Posted: 27 July 2015
The lonely open road
His name is Denis. He’s the one that remembers I like sparkling water versus still. He worries when I am running late. He asks about my day and calls me Mademoiselle Nicholas. Is he my partner? No. He’s one of the staff at “my regular” i.e. the hotel where I typically stay when visiting Paris monthly for business. My boss lived in Paris and thinks I’m crazy for staying in Saint Germain when our offices are in La Defense. She claims it’s inconvenient and she’s right. I don’t care as much about the convenience. I care about the company. While I enjoy meeting my colleagues and visiting a beautiful city, I also relish the familiar and routine. Apparently, I am not alone.
No matter if I’m traveling for business or pleasure, I’m looking for experiences. Great ones in fact. Kristy Nicholas, Global TravelerIn the recent Egencia Global Traveler Survey, 84% of business travelers across the globe said face-to-face interaction at their hotel is important. I agree. Denis is one of the main reasons why I keep returning to Saint Germain. When you travel essentially as much as you stay home, the human connection is important. It’s the difference between a trip and an experience. No matter if I’m traveling for business or pleasure, I’m looking for experiences. Great ones in fact. For those days where my experiences may require celebration or the wear of being away from home catches up with me, Denis is there. He provides the human, personal and relevant interactions that 52% of global business travelers believe is important. I know it is. I – like 50% of my fellow global business travelers - appreciate the value that a human point of view provides. My human point of view in Paris is Denis. He takes care of me when I am missing my family and furry babies. He’s a nice break between a day of meetings and a night of email. He welcomes me and gives me that bit of familiarity I crave when the rest of my day is a buffet of variety.