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Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Trends -

Pack­ing can be stress­ful when you are try­ing to travel light, but some ho­tels are de­liv­er­ing de­signer fash­ion to your room so you can choose the clothes you need on ar­rival. W Lon­don Le­ices­ter Square in­tro­duced its “Walk Out Wardrobe” in part­ner­ship with rental site Gir­lMeet­sDress.com in 2015. Guests stay­ing in suites can or­der items in ad­vance or call down to have a rail of out­fits brought up free of charge.

Lon­don’s Berke­ley ho­tel has col­lab­o­rated with fash­ion re­sale site Ves­tiare Col­lec­tive, which has cu­rated a se­lec­tion of vin­tage ac­ces­sories to bor­row or buy. The Fash­ion Trunk is stocked with ev­ery­thing from Her­mès scarfs to Chanel clutches. In De­cem­ber, the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Lon­don Park Lane teamed up with Har­vey Ni­chols to pro­vide a styling ser­vice. In Chicago, the Vir­gin ho­tel col­lects clothes you or­der from Gap on its in-room iPads and leaves them in your wardrobe. APART­MENT RENTAL Home stays are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar with busi­ness trav­ellers. In April 2016, One­fines­tay, which has a port­fo­lio of more than 2,600 units in Lon­don, New York, Paris, Rome and LA, was bought for £117 mil­lion by Ac­corho­tels, which will in­vest £50 mil­lion on ex­pand­ing into 40 new cities over the next five years. Ac­corho­tels also owns a stake in Oa­sis Col­lec­tion, which has homes in 18 cities – by the end of 2017, it plans to have a pres­ence in 50 cities. Busi­ness nights booked on Airbnb, which launched self-ser­vice por­tal airbnb.com/busi­ness-travel in 2015, tripled last year. Amer­i­can Ex­press Global Busi­ness Travel, BCD Travel and Carl­son Wagonlit Travel all now have agree­ments with Airbnb al­low­ing clients to track book­ings, while PAs and man­agers can re­serve stays for trav­ellers.

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