IN a developing ski resort the availability of staff accommodation is something that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.
With Niseko’s popularity expected to continue, there is an opportunity for the development of staff-specific accommodation on the outskirts of Hirafu and possibly in Kutchan.
Chook from Ski Japan/NBS says, “With an increase of about 30 staff this year, it was difficult to find staff accommodation. We have spent months trying to source, secure and then prepare affordable accommodation for our staff. We have invested money into the accommodation to ensure comfortable living conditions for our staff.”
Noticing the potential problems Chook says, “We are currently developing a staff housing strategy for the future – this includes the possibility of having staff live out of town.”