Travelling abroad for business this summer? Business travel can be daunting when you face airports full of people heading off on summer vacation. However, there are some perks, especially if you have a chance to experience what the city has to offer outside of your working hours.There are some fantastic tips on surviving business travel in the summer. Below we have highlighted some of the best summer business travel destinations across the globe:
1. New York City, New York, United States
New York City conjures up images of Wall Street, skyscrapers, yellow taxi cabs, Times Square and the shows on Broadway. New York is a great summer business travel destination for many reasons. New York City is easily accessible with 2 major airports (LaGuardia and JFK), almost all business offices are set up for the summer heat and even the subway is air conditioned. In addition, there is always something happening in New York City, from a summer business convention to the opening of a new play on Broadway.
Top Tips: Try to book a boutique hotel that caters to business travellers to get a real feel for the city, and don’t miss the opportunity to make some time to see the Yankees play on a summer evening.
2. Paris, France
The 2013 Economist Intelligence Unit Survey of global cities ranked Paris 7th in the world for competitiveness, and as one of Europe’s great capitals it has everything a well-heeled business traveller could wish for. Easily accessible via 2 airports Charles de Gaulle and Orly, it is also easily reached by high speed train from many European cities. The metro is easy to use and reaches all of the business destinations in the capital. Paris slows down in the summer months as many Parisians leave the capital, so it is a great time to take in all of the culture you could wish for, museums, architectural wonders, music and art abound.
Top Tips: Stay at the uber-cool Murano Urban Resort, with its happening bar/restaurant and high tech rooms that open with your fingerprints, this is the perfect hotel to unwind after a busy day travelling and working.
Relax in the sun on the Seine with Paris’s very own pop up beach La Plage Du Batofar.
3. Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a destination worth travelling to anytime of the year for business. The summer months are warmer and more humid than the winter months (but the humidity no worse than New York City in the summer). Listed by Forbes as the 3rd best country for business in the world, Hong Kong is an easy place to visit and do business (everyone speaks English) but also an exotic place. Hong Kong has it all, from magnificent sky-scraper hotels with views of the city skyline and the mountains beyond, to the incredibly cheap and efficient transportation system. Hong Kong also boasts amazing restaurants and some of the best cheaper eateries in the world.
Top Tips: Take advantage of the Downtown flight check-in, where at two central subway stations you can print out your boarding pass and check your bags before heading to the airport.
Take a break and visit Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island, with breath-taking views of the city (thepeak.com.hk.).
4. San Francisco, California, United States
A great summer business travel destination, San Francisco has the added benefit of being quite compact and therefore easy to navigate, with most of the business being done Downtown and on Union Square, as well as of course Oakland, Berkeley and Silicon Valley. The city is easily accessible by cable car, which is also a great way to take in the many sites on offer. Most of the bigger business conventions are in September and October which means the main business areas are slightly quieter in the summer, although there are plenty of other tourists so don’t expect the city to be empty!
Top Tips: Try out some of San Francisco’s finest cuisine from a truck! San Francisco has been at the forefront of the food truck revolution, and boasts some of the best food in the US.
Make time for a trip out to Napa Valley to sample some incredible wines and visit some outstanding wineries.
5. London, United Kingdom
London is a wonderful place to travel for business this summer. The city is easily accessed from the airport Heathrow, and getting around London is easy by tube (purchase an Oyster card for cheaper more efficient travel) as well as taxis, buses and river taxis. The weather in London is never guaranteed, however you are more likely to experience nice, sunny weather in the summer months. Take a break from working and take in the sights of London from the bustling Southbank with a variety of exhibitions and art installations, to the nearby London Eye. One of the best things about London in the summer is the various festivals on offer from music, to food, to theatre.
Top tips: Stay at the newly opened Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano the Shard opened in February 2013 and offers amazing views of the capital and a huge choice of high-end bars and restaurants.
Get your cultural fill by going to one of the many festivals on offer in London during the summer months.