Westin believes you're overworked … and could use a hotel stay

By T.L. Stanley on Thu Sep 23 2010

Westin

Royal Caribbean already reminded us how overworked and underappreciated we are in this crappy economy. Now, it's time for Westin Hotels to tell us bedraggled American drones just what that all-work, no-play attitude is doing to us: making us miserable, shortening our lives and ruining our marriages, that's what. Yikes! Better get out of town! Westin's new campaign urges people to take the time off that's owed them—and, naturally, spend it at one of the marketer's many fine properties. A Westin study found that 58 percent of those surveyed said they need more vacation time, and 64 percent have canceled trips because of work. The campaign, anchored by Westin's Travel and Be Well site, aims to educate 9-to-5ers about the health benefits of vacations and nudges them to sign an online petition promising to use their company-paid time by the end of the year. So far, more than 11,000 people have made the pledge. There's a contest attached that gives away 200 four-day trips and an offer good through next year of a free fourth night with a three-day Westin stay. But if you choose to chain yourself to your desk, you can potentially expect an expanding waistline, a heart attack and a divorce in your future, along with a satisfied boss. How's that sound?

Holiday Inn staffers now personally warming up your bed for you

Posted on Thu Jan 28 2010

Holiday-inn

If someone is warming up your bed, I hope for your sake that either a) it's someone with whom you've been previously acquainted, or b) it'll involve copious amounts of alcohol and protection. Holiday Inn may see it differently. In one of freakiest promotions I've ever heard of, the Holiday Inn's Kensington, London location has been offering a five-minute "human bed warming" service, where some hapless staffer climbs between your sheets to take the chill off them. (I'm guessing the guest is not actually in the bed at the same time, though the hotel chain's photo would suggest otherwise.) The marketer says it's like "having a giant hot water bottle" in your bed. It's also like having a stranger in your bed. Which is fine, if you're into that sort of thing. Just be careful!

—Posted by T.L. Stanley


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