Despite the significant amount of global connection we are now enjoying via the internet, many businesses and employees alike still value the opportunity to have face time with their clients and prospects. This importance placed in face-to-face interactions is evident in the latest statistics where $1.3 trillion was recorded to have been spent on global business travel in 2017. Further, experts see this trend to only go upwards in the coming years.
Indeed, business trips are important in sealing the deal and in building a good relationship with customers or stakeholders. However, many business travelers also make the most of these occasions to get to know a new city and explore other places and even other business opportunities. It allows them to get some “me” time as well as take some of the stress out of business travel.
With this in mind, we have rounded up a few of the world’s top business travel destinations we have seen gain popularity over the years and that you might want to consider visiting on your next international business trip.
Southeast Asia’s economic powerhouse, Singapore has been among the top destinations for many business travelers in the last several years. It has a thriving art scene and offers tourists a wide array of contemporary architectural wonders and outdoor attractions like the spectacular Gardens by the Bay.
Dubbed as the Emerald City, Seattle offers plenty of amenities as well as leisure activities for business travellers. It has a wealth of green spaces, a booming tech sector, and a great number of rich cultural opportunities such as the Space Needle and the Pacific Science Center.
Toronto is known as Canada’s hub for education, entertainment, and culture, and has hosted more international meetings and conferences than any other North American city in 2018. Many business travelers who visit Toronto enjoy shopping in Eaton Centre and viewing the city from CN Tower, an engineering wonder and the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.
The capital of Czech Republic, Prague is renowned for being one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. When you’re in Prague for a business trip, you can make the most out of your visit by exploring its most popular sights such as the Prague Castle, the Lennon Wall, and some popular breweries.
Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city and prides itself with its beautiful coastal setting that can rarely be found anywhere else. Like Seattle and Toronto, Malmö also has a thriving community of tech start-ups. Business and leisure travellers visiting the city also love to walk along its cobbled streets and tour its medieval market squares.