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Business Travel View - Cape Town

by Anjeeta 17. February 2010 08:00
The scenic city of Cape Town is the largest city in terms of land area in South Africa. This flower and garden filled city which is situated in the shadow of the natural wonder of Table Mountain is one of the most heavily tourist trafficked city of the Western Cape which is affixed to the tip of Africa and surrounded by two oceans namely the Indian Ocean which lies to the south and the Atlantic Ocean which lies to the west.

At the heart of the Western Cape is the gorgeous city of Cape Town, whose stunning natural harbor was originally established by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for Dutch ships on their way en route to India and the Far East. This harbor continues to play an important role in the economy of Cape Town until today as shipping along with tourism and information technology are the most prominent industries in this multicultural city which is inhabited by the descendants of the of its original Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers who all lay down roots in this city through the ages. The influence of these various waves of settlement can also be witnessed in the real estate landscape of the inner city of Cape Town which features a diverse mix of architectural styles in the form of modern high-rise office towers, quaint cobble stoned streets and Edwardian and Victorian buildings.

Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa as it is here that the South African National Parliament meets and where many government offices are located. Aside from being the center of administration, though the city is also considered to be a major economic hub of South Africa as Cape Town is an important manufacturing hub of the Western Cape Province and it is also home to the region’s main port and airport. Economic activity in Cape Town is distributed amongst its four main commercial hubs namely the Cape Town Central Business district, Century City, the Bellvile/TygerValley and Claremont. Located within these hubs are the regional headquarters of various South African companies like Standard Bank, ABSA financial services, Investec Meyer and Ferreira Furniture, Giant Killers Advertising/ Loyiso Media Entertainment as well as outposts of various foreign companies like LG, Rentokil Initial, and Exxon Mobil amongst others.

Due to its immense popularity on the tourism circuit, Cape Town has in recent years also become an important destination for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE). To promote itself as a favored MICE destination the city inaugurated its state of the art Cape Town International Convention Center in June 2003. This center is currently being expanded in order to enhance its exhibiting capacity and other services like accommodation and office space. The Cape Town International Convention Center is conveniently located within close proximity to Cape Town’s breath-taking Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and the city center. In fact not only the Cape Town International Convention Center but all of Cape Town is at present is witnessing a massive construction and renovations boom as the city along with the South African capital city of Johannesburg is getting ready to host nine matches of FIFA 2010, the eagerly anticipated world cup soccer event which is scheduled to be held during the months of June- July 2010.

This event is no doubt going to bring thousands of soccer fans to Cape Town shores and in order to serve these fans better; the city is also upgrading its Cape Town International Airport which hosts airlines from all over the world and is the main gateway to Cape Town and the rest of the Western Cape Province.

As a prominent epicenter of commerce and the tourist trade in South Africa, Cape Town is also well equipped with a large range of accommodation options which include a wide variety of hotels which are kitted out with wide array of business necessary amenities. Some of the favored business hotels in Cape Town include the waterfront facing Cape Grace, the historic boutique hotel Ellerman House, The Mount Nelson Hotel which is located at the foot of Table Mountain and the Radisson Hotel Waterfront. Additionally most business travelers who travel to Cape Town on work also make it a point to take in the city’s many wondrous sights like Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which are situated on the eastern slope of Table Mountain and the Winelands of the Cape which are home to some of South Africa’s most famous vineyards.

For someone who is based in the US, a trip to Cape Town may appear to be extremely daunting for the journey usually involves an extremely long haul flight which approximately extends over twenty hours with perhaps one or two layovers. If you or your colleagues need to travel to Cape Town for work regularly then the only way you can hope to arrive at your destination in meeting-ready shape is to travel in the business class cabin of an airline that flies to Cape Town from the US. However business class tickets to South Africa from the US are quite prohibitive as they are often priced over $7000.

However your company can easily manage to procure cheap business class travel deals by partnering with a travel solutions company like the New York City based, Fare Buzz which has made providing cheap business class airfares the core of its business. Through its contracts with over sixty domestic and international airlines Fare Buzz is able to procure cheap business class flights to nearly every destination in the world. It is worth mentioning that these cheap business class tickets come with all the perks that are normally associated with regular business class tickets like mileage accrual and pre-assigned seats. Further the customer service team at Fare Buzz which on hand all seven days of the week is made up of knowledgeable and experienced personnel who are dedicated to finding the most cost effective business class travel packages for their clients. So if you are headed to the stunning city of the Western Cape on business or you want to take parts in excitement of FIFA 2010 do make it a point to call Fare Buzz at 1-800-847-1963 to score the ‘very best’ deal for your trip today.

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Business Travel View - Kuala Lumpur

by Anjeeta 5. February 2010 05:33
The city of Kuala Lumpur which is the capital of the South East Asian country of Malaysia is an animated blend of the old and the new. Kuala Lumpur or KL as it is popularly known as is usually the point of entry for any visitor to the peninsula of Malaysia. This vibrant, pulsating city whose name translates as muddy confluence" or muddy estuary as it is located on the juncture of two major rivers is the largest city in Malaysia and it extends over an area of nearly 100 miles in Western Malaysia at a distance of approximately 60 miles inland from the coast. 

