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Business Travel View - Buenos Aires

by Walter 24. February 2010 08:00
The Argentinean city of Buenos Aires is located on the west bank of the Río de la Plata. The Rio de la Plata is an estuary of the Parana and Uruguay rivers which forms a muddy fertile basin and the border between Argentina and Uruguay. Buenos Aires which is the capital of Argentina is also its largest port. In fact the residents of Buenos Aires are commonly referred to as ‘portenos’ which translates from Spanish as ‘people from the port.’

Buenos Aires not only has the distinction of being the largest port in Argentina but it is the largest port i1n all of South America. As a result of its large size, it handles much of the container traffic for South America. Buenos Aires which is colloquially called ‘Bue’ is in fact the financial, industrial, commercial, and cultural hub of Argentina and one of the most prominent cities in South America.

Buenos Aires which was occupied by Spanish colonists in the 16th century and which subsequently followed an open door policy for European immigrants in the 19th Century is a city which bears the distinct stamp of European style. This European influence is widely seen in real estate make up of the city which is characterized by wide boulevards, imposing architecture, restaurants and sidewalk cafes. So widespread is this European influence that Buenos Aires is sometimes referred to as ‘the Paris of the South’. This port is home to approximately three million people who live in 50 districts called Barrios and the city of Buenos Aires along with the wider metropolitan area of Greater Buenos Aries forms a teeming megapolis which is visited frequently by both business and leisure travelers all year round.

Aside from its physical beauty, Buenos Aires is also known for its preeminent position in the Argentine economy. The city is home to several thriving industries like oil refining, textile production, metal works, chemicals and automobile manufacturing though it also has a strong services sector wherein advertising, financial services and the hospitality industry play a prominent role. Agriculture and cattle farming are extremely important sectors in the Argentinean economy and accordingly Buenos Aires has a thriving food production and processing industry which processes and exports the dairy, meat, grain, tobacco, wool, leather products and fine Malbec wines which are produced in various parts of Argentina . Much of this hectic business activity is conducted in a central area of Buenos Aires which is known as the Microcentro.

Aside from its economic and commercial significance, Buenos Aires also enjoys a reputation as a global center for the arts and culture. Buenos Aires is in fact renowned the world over as the birth place of the dance form known as ‘the Tango’ and the city has several schools where visitors can study this energetic but graceful dance form. Additionally the city is also known for its many landmarks like its world famous zoo, its botanic gardens and fantastic museums like the Museo Nacional De Belles Artes, the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires/Colleccion Constantini( MALBA) amongst others.

Further the city also hosts several prominent cultural events and fairs like the huge annual contemporary art fair called ArteBA and the Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires, or International Book Fair which is the largest book fair in Latin America. Both these world famous events attract hordes of business as well as leisure travelers to this vibrant port city. These travelers usually arrive in the city by flying into its Ezeiza International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini ) which is located in Retiro in Gran Buenos Aries and which can be accessed via a half an hour drive from downtown Buenos Aires on the Ricchieri Highway.

To cater to the needs of these numerous year round business and leisure travelers, Buenos Aires is equipped with over 300 hotels many of which are located in the city’s stylish, upscale, ‘old money’ district called Recoleta which is famous for its magnificent cemetery La Recoleta Cemetery. This cemetery contains the remains of the rich and famous of Buenos Aires, including the remains of the celebrated Eva Peron, an actress and the politician wife of former Argentinean President Juan Peron. Located within the Recoleta district, are hotels like the Alvaer Palace Hotel, reputed to be the most luxurious hotel in South America which is reeks of opulence with its carved marble balustrades and French furniture, The Four Seasons Bsuenos Aires and the Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt which are favored by business travelers to Buenos Aires.

If your company is in the process of exploring business opportunities or is already conducting business in South America, there a good chance you or your colleagues will be visiting Buenos Aires often. Business class fares to cities in South America tend to be more expensive than fares to other global destinations and your company would do well then to avail of the cost efficient and reasonable services of the New York City based travel solutions company, Fare Buzz which specializes in business class travel packages to world-wide destinations.

Fare Buzz enjoys an exclusive relationship with over 60 domestic and international airlines and through this special relationship; it can procure much needed business class tickets which are an essential requirement for business travel at substantial discounts. It is worth mentioning that these cheap business class tickets come with all the perks that are normally associated with regular business class fares like mileage accrual and pre-assigned seats. Booking business travel through Farebuzz.com has been known to provide savings of over 70% as compared to tickets booked through regular channels.

