Posts tagged with "Post COVID-19"

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Korea has quickly earned increasing global interest and attention with the rise of online cultural trends. So many people are intrigued by the experience of Korean culture, and since Korea has been continuously recuperating from COVID-19, the Incheon Tourism Organization predicts that international tourists will be able to indulge in trips to Korea very soon.

Seoul has been often regarded as the leading tourist attraction in Korea, but Incheon may triumph over Seoul modernly. Conveniently located by the sea amongst islands and numerous filming locations of Korean cultural content, tourists can now encounter trips in the area with Incheon’s smart tourist platform.

Incheon Tourism Organization suggests the following tourist locations to get to know the true essence of Incheon.

Wolmido Island – Location from Squid Game

Wolmi Theme Park (Wolmi My Land) opened in 1992 and is the oldest amusement park in Wolmido. The park has become exceptionally popular as it was the filming location of Squid Game, where Deoksu meets his gang members. Fans come near and far to get photo ops at Wolmi There Park, indulging in dalgona like the characters from Squid Game and to admire the breathtaking sunsets.

Yeongjongdo Island – The Heart of Korean Content

Yeongjongdo Island is typically the first site that tourists encounter, as many international airlines arrive in Korea via Incheon International Airport. One of the top art and entertainment resorts in Yeongjongdo Island, Paradise City, is noteworthy for the multitude of music videos, photoshoots and fan meeting sites for K-Pop artists. Paradise City isn’t the only filming location for Korean content from TV series to reality shows in Yeongjongdo Island. Eurwangni Beach is where BTS filmed one of their music videos, and is a must-visit for those looking to appreciate a stunning sunset in Korea.

Incheon Open Port – Smart Travel via Incheon Easy App

Incheon Open Port may just be the most significant historic tourist attraction that allows for an experience of the 19th century, and the present. Domestic and international visitors can take pleasure in these trips by using the Incheon Easy app. The app includes tourism suggestions, transportation reservations and a luggage keeping service. Download the Incheon Easy app if you plan on traveling to Incheon soon. (Available on Google Play and App Store).

If you’re in search of the perfect tourist destination that will submerge you in culture, entertainment and history, you’ve found exactly that in Incheon.


DWELLoptimal * Real Estate


Delivering Tech-Enabled, Secure Live|Work Environments that Cater Specifically to the Needs of Business.

As the country begins to re-open, questions and concerns abound for businesses that rely on corporate travel. Managing the needs of business travelers in a post COVID environment presents companies with a new array of challenges, and the notion of secure travel is now suddenly in focus.

DWELLoptimal, which officially launches in the summer of 2020, is attempting to solve the problem of secure real-estate for business travel. DWELL accomplishes this by providing dedicated live|work apartments – optimized for remote work, and exclusively provided to companies only.

The backdrop for business travel was in the midst of an evolutionary shift prior to COVID 19. Within the industry, the traditional hotel space was feeling the disruptive effects of a growing STR market (short term rentals), which was ushered in nearly 12 years ago by Air BnB. According to a recent CBRE report, STR’s now represent nearly 10% of total U.S. Hotel supply and amassed over $119 Billion in revenues in 2019.

What was once considered an ancillary product is now becoming a preferred typology – according to Craig James, founder of DWELLoptimal. “Hospitality maps were already changing dramatically before COVID-19, but the onset of this health crisis changes the priorities of business travelers in a permanent way. The crowded lobby bar is suddenly less appealing.”

As a start-up that was designed specifically for business, DWELLoptimal delivers secure live|work apartments that optimize employee productivity and well-being.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, James points out that DWELLoptimal was thoughtfully designed to promote health and well-being with intentions such as a ‘no touch’ check-in process, keyless entry, low-to-no touch integrated groceries, customizable in-unit exercise, and industrial cleaning and sanitization options. These features come standard for Dwell units along with dozens of other customizations that uniquely position Dwell to respond to these new realities.


Differentiating itself in an increasingly crowded landscape of branded accommodations, DWELLoptimal partners with companies to deliver entire portfolios of live|work apartments, in locations companies actually elect themselves. In describing the business model, founder Craig James describes it simply – “We start with asking companies the outrageous question: What
do you want? and where do you want it?  And then we deliver that.”

DWELLoptimal then provides their corporate clients with an integrated software platform for managing utilization, controlling unit environments remotely, and allowing employees to “drive experience” of their live|work spaces. “We’re one of the first to deliver truly customizable experiences – down to the Kiehl’s soap in the bathroom” says James.


While the corporate apartment concept has been around for decades, innovations in Iot and platform technology have brought it into a new era.

“It is a critical juncture”, says Luke Bujarski, founder and managing director of Luft Research & Advisory. “Technology will separate the winners and losers as this industry consolidates,” he predicts. “Technology is the enabler of smart property management and customer acquisition and retention.”

Creation of optimized living solutions, James notes, can’t happen without effective technology. “At our core, we want to power the productivity of the employee,” James says. “And that starts with utilizing technology to eliminate travel friction in all the obvious ways. With instant Wi-Fi connections, Zoom conferencing and Slack integrations, we’re utilizing our platform to actually give time back to the mobile employee.”

Ease-of-use is also an important part of the equation, which is guided by an elegant application interface. “In business travel, mobile professionals prioritize the overall tenant experience, which includes fitness, nutrition and wellness,” James says.

That kind of customized experience is designed to keep increasingly mobile employees functioning at a high level – and keep them onboard.

“We see secure real estate as an offensive strategy designed to attract and retain employees,” James says. “Why wouldn’t you give your employees access to the most productive and secure environments you can?”

About DwellOptimal

DWELLoptimal is a real estate technology company that provides a new standard in productivity-focused design for extended stay business travelers. Unlike most companies currently in the serviced apartment space, DWELL is focused exclusively on business travel on behalf of its corporate clients.

DWELLoptimal provides their corporate clients with an integrated software platform for managing utilization, controlling unit environments remotely, and allowing employees to customize elements of their live|work spaces.