September 25, 2022

First with the Alderney News

Is there a place for digital nomads in Alderney?

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Two online webinars on Tuesday 09 February opened people’s eyes to the world of the digital nomad and remote working.

The first, organised by Island Innovation, attracted over 2000 attendees to hear how island communities, such as the Country of Curaçao (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean) and Madeira (an autonomous region of Portugal) have gone about attracting digital nomads. An international panel of speakers included the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism for Curaçao, Dr Steven Martina, and the Project Manager for ‘Startup Madeira’, Micaela Vieira. The panel also included a Digital Nomad Community Organiser,  Rosanna Lopes, herself a digital nomad.

So, what is a digital nomad? In simple terms, it is someone who travels the world, often spending no more than three months in any one place before moving on. Some digital nomads find work locally, but many earn a living through being able to work online. A common feature of digital nomads is that they have minimalist personal belongings, needing only a computer and a good internet connection.

While the first webinar was aimed at an international audience, the second online seminar “A new vein for economic diversity – Nomads and Remote Workers” was focussed on the opportunities for digital nomads and remote workers in Guernsey, Alderney, and Sark.

Co-chaired by Jon Buckland and the author of this article, David Earl, attendees heard from digital nomads Louise Croft, who is now based in Guernsey and Dominique Soulas who has set up a base with her husband in Sark. A third panellist was Nigel Roberts who has been running his company, Island Networks from Alderney for the past twenty years. Although he has travelled extensively, he describes himself as “the original remote worker”.

It is estimated that there could be as many as one billion digital nomads by 2035.

As in Curaçao , the approach in Madeira has been to do everything possible to welcome digital nomads with tax breaks and other incentives. Madeira has even gone as far as to create a digital village specifically for digital nomads.

From the Bailiwick’s perspective, one advantage of attracting digital nomads is that many of them are in their twenties and thirties, something which could have the effect of countering an aging population as well as having a positive impact on the economy, particularly in Alderney and Sark.

Speaking after the event, Jon Buckland said:

“It was fascinating listening to the experiences of some of the Bailiwick’s digital nomads and remote workers. Alderney, Guernsey and Sark certainly are attractive to specific market segments. It was apparent how important the digital workspaces are in attracting these workers and we are very fortunate to have the Digital Greenhouse in Guernsey. This is clearly a new emerging economic sector which our governments should be promoting and investing in.”

Note: For anyone who missed the two events, recordings of both can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

Adapting Tourist Destinations For Remote Workers & Digital Nomads In 2021

A new vein for economic diversity – Nomads and Remote Workers

1 thought on “Is there a place for digital nomads in Alderney?

  1. Congratulations Island Innovations, speakers and panelists. This was a very enlightening presentation.

    The benefits to Alderney could be quite extensive and a little thoughtful consideration towards generating a solution to attract digital nomads would be well worth the effort. Not only use of under utilised residential accommodation and accommodation rentals but increased turnover for the islands economy. An increase in our islands communications infrastructure due to increased demand. An increase in the membership of clubs and associations. The benefits are endless.

    Let’s not waste this opportunity. I stand by to help in any way I can.

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