If your (or your employees') work trips are often rushed and strictly business with no room for leisure. A bit of re-planning might be in order.
New research by The Economist Intelligence Unit found best cities for leisure are also the best for business. But that's not all. The report also found those who incorporate leisure activities into their business trips were more productive.
Of the 1,500 employees surveyed, 71% agreed to the statement "the best cities for leisure are also typically the best cities for business," the report titled The 2019 bleisure barometer: Asia’s best cities for work and recreation revealed.
Senior management are more inclined toward this view - 78% compared to 69% of those in middle management and below. Brian King, associate dean and professor, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, who provided input to the report, said: "Older, more established executives feel more confident [about taking time for leisure] and can extract the best that these cities have to offer."
Interestingly, the bulk of respondents (80%) agreed that they are more productive when they incorporate leisure activities into their business trips. By gender, women were more likely than men to strongly agree (44% v 36%).
Top 10 Asian cities for bleisure
Evaluating the bleisure potential of various cities in Asia-Pacific, the report placed Tokyo as the region's best bleisure destination out of the 26 cities examined in the region. This was determined by a quantitative barometer constructed for this programme, based on survey responses.
The Japanese capital is joined by Singapore, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Melbourne as a “five-star” bleisure city. Kuala Lumpur was tied for 13th place with Mumbai. Both cities were rated two stars for bleisure.
The top 10 Asian cities for bleisure are:
Tokyo Score:4.12 Stars: 5
Singapore Score: 4.05 Stars: 5
Sydney Score: 4.04 Stars:
Hong Kong Score: 4.04 Stars: 5
Melbourne Score: 4.04 Stars: 5
Shanghai Score: 3.97 Stars: 4
Beijing Score: 3.96 Stars: 4
Osaka Score: 3.90 Stars: 3
Perth Score: 3.89 Stars: 3
Seoul Score: 3.88 Stars: 3
Check out the infographic below for more findings:
Infographic / The Economist Intelligence Unit Photo / 123RF