Bleisure hinges on the idea that it doesn’t make much sense to visit dozens of places on business trips where the only memorable moments of pleasure are the “top 10 things you must do” before heading back to the airport.
Trends in business and leisure travel have changed significantly in recent years to the point where the lines between a business trip and a true holiday have been blurred. By adding opportunities for leisure, business travellers are able to disconnect from the airports, hotels and meetings to enjoy themselves. Meanwhile leisure travel can be used as an opportunity for generating business. This is where the concept of bleisure (a portmanteau of ‘business’ and ‘leisure’) is born; in other words, balancing business with leisure while travelling.
Company policies and travel budgets often allow an employee to tack on an extra day to business trips (for example, returning on Saturday instead of Friday), enjoy additional fun activities or even add another person to the reservation such as a spouse. These circumstances can make a work trip feel a little more like a holiday, especially when visiting distant locations.
At Empirance, we organise fully-customised travel experiences that allow you to discover a destination from an unlikely perspective. By taking into account your tastes, schedule and budget and providing you with our in-depth knowledge of the location and our strategic agreements with the best tour operators, we can offer you an unforgettable package. Take in the stunning views from Barcelona’s best rooftop bars, sip local wines alongside renowned sommeliers, feel all the emotion of a concert or football match from the VIP lounge or escape on a yacht along the Costa Brava or to the Balearic Islands. At Empirance, our clients envision the experiences they want to have. We put the knowledge of our event planners at their disposal to make those experiences a reality, while always keeping in mind the client's schedule and budget. Some of the most popular plans are:
Taking a tour through the skies above Barcelona gives an unparalleled perspective on the architectural heritage of the city. The option of cruising over the sea to the Balearic Islands and finishing the tour in Ibiza is the finishing touch on this intrepid plan.
Just a quick two-hour boat journey from Barcelona lies the Costa Brava, a must-see destination in this part of the Mediterranean that's known for its beautiful coastline and turquoise waters. Many of our clients opt for this seductive trip, which includes everything you need for water activities.
For our shopping addicts, we recommend a tour of Barcelona’s most exclusive boutique shops and shopping centres. Take advantage of a personal shopping assistant who will design a customised itinerary, keeping an eye out for discounts, latest trends, new brands and shops and much more.
For football lovers and anyone who wants to try a new and exciting experience, we book VIP lounge tickets in the Camp Nou for an FC Barcelona match. Sit in the stadium’s best seats and enjoy an exclusive catering service and personalised attention throughout the entire match.
We organise trips to luxury ski resorts that are tailored impeccably to the needs of each group—accommodations, tables at restaurants, cocktail lounges and VIP nightclubs. We’re also prepared for the inverse scenario where the ski resort serves as a backdrop for meetings, product launches, etc.
If you're someone who enjoys the finer things in life, you’ll love the wine and cava tasting with renowned sommeliers. Embark on a guided tour of the most celebrated vineyards in regions with designation of origin, like Empordà, Priorat, Montsant and Terra Alta.
For our ‘foodie’ clients, we’ve devised private culinary experiences in emblematic sites throughout the city and the surrounding region. Learn alongside renowned chefs skilled in Catalan gastronomy who will prepare different dishes and invite guests to participate.
Those who want to disconnect form company meetings can look no further than our luxury spa experiences in emblematic parts of the city, with discounts and exclusive details as well as a wide variety of health and beauty treatments for some well-deserved pampering.
Our clients may be on the cutting edge of their industry, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate the city’s classic monuments and museums, including the Dalí Museum 135 km from Barcelona. We have the best guides for unparalleled tours. Tell us your interests and we’ll do the rest.
We're delighted to offer strategic partnerships with the Aquarium, the Zoo, the Tibidabo and Port Aventura amusement parks, the CosmoCaixa museum (science-related activities) and the “Catalunya en miniatura” theme park, which has tiny replicas of monuments and more.
One of the most privileged experiences chosen by motor sport fans is the opportunity to drive the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya race track behind the wheel of emblematic cars like a Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini, followed by lunch in the Paddock restaurant.
Empirance knows all about the intrigue of a vibrant nightlife, which is why we offer plans for sipping cocktails on Barcelona’s majestic terraces and rooftops with spectacular views of the city and VIP entry to exclusive nightclubs where the who’s who of Barcelona likes to be seen.
Anyone that travels for business can return home having enjoyed leisure experiences thanks to the concept of bleisure travel, as long as the company’s policies and the date flexibility allow for it. And while the budget may need to be increased to cover the additional activities, often the plane ticket will cost no extra.
Bleisure travel is becoming one the most widespread incentives offered by companies. Companies are allowing their workers to extend their trips or bring their families with them, so that they can have a more enjoyable experience and better reconcile their work and family life.
The proliferation of new ways of working and new types of companies has created an environment where forward-thinking professionals and business people can utilise their holidays to do business. Bleisure allows business people to juggle these two facets of travel and make the most of both.
It’s not only companies but also individual professionals who are asked to participate in fairs, congresses, exhibitions, presentations, etc. Many decide to turn their work trip into a mini holiday, especially when it involves a faraway destination.
We know that having to change accommodations during a work trip so that you can enjoy a recreational experience is not the idea of leisure that most travellers have in mind. To overcome this, we’ve developed agreements with many hotels and other accommodations throughout the world so that you can extend and enjoy significant discounts.
For many travellers, the leisure time on a business trip is best when friends or family are there too. That’s why we offer packages where children under 12 stay for free and adults enjoy other large discounts on accommodations and plane tickets.
At Empirance, we have a wide range of packages for every profile, including guided tours of local points of interest, discounted theme park tickets for kids, spa gift cards for couples and much more.
The travelling employee will return with new experiences that would have been impossible to get on a conventional business trip.
By escaping the tedious nature of a conventional business trip, the travelling employee will be more productive and will generate more ideas.
People who internalise the concept of bleisure while travelling have a more positive attitude at work and on a personal level.