Kuala Lumpur is a relatively young city which was founded only in 1857 by a group of Chinese tin miners however today this once quite, sleepy jungle outpost has grown into a fast paced, alluring metropolis which today along with Singapore and Hong Kong is considered to be an important economic and business epicenter of Asia. KL which is home to a multi-ethnic population that is made up of three main major groups mainly the Chinese, Malay and Indian populations is an important destination for business travelers for it is Malaysia's premier economic and cultural hub. In fact Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding urban areas are the most industrialized and fastest growing regions in the country, which are home to a wide range of industries like finance, insurance, information technology, real estate, textiles, footwear and petroleum.

Kuala Lumpur whose landscape is dominated by tall skyscrapers, ancient Chinese shop houses and elegant colonial also hosts several important Malaysian institutions like the Bank Negara Malaysia which is the Central Bank of Malaysia and Bursa Malaysia which is the main stock exchange of the country. Additionally the city is located within close proximity to the Klang Port and the Malaysian government sponsored Multimedia Super Corridor which was created to enhance the technological advance of the country and which today includes the state of the art Kuala Lumpur International Airport( KLIA) at Sepang and the planned towns of Cyberjaya and Putrajaya. The last mentioned town is in fact the federal administrative centre of Malaysia which houses the executive and judicial branches of the federal government.

Kuala Lumpur in recent years has also emerged as a prominent center for Islamic banking for it hosts within its boundaries several important Islamic banking institutions like the world's largest Islamic bank the Al-Rajhi Bank and the Kuwait Finance House. Moreover the city also plays host to the headquarters of some of Malaysia's largest companies like the petroleum company, Petronas along with the regional headquarters for various multinational companies that have a presence in the South East Asian region.

All this hectic economic and business activity has helped Kuala Lumpur to become firmly established on the business traveler's map and in order to cater to the needs of the many business and leisure travelers that it welcomes every year, the city which is a fitting mascot for the Malaysian Tourist Board's much advertised tag line "Malaysia truly Asia", has developed an efficient public transport system that is made up of taxis, subways and buses. Moreover this public transport network also offers highly convenient direct links from the city center (the Sentral station) to the KLIA in the form of the KLIA Ekspres and the KLIA Transit trains. 

Further the city is also equipped with an extensive a network of business-friendly hotels which are largely concentrated near the city's golden triangle area of Bukit Bintang which extends over three roads namely Jalan Bukit Bitang, Jalan Imbi and Jalan Sultan Ismail. Almost all the leading hospitality brands have a presence in this golden triangle area and some of the most popular business hotels include the J.W. Marriott, The Ritz Carlton, The Imperial Sheraton Kuala Lumpur and The Westin. All these various KL business hotel properties are equipped with various amenities like free Wi-Fi service in rooms, flat screen TVs, spas, fitness centers which are generally coveted by business travelers. However aside from these hotels the city of KL is also equipped with a lively shopping, nightlife and dining scene which provides the business traveler with a chance to relax and recuperate after a long hard day of business meetings. 

Travel to Kuala Lumpur from the US usually involves a long haul flight and if your company's business necessitates frequent trips to this energetic Malaysian capital city then you might want to consider using the efficient and cost effective services of the New York based travel management company, Fare Buzz. Business class tickets from the US to Kuala Lumpur are prohibitively expensive as they are usually priced well over $7000 but you can manage to procure these business class tickets at deeply discounted prices by partnering with the travel solutions company, Fare Buzz which is a leading supplier of cheap business class airfares.

Through its contracts with over sixty domestic and international airlines, Fare Buzz is able to procure cheap business class flights to nearly every destination in the world. It is worth mentioning that these cheap business class tickets come with all the perks that are normally associated with regular business class tickets like mileage accrual and pre-assigned seats. Further the customer service team at Fare Buzz which is available on hand all seven days of the week is made up of knowledgeable and experienced personnel who are dedicated to finding the most cost effective business class travel packages for their clients for in addition to airlines, Fare Buzz also has an exclusive relationship with over 10,000 hotel properties located all over the world. So when you next need to visit the land of the Bumiputras (indigenous Malaysians) do make it a point to call Fare Buzz at 1-800-847-1963 inorder to secure the most competitive deals for your trip to KL.

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Business Travel View - Brussels

by Anjeeta 27. January 2010 09:30

The aristocratic city of Brussels is the capital of the north-western European country of Belgium. Brussels which is the largest urban area in Belgium is composed of 19 municipalities including the City of Brussels which is the constitutional capital of Belgium, the Flanders and Wallonia. Brussels is in fact a Flemish-French bilingual enclave located in the Flemish-speaking area of Belgium.

Aside from functioning as the constitutional capital of Belgium, Brussels is also often considered to be the capital of Europe as it is home to the headquarters of the European Union. As a founding member of the EU it also hosts several other EU institutions like the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the Committee of the Regions and the European parliament which is the legislative branch of the EU composed of representatives elected by the people of the member states for the duration of a five-year term.

Additionally this city which is characterized by the co-existence of French and Flemish cultures also hosts the headquarters of NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and Eurocontrol (the European organization for the safety of Air navigation) within its borders. Further this Belgian capital city is also home to the European headquarters of countless multinational corporations like Toyota, UPS, Proctor and Gamble, Monsanto, Shurgard amongst others. The presence of these various international organizations and companies has given Brussels a distinct cosmopolitan flavor as it is nowadays home to various different nationalities. In fact it is estimated that nearly 25% of Brussels inhabitants are foreigners who are employed in these diverse international institutions and companies.