Moreover the travel desk at Fare Buzz unlike impersonal web based travel services offers personalized service manned as it is by knowledgeable and experienced ‘live’ travel consultants who are on hand seven days a week to help you find the best business class fares and hotel deals for your complete business travel package. So next time you need to head out on business to ‘Bue’, Be sure to give Fare Buzz a call at 1-800-847-1963 to avail of the many attractive fares and deals that it has to offer. 

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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 - Beijing

by Walter 10. February 2010 04:40
The Chinese capital city of Beijing became the cynosure of the world’s eyes when in 2008; it successfully hosted the summer Olympic Games. The games which were broadcast live attracted the largest global television audience ever and revealed that the city of Beijing which is considered to be one of the four great ancient capitals of China and its political, educational and cultural center is a lively, thriving metropolis which is home to nearly 17 million people. Over the past two decades as China has come to the forefront of the world’s economic landscape the city of Beijing has welcomed hordes of business travelers from around the world who now travel to Chinese capital on a regular basis to enhance mutually advantageous trade links.

Beijing which is the second largest city in China plays host to a number of industries among which finance, automobiles, real estate, pharmaceuticals, information technology, electronics and pharmaceuticals are the most prominent. The city’s Guomao area is largely considered to be its main business epicenter or Central Business District while Jingrong Jie, or the Financial Street is the Beijing equivalent of Wall Street which does not host a stock exchange but has close to a thousand financial institutions within its boundaries like the People's Bank of China, The People's Insurance Company of China, Commercial and Industrial Bank of China, China Securities Regulatory Commission and China Banking Regulatory Commission. Further this street also hosts many foreign the Chinese outposts of several financial organizations such as UBS, the Royal Bank of Canada and Goldman Sachs among others. Aside from these two main districts, economic activity in Beijing is also concentrated in areas such as Wanfujing and Xidan which are filled with markets and shopping centers and Zhonggauancun which is located in the Haidan District and is known as China s Silicon Valley as it is home to several exciting home-grown startups and entrepreneurships.

The city of Shanghai is usually perceived to be the main economic powerhouse in China but Beijing does not lag far behind as the city plays host to approximately 26 home grown Fortune Global 500 companies like China Mobile, Sinopec, Bank of China along with the regional headquarters of many foreign companies like Google, Volkswagen, General Motors, IBM, Ford Motor Company, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia and others. Beijing’s dynamic position in the Chinese economy has established it as an extremely popular destination for both business and leisure tourists who flock to its shores all year round regardless of its notorious poor air quality which is the past was characterized by much smog. The city s environmental protection bureau has in fact in recent times made determined efforts to control and reduce this smog and at the end of 2009, it was estimated that Beijing s civic authorities had achieved their target of ensuring 260 blue sky days in the Chinese capital.

The Olympics  apart from being a great sporting spectacle also provided a great impetus for Beijing s authorities to develop and improve the existing infrastructure in the city. For instance the majority of international flights that serve Beijing arrive and depart at the Norman Foster designed Terminal 3 of the Beijing Capital International Airport which was built over a period of four years prior to the Olympics.

Aside from it international airport, Beijing is also well served by an efficient public transport system which is made up of trains, subways, taxis and public buses. To cater to the needs of its many business and leisure travelers the city is also equipped with many glittering, opulent hotels which are largely concentrated within its Central Business District which in addition to offices and hotels is also home to foreign embassies, high-rise luxury condo buildings and restaurants and bars. Some of the popular hotels located here include the Raffles Beijing Hotel, the St Regis, The Grand Hyatt and the Peninsula though other hotel properties like the Ritz Carlton Financial Street and the Intercontinental Financial Street are immensely popular with the bankers and financiers who regularly head to Beijing on business.

Despite its rather intense and serious reputation, Beijing offers also a plethora of recreation opportunities for visitors for its landscape is dotted with numerous palaces, temples, museums, squares and gates like the Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square all of which offer countless sight-seeing opportunities . Additionally Beijing is also equipped with fantastic restaurants, bars and clubs like Beijing Dadong Kaoya Dian, Huangcheng Lao Ma, The World of Suzy Wong, White Rabbit, and China Bar which provide the business traveler with ample opportunities to relax and rejuvenate after a long hard day of business dealings.

