As consumers across the world adapt to working in their homes and living in their offices, the need for an escape is more prevalent than ever. For those with higher disposable incomes, the option to vacate to sunnier climes and secluded spaces is more feasible—and with offices shut for the foreseeable future, who’s to say they can’t stay there longer? Latching onto the opportunity to reinvigorate tourism, luxury hotels and destinations are rebranding as semi-permanent home offices.
On July 2, 2020, the Barbados government announced a plan to offer a 12 month visa option for tourists who visit the island in the hopes of revamping their tourism industry. The visa would allow tourists to holiday and even work remotely from the island for a whole year, enjoying all the country has to offer—from luxury resorts to white sand beaches. The move speaks to the global nomad trend we identified in The Future 100: 2018, which was formerly attached to affluent millennials but is now evolving for the masses.