On the occasion of Children’s Day on 1 June, children will take over key positions in all of the hotels of the Vienna House group. The idea is to see the hotel operations through children’s eyes, to assess and implement processes from a child’s point of view, and for the kids to get to know their parents’ place of work. In the end, participating children will be challenged to find the mischievous little imp Joh, who is up to all sorts of tricks in the Vienna House hotels. The Children’s Day activities also serve to introduce the new Vienna House kids concept. Around Children’s Day, the youngest guests of Vienna House will find out what matters to children in a hotel.
This is the chance for six- to twelve-year-olds to take charge as hotel manager, reception staff, bar or restaurant manager, PR officer or building services engineer in order to influence the hotel business from their point of view and to discover the processes behind a hotel stay. The invitation is open to children of employees, partners, guests, nearby schools, Facebook users who hear about the action via social media as well as bloggers’ children. The children will face a multitude of tasks to deal with, from the opening of the morning meeting to the moderation of a press conference, from the decision about what to put on the children’s menu to new creative non-alcoholic cocktails or welcoming guests at the reception. The youngest hotel managers will be easily recognisable by their uniform and name tag; they will have a defined scope of decision and be consulted by a buddy.
“The aim is for children to playfully get to know the hotel. On Children’s Day, every Vienna House will be organising activities for the youngest guests and for local children as a way of calling attention to the group’s new children’s offer,” says Rupert Simoner, CEO of Vienna House. “You can’t start early enough to create fans for a job in the hotel business,” he adds with a smile.
Joh loves mischief
The main actor here is Joh. Joh is a mischievous little imp who is hiding in every Vienna House and has been up to all sorts of tricks and pranks after a bellhop found him in a piece of forgotten luggage. Joh really likes showing himself to children. That’s why as many children as possible should try to lure him out of his hiding places at all Vienna House hotels on Children’s Day on 1 June. Together with Joh, the little guests can show the adults what matters to kids. Kids, there’s something going on at Vienna House On Children’s Day, the youngest guests at Vienna House will get a chance to play on the big hotel playground, paint the walls, explore the hotel on a scavenger hunt while looking for Joh, eat their way through delicious children’s buffets, write stories that later will be published and shared with the other kids via mobile concierge – and for all kids there will be fun presents and surprises.
Vienna House Czech Republic will hold a press conference with the charity “Children with Cancer” in which the children assume organisational roles such as opening, moderating, tasting at the buffet, communication via social media and implementing the kids ideas.
In Germany, for example, Joh can be found at andel’s by Vienna House Berlin where he helps the kids complete their responsible tasks. On 1 June, kids can enter a colouring competition or decorate donuts and cakes. Joh and the children are also calling for donations to help Berlin’s street children. At Vienna House Easy Braunschweig, the kids will celebrate Children’s Day with a bouncy castle, chicken nuggets, fries and lemonade as well as kids’ dancing. At Vienna House QF Dresden, about 30 children led by two kid managers will bake, mix non-alcoholic drinks and accompany hotel guests to their room. Travellers checking in or out of Vienna House Limburg on 1 June will receive a little gift for the kids at home. Also on this day, the meeting guests will be served special coffee breaks with typical children’s food and drinks that will remind them of their own childhood.
A special children’s reception will welcome the youngest guests at andel’s by Vienna House Lodz. The little ones can play on a large playground in the lobby, the older kids will go looking for Joh while on a role-playing game and will work together to finish a giant puzzle. In the end, there will be a fantastic brunch for everyone. At angelo by Vienna House Katowice, children can learn to dance with Joh and how to make candies. At andel’s by Vienna House Cracow, the young hotel managers will pass through different stations to pick up puzzle pieces of Joh to put together at the end.
At both Disneyland Paris hotels – Vienna House Dream Castle and Vienna House Magic Circus – the kids will work together with Joh and the kitchen chef to come up with new menus for the little guests. Bucharest will be organising Joh colouring contests and face painting.
All activities, details and advantages of the Vienna House kids concept are summarised at www.viennahouse.com. Children up to the age of three stay for free at Vienna House. Up to 14 years of age, an extra bed in the same room costs just 20 euros in most of the hotels; a separate room is available for 50 percent off – breakfast included. To make travelling easier for parents, the hotel offers travel beds with separate children’s bedding, buggies for borrowing, kids VIP treatment, as well as game ideas and little surprises so that boredom doesn’t stand a chance. At the buffet of the “Kids Specialist Hotels” Vienna House Dream Castle, Vienna House Magic Circus and Vienna House Easy Günzburg, children will enjoy separate children’s buffets. All other hotels offer special children’s meals that are fun and good to eat. Tips for things to do near the hotel – places where kids can have fun, like Dinopark Pilsen or the falconry show near Paris – can be found online or in the mobile concierge.