All this hectic intergovernmental and economic activity has thus firmly established Brussels as an extremely important destination on the business traveler's map. According to recent records it is estimated that approximately 14 million business travelers visit Brussels every year. Moreover Brussels is also easily accessible as it is well served by its Brussels National international airport which is located approximately 11km (6 miles) to the northeast of the city and provides connections between Brussels and various destinations all over the world. Apart from these numerous air links, Brussels is also connected by the high speed trains like the Thalys and Eurostar trains which come into its Gare du Midi and connect it to various other European cities like Paris, London, Cologne, Lille, Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Marseilles, Montpellier and Grenoble.

To serve the needs of the many business travelers who visit the Belgian capital all throughout the year, the city of Brussels is equipped with many diverse hotels which can easily accommodate all kinds of budgets. Some of the popular business hotels located here include Be Manos which is a boutique hotel located near the Gare du Midi, home of the Eurostar, the Dominican which is a stylish hotel located near the Grand'Place and the Opera House and the Hotel Amigo which is also located near the Grand'Place and is housed in a beautifully restored 18th century building.

Conducting business meetings over lunch is an accepted custom in Brussels and the city which is known for its numerous gastronomic contributions like waffles, the Brussels sprout, French fries, chocolate and artisanal beers is also home to many top notch restaurants like Comme chez Soi (the city's premier French restaurant) Notos, a Greek restaurant popular with politicians and diplomats and upscale Italian eateries, Dal Padrino and Barbanera all of which are favored venues for meetings.

However apart from these restaurants, Brussels is also equipped with traditional meetings and convention centers like the Square Brussels Meeting Centre, the Concert Noble, the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium which are all equipped with Wi-Fi, giant screens and other state of the art facilities for the many conferences, European summits, exhibitions, meetings, fairs that are held in the Belgian capital every year.

If your business entails frequent trips to the Belgian capital city, your flight from the US is bound to involve a long haul trans-Atlantic journey and the only way that you can hope to avoid jet lag and the resultant travel-induced fatigue is to travel in the premier cabin of one of the many carriers that offer connections to Brussels from various US cities.

Business class tickets often cost twice as much as coach class tickets and business class tickets to Brussels from the US are no different for they can cost $3000 upwards depending on whether you choose to fly on direct or take a multi-stop connection to Brussels. However your company can easily manage to procure cheap business class travel deals by partnering with a travel management company like the New York City based, Fare Buzz which specializes in cheap business class airfares.

Through its contracts with over sixty domestic and international airlines Fare Buzz is able to procure discount business class flights to nearly every global destination. It is worth mentioning that these low business class tickets offered by Fare Buzz come with all the perks that are normally associated with regular business class tickets like mileage accrual and pre-assigned seats. Moreover Fare Buzz along with favorable business class tickets prices also offers the excellent services of its knowledgeable customer service team which is on hand all seven days of the week. So don't hesitate any longer but pick up the phone and call Fare Buzz at 1-800-847-1963 to score the best business travel deals the capital of Europe to today. 

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Business Travel View - Madrid

by Anjeeta 20. January 2010 08:20

The vivacious Spanish capital city, Madrid is located on the elevated Castilian plain in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. This culturally rich city whose landscape is dotted flamboyant fountains, baroque buildings and medieval and renaissance palaces can trace its origins back to the 9th century when it was invaded by the Iberian Moors. The Iberian Moors then continued to reign over Madrid and much of the Iberian Peninsula for several decades and evidence of this rule can be seen in the many Arabesque buildings that populate the Spanish capital city. Today however Madrid aside from functioning as the premier city of Spain, is also an important economic nerve center of Europe as it is home to some of the continent’s biggest companies like the banking conglomerate Banco Santander, the telecom giant Telefonica and Endesa, the largest utility company in Spain.

The economy of Madrid is actually quite diversified and the city hosts several myriad industries like banking and finance, petroleum refining, telecommunications, constructions and textiles. Additionally it is also a favored destination for trade fairs, conventions and forums for it has within its environs the gargantuan IFEMA Feria de Madrid Convention Center which encompasses a massive 200,000 sq. m. of exhibition space, twelve Halls and three convention and congress Centers. The Feria de Madrid which is continually being upgraded annually hosts nearly 80 trade fairs which feature the participation of nearly 42000 international and domestic companies. Moreover these trade fairs and conventions are visited by nearly 4.5 million visitors every year and this helps to keep the city of Madrid firmly entrenched on the business traveler’s map.

The business ethos in Madrid differs greatly from what it is in other European cities for business and pleasure are quite closely intertwined in the energetic Spanish capital. Madrid in fact boasts of several excellent restaurants and tapas bars which are often used as venues for the conduct of important business meetings. The main bars of the Ritz, the Palace, and the Villa Magna hotels are especially popular for such meetings though the city is also equipped with several other business travel hotel hotspots like the Hotel Hesperia Madrid and the renowned Hotel Silken Puerta America whose twelve floors have all been designed by various highly acclaimed architects like David Chipperfield, Norman Foster, Marc Newson and Zaha Hadid.

To cater to the needs of its many year round visitors Madrid is also well served by an excellent public transport system that is composed of buses, underground trains, taxis, shuttle buses as well as intercity, regional and high AVE speed trains that depart and arrive at Atocha which is Madrid’s central railway station and connect it to other Spanish cities like Seville and Barcelona. Madrid is also home to the humongous and extremely busy Madrid Barajas International Airport which is considered to be the most important airport in Spain which hosts more than hundred different carriers from all over the world.

