A way of organizing an office which has been made possible by distributed system technology. The term arises from the fact that office location and assignment is carried out in the same way as rooms are assigned in a hotel: when a worker arrives he or she is assigned an office for a few hours or a day rather than being assigned a permanent office. Hotelling is usually carried out in conjunction with teleworking. It is best suited to companies where there are a high proportion of staff out of the office,: for example, sales staff visiting clients. The word was first invented by up-market prostitutes to describe the way they work. See also hot desking.