Are some cities better than others for hosting a business event? While it’s not absolutely essential to hold a conference at a top tourist destination, you don’t exactly want to hold it at a ghost town either.
When choosing a city, you want a place that is convenient to get to and also has plenty of activities. This way, guests can explore the area and night life after all the business stuff is out of the way. This also gives attendees a chance to mix business with pleasure.
London is always listed among travel guides as one of the top destinations for both leisure and business activity. Being a multicultural megalopolis, London has over 1,000 venues suitable for holding meetings and formal conferences.
You can check out Venue Seeker to discover some of the top venues in London and the greater area. The city, of course, is also known for some of the best pubs in the world. Having a drink at a local London pub is an entire culture in itself and one guests will likely want to experience.
In addition, London is also fairly easy to directly get to from other UK cities. Options include shuttle, bus, taxi, and ride sharing services like Uber.
Despite being one of the smallest sovereign states in the world, Singapore offers so much in the way of restaurants, fine arts events, five-star hotels, and shopping boutiques. The city can also be easily accessed via Changi Airport or the TanjongPagar MRT train station. With its amazing nightlife scene, guests will have plenty to do for hours after the event.
The city is also a frequent host for corporate events. In 2010 alone, it was host to over 130 World Congresses. The city has been consistently ranked among the top 10 cities by the International Congress and Convention Association.
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. The city also just recently scored a seven-year contract with the World of Congress of GSMA Mobile, which is one of the most sought after events in the mobile industry. The area has been dubbed the Mobile World Capital for this reason.
All the corporate stuff aside, the city is renowned for its beaches and close to 70 parks, many of which make great outdoor meeting areas for more informal gatherings. There is also the Las Arenas, a strip mall that was formerly a bullfighting arena.
Tokyo is the perfect blend of old-style culture and modern technology. Some of its skylines appear as if they’re straight out of a futuristic science fiction flick. Its numerous hotels are also catered specifically towards business travelers and are furnished with conference rooms. After the meetings and events, guests can enjoy a number of guided city tours.
If you’re fascinated by the country’s history then check out some of the top attractions within the city, such as the famed Meiji Shinto Shrine or the Senso-Ji temple that pays homage to the goddess of mercy. If you’re more interested in the nightlife, then head on over to Kabukicho, the city’s top entertainment and red-light district.
More than 113,000 events are held in Berlin every year. This is quite impressive considering that the city didn’t actively market to the convention industry until 2001. Since then, though, the city has 9.1 million people traveling to the area for business related ventures. The number is expected to soar with the recent opening of the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport.
Plenty of sight-seeing is available, which is no surprise given the city’s history. This includes the East Side Gallery that displays a section of the Berlin Wall. In addition, there is also plenty of historical museums and orchestra musical performances.
Austin is known as the music capital of the world and is known for its vibrant music scene especially in the country music genre. The city is also equally known for its Tex-Mex cuisines, comprising of a blend of authentic Mexican and American barbecue. This is definitely something to treat your guests to after finishing up the formal meetings.
Austin flourished as a technology and business center in the 1980s. Its downtown area has a number of conference centers available for day and nighttime rent. This also gives you immediate walking access to the numerous eateries, bars, and clubs that make up the nightlife scene.
The City of Lights has so much to offer for business travelers. The most obvious, of course, is the chance to see the Eiffel Tower. The city is frequently noted for its romantic vibe and exquisite charm. Being that Paris is also renowned for its wine, you can serve drinks to your guests as they take their seats in anticipation of your conference.
After the meeting, treat the attendees to some sightseeing. Notable points of attraction include the Louvre, the Notre Dame de Paris, the aforementioned Eiffel Tower, and a number of couture boutiques for those that prefer shopping.
A business event is more than just about covering industry-related agendas. It’s also about providing your guests with an awe-inspiring experience that will without a doubt help build rapport and solidify relations.
Dan McCarthy has worked in the event management industry for five years and is currently an event manager for the UK-based companyVenueseeker. His portfolio includes many successful event planning projects for companies across various niches. He is currently a regular contributor for his company’s blog site. Follow him on Twitter at @DanCarthy2.