If your business entails frequent trips to the Spanish capital city, your flight from the US will always involve a long haul trans-Atlantic journey and the only way that you can hope to arrive in meeting ready shape is to travel in the premier cabin of one of the many carriers that offer connections to Madrid from various US cities.

Business class tickets are known to be expensive and business class tickets to Madrid are no different as they can cost $3000 upwards depending on whether you choose to fly on a carrier that offers a nonstop or multi-stop connection to Madrid. However your company can easily manage to procure cheap business class travel deals by partnering with a travel solutions company like the New York City based, Fare Buzz which specializes in cheap business class airfares.

Through its negotiated contracts with over sixty major airlines, Fare Buzz is able to procure cheap business class flights to nearly every destination in the world. It is worth mentioning that these discount business class tickets come with all the perks that are normally associated with regular business class tickets like mileage accrual and pre-assigned seats. Further the customer service team at Fare Buzz which on hand all seven days of the week is made up of knowledgeable and experienced personnel who are dedicated to finding the most cost effective business class travel packages for their clients. So don't wait any longer, pick up the phone and call Fare Buzz at 1-800-847-1963 to score the best business travel deals to Madrid today. 

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Business Travel View - Melbourne

by Anjeeta 13. January 2010 08:27
  Melbourne, a city which is located on the northern bank of the Yarra River is Australia’s second largest city. It is also the capital of the state of Victoria and is an important financial and commercial hub which is home to Australia’s largest seaport. The city of Melbourne was founded by European settlers in 1835 though it was officially declared as a city by Queen Victoria in 1847. Melbourne gained much importance during the 1850’s Victorian gold rush when gold was discovered in the nearby cities of Beechworth, Ballarat and Bendigos. As a result of this gold rush, Melbourne became a boomtown which attracted gold seekers from all over the country as well as overseas. Such was the importance of the city of Melbourne in the years that followed the gold rush that it went on to serve as the capital of the newly created nation of Australia from 1901 to 1927.

Today Melbourne whose Central Business District is dotted with several magnificent 19th century buildings continues to enjoy a prominent position in the Australian economy. The city hosts the headquarters of many of Australia’s leading banks like the National Australia Bank and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group as well as the corporate headquarters of several large Australian companies like the mining giant, Rio Tinto and the telecommunications major Telstra along with the headquarters of several international companies. Further Melbourne is also home to Australia’s first stock exchange, which was established here in 1861 and which today exists in the form of the Australian Securities Exchange, formed from the amalgamation of the Australian Stock Exchange and the Sydney Futures Exchange in 2006.

Aside from being a financial center, Melbourne is also home to several manufacturing and services industries like the Australian automobile industry though it is also an important hub for multimedia ventures and IT services. Additionally this energetic city is also a favored venue for domestic and international conferences as it is equipped with the state of the art Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center which is located along the Yarra River in the Docklands area of the city. The Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center has in fact recently added the 5000 capacity Plenary Hall to enhance its many myriad conference and convention facilities.

However apart from its business and commercial side, the vibrant city of Melbourne is also renowned the world over as a center for the arts, education, entertainment and sport. The sport of cricket is big business in Melbourne which is home to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) or the nursery of Australian cricket. Along with cricketing events, Melbourne also plays host to several popular international and domestic sporting events like the Australian Open Tennis Tournament, the Formula One Grand Prix and the Australian Rules Football Grand Final. Furthermore Melbourne is also home to the Australian film, music and television industries and it is a city that is visited by hordes of business and leisure tourists each year.

To cater to the needs of these visitors the city of Melbourne is well equipped with an international airport which welcomes a wide array of domestic and international carriers which connect the city to various parts of the globe. The Melbourne Airport is located at distance of 24 kilometers (15 miles) from the city center and is easily accessible via a 25 minute taxi ride from the city. Melbourne in fact has an excellent public transport system that is made up of trams, buses and trains which renders commuting in and around the city extremely easy. Melbourne also has more than 9000 city center hotels that range from five star properties to well known value brands. Moreover most of these Melbourne hotels are located within walking distance of the city’s many arts’, restaurant and nightlife attractions.

If you need to travel to Melbourne on business, your journey from the US will almost always involve a long haul flight with one or two stops on the way and the only way you can hope to cope with the resultant jet lag and the fatigue is by traveling in the premier cabin of your preferred carrier. Business class fares from the US to Australia are usually prohibitive as they can cost anywhere upwards of $10000 and if you or your colleagues need to travel to Melbourne frequently on business these costs can quite easily decimate your annual travel spend.

However you can easily manage to procure cheap business class deals for all your business class travel to Melbourne by availing of the cost effective services of a business class travel specialist like the New York City based travel management company Fare Buzz. Fare Buzz is a leading supplier of cheap business class flights. Through its contracts with over sixty domestic and international airlines it is able to obtain discount business class air fares to almost every global destination. Satisfied clients aver that booking their business class travel through Fare Buzz provides them with savings of over 70% compared to similar travel booked through regular channels.

Additionally the travel desk at Fare Buzz is manned by knowledgeable and experienced personnel who are on hand seven days a week to help you with all the travel planning necessary for your journey to this Aussie ‘capital of business and culture’. Do call Fare Buzz at 1-800-847-1963 to secure the ‘best’ deals for all your business travel today.

