Business Tourism is on the rise lately, and it is not hard to see why. The economy is becoming increasingly global, resulting in more business travel. When in a new city, people want to see more than the airport and the inside of an office. They are looking to see historical landmarks, explore natural beauty, and experience exotic restaurants.
Call it business tourism, call it bleisure, call it what you will, but this is a trend that is looks like it is here to stay. As people travel, they want to enjoy more than strictly business.
At Corporate Stays, we like to deliver an experience that goes beyond business. Let us share some of our top tips for business tourism.
Business Tourism Tip #1: Location, Location, Location
While staying at the hotel near the airport may seem like a simple plan, the extra travel time in and out of the city could make sightseeing difficult. Staying in accommodations closer to the business and tourist hubs of the city may be a better option.
Make a brief list of the things you would like to see while you are in the city. By comparing those areas with where you will be conducting your business, you’ll have a better idea of where you will want to stay. After all, what better way to start your day than with a walk by a historic site, leaving your mind clear and cheerful as you stroll into your first meeting.
Business Tourism Tip #2: Take Advantage of Local Expertise
One of the easiest ways to get some insider tips on the best places to see is to stay somewhere with a dedicated concierge service. With their local knowledge, and experience with business and tourism, you can count on a concierge to have great ideas on how to enjoy your stay. Whether it be an amazing restaurant that is super popular with the locals, or the best times to visit a popular tourist spot, having that kind of local expertise on your side will bring your trip to the next level.
Business Tourism Tip #3: Mix Business and Pleasure
Speaking of local expertise, why not rely on some local knowledge from those you are meeting during your visit? Most people are thrilled to share their favourite spots in the city, and they will be flattered that you asked.
Another way to mix business and pleasure is to have your meetings near, or in, the places you want to see. Go for a walk around Central Park in New York, have lunch at the CN Tower in Toronto, or visit a trendy cafe in Montreal’s Old Port. You will be able to enjoy something new during the meeting, and it could help your meeting. The person with whom you’re meeting will be happy to get out of the office, and by sharing an experience together, psychologically, they will be predisposed to like you more.
Business Tourism Tip #4: Take Your Time
Time is always the ultimate factor. In travel, business, and in tourism, what you can do is largely dependent on the amount of time you have. The nice thing about business tourism, is that it enables you to maximize your time.
If you were planning on flying into town on the Monday, why not arrive on Saturday or Sunday? It will give you a few extra days to explore the city, and will minimize the effects of jet lag for your meetings. Take the time to enjoy the experience of a new city. It will help you avoid the rush of trying to fit everything into a short time frame. With a relaxed vibe, you will be able to better focus through your meetings. And who knows? Maybe if those meetings go well, you may be back soon!
Looking to mix a little fun with your next business trip? Corporate Stays‘ apartments are located in prime business and tourism areas in destinations around the world. Our Signature Collection apartments come with our knowledgable concierge team to help set you up. We would be thrilled to help you make the most out of your next business trip!