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Co-working space for industry

Travel brokers and ‘mobile’ travel agents, start-ups and other small companies suited to flexible working environments are expected to be among early adopters of a new shared workplace concept being introduced into New Zealand.

 

Led by Richard Taylor and cofounder Luke Crawford, The Travel Industry Hub is set to have locations in Auckland (first) and Sydney soon, and people involved in the wider travel industry and its ancillaries are welcome to express interest now. The concept will appeal to operators who want to avoid high rental costs but who also see the benefit of having other people to interact with. ‘Globally, co-working is booming,’ says Taylor. ‘Businesses of all sizes are attracted to freeing themselves from long leases and liabilities and instead finding a fluid space that grows or contracts with them.’

 

Taylor says that 7% of US office space is dedicated to flexible and shared working environments, with Australia and New Zealand at just 2% but growing rapidly. ‘Other industries have shown that working together can be highly beneficial for ideas and productivity and we believe that travel, tourism, hospitality and other related industries can thrive working together. ‘We’re looking for interest from companies and individuals to join us.’ He says that while the Travel Hub is likely to appeal to brokers and small travel agency companies, it will also be open to travel media/bloggers, travel marketing and representative companies, inbounders and others. To find out more about The Travel Hub, email: richard@thetravelindustryhub.com

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