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Business Travel View 2010

by Anjeeta 6. January 2010 10:41

As the year 2009 draws to close and various global economies slowly emerge from the recession, business travel is expected to pick up somewhat in 2010 as the pent up demand for meetings and face to face contact which was severely curbed during the previous year is unleashed. Business travel which had grown at a blistering pace since 1998 slowed down significantly during the last two years as most companies tried to grapple with the global recessionary trends which resulted in a fundamental change in how they managed their travel budgets so as that they shifted their focus to getting more trips out of the same travel budget and also learned to effectively measure the return on investment in business connections.

 

Data released by The International Air Transport Association in September 2009 indicates that worldwide premium cabin traffic has declined over the previous year by nearly 14%. Companies in the U.S. and around the world, during the peak of recession had resorted to various measures to reduce business class usage from lengthening the amount of flying time required before allowing an employee to fly business class to restricting access to business class cabins for only high-ranking executives and even dropping business class travel on certain domestic routes. However not one company had eliminated the often considered essential and necessary business class travel completely instead they had attempted to adjust their business class policy to stretch their travel dollars further.

 

A recent survey estimates that business travel growth for the world’s largest business travel market, the U.S. which is still dealing with 10% unemployment will be up by one percent in 2010.   Moreover airline route and capacity reductions which were carried out in 2009 to meet depressed demand levels will actually push prices of business class air fares up in 2010 as the economy recovers and the demand for business travel gradually inches up. Studies further indicate that air fares will increase by up to 5 percent globally for economy class while business class long-haul fares are expected to increase by 1 percent to 6 percent. Similarly in North America, ticket prices are expected to rise between 2 percent and 7 percent for economy class travel and by 1 percent to 6 percent for travel in  business class.

                                                            

The depressed demand levels during the recession of 2009 had resulted in lower prices throughout the business travel industry most notably in the hotel sector which unlike the airline sector could not reduce capacity in response to lower demand levels. These low hotel rates are expected to continue all throughout 2010 as various hotel properties fight to gain back the meetings, conventions and incentive travel business that they lost during the recession. Analysts predict room rates will fall by 1% to 6% in North American hotels while upscale properties are expected to offer deeper price cuts as they try to win back  both  corporate and leisure travelers. Car rentals rates however are expected to rise slightly due to rise in prices resulting from the decrease in capacity in 2009 and the resultant rise in cost of replacing old fleets.

 

These business travel forecasts for the year 2010 seem to emphasize the fact that managing business travel is a complex affair which requires companies to fully understand the rapidly changing dynamics of the industry and supply base and respond to its trends accordingly. This calls for the use of a preferred travel management company which can help to effectively control  not only travel costs  but to also negotiate the best business travel deals with suppliers for a company looking to maximize its return from its business travel investment.

 

The New York City based travel management company, Fare Buzz is one such company which constantly has a finger on the pulse of the business travel industry and can easily offer ‘best buy’ strategies for its clients due to the exclusive relationship that is has with several domestic and international airlines as well as more than 100,000 worldwide hotel properties. Clients aver that by partnering with Fare Buzz they have managed to achieve savings of nearly 70%   as compared to booking with regular channels.

 

Fare Buzz is a leading supplier of cheap business class flights and through its contracts with over sixty domestic and international airlines it is able to procure cheap business class air fares to nearly every global destination. It is worth mentioning that these cheap business class tickets come with all the perks that are normally associated with regular business class tickets like mileage accrual and pre-assigned seats. Moreover even if business class fares rise in 2010 as predicted, you need not worry about curtailing or reducing those essential ‘good for business’ business travel trips for if you decide to partner with Fare Buzz, you are guaranteed to receive the most competitive business class fares for all your business travel needs.  So rather than reworking your business class policy why don't you call the Fare Buzz business travel hotline at 1-800-847-1963 and discover for yourself the many amazing business travel deals that it has to offer?.

 

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Business Travel View - Zurich

by Anjeeta 9. December 2009 06:33

Zurich which is the largest city in Switzerland is nestled in a valley located at the end of the crystal clear Zurich Lake. This city which was founded by the Romans as a customs post was transformed into an important trade and business center during the 19th century when the Zurich Stock Exchange was established here in 1877. Zurich which is populated by nearly 370,000 people is an extremely wealthy European city that is often named in surveys as the city which offers the best quality of life in the world.

Zurich has long functioned as an important financial center in the world as it is home to the headquarters of several Swiss financial companies and institutions like Credit Suisse, UBS, Zurich Financial Services and the Swiss Stock Exchange which is also known as the SIX Swiss Exchange. In fact the city is also a favored destination for offshore banking though it also hosts the European outposts of several diverse international firms like Toyota Europe, General Motors Europe, Google, Microsoft, EBay and Degussa who have all set up offices and research centers in this once primarily banking hub of Europe. It is estimated that nearly 28% of the workforce in Zurich is made up of foreigners who are employed in these various international concerns. However the economy of Zurich is currently undergoing a rapid transformation as the city has also begun to welcome many high-tech, biotech and industrial companies who now co-exist with the private banking and asset management outfits which have long dominated the city’s economic landscape.

