelers really want in a hotel is the comforts and flexibility they enjoy in
their own homes.
To create the at-home feel, Homewood Suites by Hilton offers amenities
such as in-room kitchens, complimentary grocery shopping, washer/dryer access,
and separate work space and bedroom area in each suite. All ranked high on
the survey as the type of preferred amenities for travelers on extended
business or leisure trips.
Many business travelers are more relaxed in a hotel room that feels a
little 'closer to home' while still supporting that need to focus on work
activities, stated Nippert-Eng. A hotel like Homewood Suites by Hilton
helps you organize the travel, work and home aspects of your life. You can
cook for yourself, socialize over breakfast in the lodge, or you can enjoy
quiet time in your suite or enjoy meeting new people at the evening manager's
As Homewood Suites by Hilton's consultant on workstyles, Nippert-Eng also
will assist as a contributing author of the Homewood Suites by Hilton
Workstyles' Tips Booklet ((C) 2001 Hilton Hospitality, Inc.) due for release
in Spring 2001, offering tips on managing work and travel.
Created in 1989, Homewood Suites by Hilton today has more than 90 hotels
nationwide. The brand expects to have more than 100 hotels open by early next
year. Beyond its in-suite amenities, guests at Homewood Suites by Hilton
hotels can take advantage of each property's on-site 24-hour Suite Shop(R)
convenience store, exercise facility and guest laundry. Guests can also enjoy
a daily complimentary breakfast and weekday evening manager's reception in the
hotel's Lodge. Additional guest services include a complimentary grocery
shopping service and a complete business center. Most Homewood Suites by
Hilton locations also feature a swimming pool and outdoor sports court.
To make reservations at a Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel, travelers can call
1-800-CALL-HOME or visit the Homewood Suites Web site at
www.homewood-suites.com. Homewood Suites is a member of the Hilton HHonors(R)
guest reward program that allows its members to DoubleDip(R) by simultaneously
earning both hotel points and airline miles with each qualifying stay.
Homewood Suites by Hilton is a subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation, a
recognized internationally preeminent hospitality company. The company
develops, owns, manages or franchises 1,800 hotels, resorts and vacation
ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best known
and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy
Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Harrison Conference Centers,
Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Red Lion Hotels & Inns, and
The following trademarks are owned by Hilton Hospitality, Inc.: Hilton(R),
Doubletree(R), Embassy Suites Hotels(R), Hampton Inn(R), Hampton Inn &
Suites(R), Homewood Suites(R) by Hilton, Red Lion Hotels & Inns(R) and Conrad
International(R). HHonors(R) and Double Dip(R) are trademarks owned by Hilton
HHonors Worldwide LLC.
SOURCE Hilton Hospitality, Inc.