Now that it appears the Internet social networking market may very well be saturated it’s time for entrepreneurs to consider other types of new business interests. A keen business mind always recognizes the possibility of great profits from something entirely new. And so the new Divorce Hotel in the Netherlands may offer a model of a new business for consideration.
Katie Moisse has reported for ABC Business News “Divorce Hotel Offers Weekend Escape.” This new kind of hotel offers disgusted couples an opportunity to get away from each other. At the Divorce Hotel, unhappily married couples have the option to check out of their marriages with a weekend package which includes lawyers and luxury accommodations, which are of course separate.
Jim Halfens, the Dutch entrepreneur who came up with the idea, has said “They arrive on Friday and we give them everything they need to leave Sunday with their divorce papers. Divorces can cost a lot of money and a lot of time. Here, it’s done in three days.” Couples in search of easy divorces can check into one of six boutique hotels in the Netherlands for the Divorce Hotel package, which generally costs between $2,500 and $10,000 depending on the complexity of the couple’s assets and whether there’s a custody battle.
Halfens has said “We have everything they need: lawyers, mediators, psychologists. The marriage failed, and that’s negative. But it’s also a new start, and that’s positive. The only thing we can do is offer a better solution than fighting for years.” Halfens is soon planning to bring Divorce Hotel to the U.S., where one in two marriages ends in divorce.
Halfens has said “People are very interested because what we’re doing is so unique. At first, you’re very angry with each other but there’s one moment when you say, ‘Let’s do this in a positive way.’ That’s when you come to us and we’ll do it fast.” Halfens has invited Demi Moore and Aston Kutcher, who split in November, to be Divorce Hotel’s first American guests. Halfens has said “They would be perfect for our program. We wrote to them and said they are very welcome.” But, Moore and Kutcher did not respond.
Halfens said he is hoping to launch a reality TV show about Divorce Hotel in the fall. He has commented “It’s time to show people this is possible. And obviously it would be a great television show.” With so many problems arising among American couples in these chaotic times the Divorce Hotel may very well represent a paradoxical development of a new American dream of quick and easy divorces in a relaxed setting. A bottle of champagne between split up couples wishing each other a nice future at the Divorce Hotel raises images of an unusually interesting new business concept.
Mandel News Service