To cater to the needs of its big business profile, the relatively small city of Zurich is equipped with an excellent and an efficient public transport system which is made up of trams, trolley buses, cable cars and lake steamers. Zurich’s airport, the Zurich Kloten International Airport is considered by most business travelers to be one of the most travel friendly airports in Europe which can be accessed via a ten minute train ride or twenty minute taxi ride from the city’s compact city center. The Zurich airport plays host to more than 70 international carriers and is well connected by train to nearly 300 European destinations. Additionally the city is well equipped with several business-centric hotels like the recently refurbished, luxurious Dolder Grand Hotel which is perched atop the Züriberg, The Boutique Park Hyatt Hotel and the centrally located Widder Hotel which is situated in the heart of the city’s premier dining, shopping and banking hub, the Bahnhofstrasse. 

Aside from being a leading financial center, Zurich is also known to be the cultural capital of Switzerland and it thus offers many diverse entertainment options for those business travelers who wish to have some down time after a day of hectic wheeling dealing and tough negotiations. Zurich’s historic sector of Old Town which is located on the left bank of the Limmat River can easily be explored on foot. Located here are several ancient baroque guild houses that hark back to the city’s ancient past and which today host many enchanting small boutiques, antique stores, bars and cafes.

Aside from its Old Town, Zurich also has several old churches like the magnificent 'Grossmünster' and the 'Fraumünster' which are known for their stunning stained glass windows and several art galleries and museums as well as a central shopping area, the Bahnofstrasse which is considered to be one of the prettiest shopping strips in Europe populated as it is by many stylish and elegant high end stores and boutiques. For dining and entertaining, Zurich also offers myriad restaurants like Hiltl, La Salle, Kronenhalle and Parkhuus which offer a wide array of different cuisines.

Travel to Zurich from most US cities involves a long haul flight and the only way that you can hope to arrive in Zurich in meeting ready shape is to travel in the business class cabin of your preferred carrier. However business class tickets to this bastion of the wealthy tend to cost a pretty penny if they are purchased through regular channels and the only way that you can hope to economize of these hefty travel costs is by partnering with a business class ticket specialist, like the New York City based travel management company Fare Buzz.

Fare Buzz is a leading supplier of cheap business class flights. Through its contracts with over sixty domestic and international airlines Fare Buzz is able to procure cheap business class air fares to nearly every global destination.  Fare Buzz’s satisfied and growing client base claims that you can actually expect to have savings of nearly 70% when you book your company’s business class travel through Fare Buzz ahead of regular channels. It also is worth mentioning that these cheap business class tickets come with all the perks that are normally associated with regular business class tickets like mileage accrual and pre-assigned seats. Further the customer service team at Fare Buzz which is available and accessible seven days of the week is made up of knowledgeable and experienced personnel who are dedicated to finding the most cost effective business class travel packages for their clients. So the  next time  you need to travel anywhere on business be sure to call the folk at  Fare Buzz at 1-800-847-1963 to score the ‘best’ business travel deals for all your  business trips . 

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Business Travel View - Istanbul

by Anjeeta 18. November 2009 13:30

The alluring Turkish city, Istanbul which straddles two major continents, Asia and Europe boasts of a rich historical past during which it functioned as the epicenter of three important global empires namely the Roman, the Christian Byzantine and the Islamic Ottoman. Today Istanbul, which has always been a vital destination on international land and sea trade routes due to its strategic location, is the largest city and the economic heart of Turkey that generates more than half of the country’s trade and contributes approximately 23% to its Gross National Product.

Istanbul is a bustling city which is home to over 10 million people, is the industrial heart of Turkey as the city and its surrounding regions produce a whole host of products like fruit, olive oil, tobacco, cotton, textiles, oil products, rubber, metal ware, chemicals, leather goods, pharmaceuticals, glass ware, machinery, electronics, paper products, and alcoholic beverages which are both consumed domestically as well as exported through its port. It is estimated that the industrial units in and around Istanbul employ approximately 20% of all of Turkey’s industrial labor and make up 38% of Turkey's industrial workspace.

Aside from being a vibrant industrial hub, Istanbul is the important financial center of Turkey as it is home to the Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) which is the only securities market in Turkey. The ISE was originally established as the Ottoman Stock Exchange (Dersaadet Tahvilat Borsasi) in1866 and it was only reorganized into its present day form in the late 1980’s. During the years of the Ottoman empire, Bankalar Caddesi (Banks Street) in Galata which was home to the Ottoman central bank and the Ottoman Stock Exchange functioned as the main financial district of Istanbul however today the city’s business and financial matters are conducted within its two main financial sectors, namely the central business districts of Levent and Maslak which host the Istanbul Stock Exchange as well as gleaming skyscrapers that house the headquarters of all the Turkish private banks and 21% of the total bank branches in Turkey. Apart from these domestic institutions, these central business districts are also home to the outposts of several international banking organizations like Citibank, JP Morgan, ING, Banca di Roma, Deutsche Bank, and Commerzbank .

In addition to functioning as business and commerce hub, Istanbul is also a well established tourist destination. In fact tourism is one of most important and strongest industries in this city which boasts of countless cultural attractions like the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and many museums and bazaars. Tourism records indicate that Turkey and its cultural hotspot, Istanbul welcomed more than 30 million tourists in 2008 as the country’s tourism industry earned an incredible $17.5 billion in revenue during the said year. Istanbul’s position as a favored tourist hotspot has also enabled it to become a popular destination for trade fairs and conventions which are hosted at various venues all over the city like the CNR expo centre, which is the biggest Trade Fair Center of Euroasia and The Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre (ICEC) which hosts several congresses and exhibitions each year.

