With Christmas having come and gone, even Santa’s helpers are taking a well-earned break. Not so for team Khaya in Korea.
Instead of wrapping gifts, Team Khaya has been tirelessly unwrapping new beds and sofas and turning residential apartments into upmarket residences for the soonto- be arriving guests from Japan, the US, France, Canada and other winter sport countries.
”We are putting brand new furniture into some apartments and are even changing mattresses“, explains Khaya’s country manager Yeri Chun. Pots and plates are being replaced. Each apartment has to be spotless and the Wi-Fi needs to be flawless. To be able to manage all of this Khaya’s team in Korea has grown to over 100 staff.
”We are creating a “home away from home“ atmosphere“, says Yeri. ”And our guests have very high expectations.“
NOCs have faith in Khaya Thousands of white towels, duvets and sheets have been delivered over the last weeks. It is the biggest operation of this kind in the history of Khaya.
In PyeongChang the company is hosting several big name National Olympic Committees, broadcasters and sponsors in almost a thousand apartments.
”The next four weeks will be extremely hectic“, says CEO Volkhard Bauer, ”but once all of our guests have arrived, checked-in and the Games have been opened, a different phase of our operations begins and the mad rush will come to an end.“
Khaya is the world leader in private apartment letting at major sporting events. Team Khaya now resembles a well-oiled machine, having hosted countless visitors at previous FIFA World Cups, UEFA EUROs and Olympic Games