Accordingly, Istanbul is equipped with numerous hotels which cater both to visiting professionals as well as vacationers who arrive in this fascinating city by passing through one of its two international airports, the Ataturk or the Sabiha Gokcen or even through its seaport.

Some of the most popular hotels in Istanbul include home-grown boutique establishments like The Witt Istanbul Suites and the Sumahan Hotel and the outlets of leading hotel chains like the Çiragan Palace Kempinski which is famous for its gorgeous pool that overlooks the Bosphorus, the Ritz Carlton, The Conrad and the Four Seasons.

Apart from these hotels, which are well equipped to cater to the business traveler’s every need, Istanbul also hosts a lively dining and nightlife scene which is characterized by several top notch restaurants like 360 Istanbul which offers rooftop dining, Les Ambassedeurs which is renowned for its many exquisite fish preparations and Spice Market, which is renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Istanbul’s outpost and is located within the Istanbul W hotel. Along with these restaurants, several Istanbul nightclubs like Reina and Angelique also offer business travelers a place to unwind and relax after a long day of meetings and seminars. For those business travelers who enjoy combining work trips with pleasure, Istanbul also offers myriad sight-seeing and walking tours which include visits to the city’s many historic and cultural attractions as they also take in its unique hamams or traditional Turkish bathhouses which offer rejuvenating soaks and therapeutic massages.

If your business necessitates frequent travel to this enchanting city which is situated at the cusp of two continents, you might want to consider using the services of the New York City based travel management company, Fare Buzz for all your trips. Fare Buzz is a leading supplier of cheap business class flights. Through its contracts with over sixty domestic and international airlines Fare Buzz is able to procure cheap business class air fares to nearly every global destination. You can actually expect to have savings of nearly 70% when you book your company’s business class travel through Fare Buzz instead of regular channels. Moreover the travel desk at Fare Buzz is manned by knowledgeable and experienced personnel who are on hand seven days a week to help you with all the travel planning necessary for your trip to Istanbul. So next time you need to head off on a business trip to the city on the Bosphorus, do make sure that you give Fare Buzz a call at 1-800-847-1963 to procure the most competitive and affordable business class deal for your journey. 

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Business Travel View - Mumbai

by Anjeeta 28. October 2009 11:39
The city of Mumbai which is the capital of the western Indian state of Maharashtra is widely regarded as the financial and commercial capital of India. This city which is composed of seven islands is home to one of the world’s largest urban populations and is a bustling, busy city where ‘business is king’. In fact such is the business ethos of this city that scores of migrants from all over country pour into Mumbai everyday in search of gainful employment and a better standard of living.

Mumbai generates nearly 6.16% of India’s GDP and accounts for nearly 25% of India’s industrial output and 40% of its maritime trade as the deep natural harbor of Mumbai hosts one of the oldest and most important ports in India. Historically Mumbai’s booming economy owed much of its growth to the city’s textile industry and its sea port but now the major industries in Mumbai have diversified to include finance and banking, diamond polishing, engineering, information technology and services and healthcare. Mumbai is also home to the oldest stock exchange in the country namely the Bombay Stock Exchange whose Sensex Index is widely regarded to be the barometer of the Indian economy.

Aside from the Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai also hosts the Reserve Bank of India, the National Stock Exchange and the corporate headquarters of numerous major Indian companies like Larsen and Toubro, the Tata Group of companies, the Godrej group of companies, the Reliance Group of companies as well as the headquarters of various foreign banks and multinational companies like Standard Chartered Bank, Pfizer, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and many more. Mumbai is also the entertainment hub of India as it is renowned as the home of the Indian film Industry which is popularly referred to as ‘Bollywood’. Bollywood in fact annually produces double the amount of movies that are produced in Hollywood, home of the US film Industry though in recent times there has been much close collaboration between these two leading film industries of the world.

Mumbai is a city of extreme contrasts where the super rich live cheek by jowl with some of the poorest people on earth and a testament to this, is the area of Mumbai known as Dharavi. Dharavi is one of the largest slums in Asia which was immortalized recently in the Oscar wining movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ though apart from its filth and squalor, Dharavi is also known for its spirit of enterprise as the slum hosts nearly 15000 single room factories which are involved in producing leather goods, textiles and pottery and also recycling waste materials.

Over the last few decades as the Indian economy has liberalized and become a part of the worldwide globalization phenomenon, Mumbai has grown to be an important destination for the business traveler. The main gateway to Mumbai for most travelers is its chaotic Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport which is currently being upgraded and modernized. The city also has a well developed public transport system but the network is old and stretched to capacity and most business travelers who arrive for meetings or conferences in this teeming metropolis choose to use the city’s network of private taxis or even hotel provided pickups for their journey from the airport into the city.

Mumbai is well equipped with a wide array of business hotels which are located within close proximity to its two major business districts namely the older established enclave of Nariman Point in South Mumbai and newer business district of the Bandra Kurla complex which is located in North Mumbai, close to the airport. Depending on where you need to be based during your business trip to Mumbai you can opt to stay at hotels like the Grand Hyatt, the Intercontinental Grand, The Leela and ITC Grand all of which are located in North Mumbai or you could head to South Mumbai and stay at hotels like the Taj Palace and Tower Hotel, the Taj President or even the Trident.

If your company has a joint venture with an Indian company or if your company is looking to make a foray into the Indian market then you or your colleagues are bound to have to make business trips to Mumbai. Travel to Mumbai from the US involves a long haul journey which usually extends over 15 hours and the only way that you can arrive in Mumbai in meeting ready shape is to book a seat in the business class cabin. However business class tickets to Mumbai on nonstop flights or even one stop flights can cost anywhere upwards of $3000 and the only way for you to keep a lid on these travel costs is to partner with a business class travel specialist like the New York City based travel management company Fare Buzz.

Fare Buzz is a leading supplier of cheap business class flights. Through its contracts with over sixty domestic and international airlines Fare Buzz is able to procure cheap business class air fares to nearly every worldwide destination. You can actually expect to have savings of nearly 70% when you book your company’s business class travel through Fare Buzz instead of regular channels. Moreover these cheap business class airline tickets come with all the perks that are normally associated with regular business class tickets like mileage accrual and pre-assigned seats. So don't wait any longer and call Fare Buzz at 1-800-847-1963 to procure the most competitive and affordable business travel deal to the glitzy, glamorous but chaotic city of Mumbai today.

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Business Travel View - London

by Anjeeta 30. September 2009 10:51

The enigmatic city of London is widely regarded as one of the premier business and finance capitals of the world. So much so that in recent years London has begun to challenge New York City’s position as ‘the financial capital of the world’. The City of London is main business district in London. This area which is also known as ‘the Square Mile’ has functioned as the epicenter of financial sector in London since the 19th century. Institutions like The London Stock Exchange, the Bank of England and Lloyd’s of London Insurance along with nearly 500 banks are all located within the City of London which extends over just one square mile (1.12 mile² / 2.90 km²). However since 1991 London has also been equipped with a second business district in the form of the Canary Wharf area which is located a few miles east of the City in the Tower Hamlets area. Both these areas in London play host to a wide variety of financial and legal institutions which specialize in various spheres such as Eurobonds, the foreign exchange markets, energy futures, alternative investments and global insurance.

Apart from being a financial hotspot London, is also a major international communications center which is home to a numerous media outlets. All the major and most important media organizations in the UK have their headquarters in London. The most prominent of all these media organizations is but of course, the world renowned and well respected source for information, the British Broadcasting Corporation which is popularly referred to as simply the ‘BBC’. Apart from these media organizations, London is home to a slew of television networks, radio stations, publishing groups and advertising firms like Pearson, Reuters and the WPP Group. In addition the city also offers studio and post production facilities for the British Film Industry.

London is also home to the headquarters of some of the UK’s and Europe’s most prominent companies. Companies such as HSBC, Reuters, Barclays and the world’s largest law firm, Clifford Chance all have their global headquarters in London, a city that is well known for its extremely amenable business environment. This fact is further corroborated by a recent report which was put forth by Oxford Economics, the leading forecasting agency that estimates that London generates approximately 19% of the UK's GDP and accounts for 15% of all of the UK’s jobs. London’s unique place in the UK economy is further highlighted by the fact that Londoners’ contributed a total of £12.7 billion to UK public finances in 2005-6.

Apart from its serious business side, London is also well known for its innovative and creative character as well as the city is widely acknowledged as a leading fashion capital of the world which hosts a London Fashion Week and is the source of many global trends. As a result of all this hectic activity, the buoyant city of London is a well established destination on the business traveler’s map and it receives a regular influx of international consultants, businessmen, bankers, and oligarchs all year round.

To cater to the needs of these various business travelers, London is equipped with a well developed and extensive public transport network which is made up of iconic black cabs and red double-decker buses, and several railways and subways which operate both over and under-ground to provide connections within London and from the city to the rest of the UK and Europe. London is also equipped with five busy and bustling airports namely Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and the City airport which help to make the UK capital accessible from any corner of globe. London also offers a wide array of hotels and inns which aim to cater to every budget and include several business hotels like Claridge’s, The Courthouse Hotel Kempinski, The City Inn Westminster, the Metropolitan and the fabulously opulent Dorchester. London is often described as a leading multicultural destination which is equipped with a wide assortment of restaurants that accommodate all palates and provide business travelers with a place to unwind after a hectic day of deal-making or to continue conducting business over a delicious meal. Some of the popular business traveler’s haunts in London include restaurants like the Cinammon Club, the Savoy Grill, Wiltons, Zuma, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Hakkason amongst others.

If your company affairs or business requires you to travel ‘across the pond’ frequently to this energetic and lively capital of the United Kingdom you might want to avoid paying hideous rates for your Business Class Tickets by aligning with the New York City based travel management company, Fare Buzz.

Fare Buzz is a leading name in the sphere of Business Travel as it is a well known source for cheap business class tickets. No matter which airline you choose to fly, Fare Buzz can almost always secure the most attractive rates for your business class travel as it has exclusive contracts with more than sixty domestic and international airlines.

However Fare Buzz’s services are not just limited to airlines as the company also has an exclusive relationship with a wide network of more than 100,000 diverse hotel properties and the travel team at Fare Buzz which is staffed by experienced ‘live’ travel consultants can help tailor a complete business travel package for your upcoming business trip to ‘the Old Blighty’. So don't any waste any more time souring the web for ‘the best deal’ just get on the phone and call Fare Buzz at 1-888-808-4123 today.

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