If your company like several other US companies already has a presence in China or if your company would like to make inroads into the fast growing Chinese domestic market, you or your colleagues will need to make frequent business trips to the Chinese capital city. The journey to Beijing from the US is usually an arduous affair which involves a long haul flight with or without connections and the only way to tackle such a long journey is to travel in the business class cabin of your preferred carrier. However business class tickets to Beijing from the US can cost anywhere upwards of $6000 for a nonstop passage and more than $3000 for a multiple stop journey and a few of these flights coupled with expensive hotel stays can easily exhaust your company s annual travel budget quite rapidly. In order to make your trip hassle free and business effective you may then want to consider using the efficient, cost-effective services of the New York 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 procure cheap business class air fares to almost all worldwide destinations. Booking business class travel through Fare Buzz provides savings of over 70% as compared to tickets booked through 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 journey to this ancient capital of China. Do call Fare Buzz at 1-800-847-1963 for the absolutely best business travel deal 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 - 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 - Singapore

by Walter 2. December 2009 11:37

The tiny city state of Singapore is one of the world’s most dynamic economichubs. Founded as a British trading colony and naval base in the early 1800s, thisonce sleepy fishing village is now included in the list of the most prosperous countriesin the world. Singapore which today is home to one of the busiest ports in the worldis now a thoroughly modern city whose constantly changing skyline is dotted withtowering skyscrapers. This island nation is equipped with a natural harbor whichis also its most important natural resource as it enables Singapore to functionas a successful trading post. In fact the importance of international trade to theSingapore economy cannot be overstated as the total value of Singapore’s tradeis almost three times its GDP.

Singapore is a vibrant multicultural society which is populated by native Chinese,Malay and Indian populations. This energetic city state’s economy is largelypowered by the services sector as is possesses little or no natural resources. Sincethe late 1970’s the Singaporean government however has followed an aggressivepolicy of promoting export oriented and service industries with a view to establishingSingapore as a prominent economic powerhouse in the South East Asian region. Thispolicy has now been expanded to include the development and growth of biomedicaland pharmaceutical industries as well. The main industries that characterize theSingaporean economy include trading, shipbuilding and repairing, oil refining anddistribution, electronics and information technology, banking and finance and tourism.Singapore annually receives more than 10 million foreign tourists who head to thisbustling city to avail of its various shopping, sightseeing and dining opportunities.

This 268 square-mile island city-state which is located at the tip of peninsularMalaysia is also home to the regional headquarters of various global finance companies,banks and multi-national corporations like SAP Singapore, Google South East Asiaand Oracle Asia Pacific which employ a large number of expat workers. In fact Singaporeis considered to be one of the easiest places for a foreign company to incorporateand grow its business as the Singaporean government has always encouraged the developmentand growth of international business relationships and to fulfill this goal it hasactively courted foreign talent down the ages. Aside from all this hectic businessactivity, Singapore is also considered to be a choice destination for meetings,incentive travel and conferences and events(MICE) as it is equipped with world classconvention and conference facilities in the form of the Suntec International Conventionand Exhibition Center and the gargantuan Singapore Expo.

All these various factors have contributed to Singapore being regarded as an immenselyimportant destination on the business traveler’s map. To cater to this constant,year round influx of business and leisure travelers, Singapore has equipped itselfwith a world class international airport and an excellent public transport system.Singapore’s Changi airport which is located at distance of 12 miles from itsCentral Business District, has consistently been rated as one of the premier airportsof the world as it plays host to almost all the major airlines of the world. Similarly,the city state’s homegrown airline, Singapore Airlines which connects the island nation to numerous destinationsaround the globe ranks highly with all types of travelers.

Singapore is also well equipped with a wide variety of hotels which cater to all kinds of budgets, however businesstravelers to Singapore especially enjoy the accommodation options offered by themany Singapore based business-centric hotels like the Pan Pacific, Raffles the plaza,the Four Seasons Singapore, the Fullerton and the Ritz Carlton Millennia. The citystate is also renowned as a food lover’s paradise which renowned for its traditionalhawker centers that offer a smorgasbord of local and regional eats as well as numeroushigh end restaurants like Indo Chine, Au Jardin Les Amis, Iggys, Graze, Club Chinoisand One Rochester all of which offer countless opportunities for corporate diningand entertaining.

Travel to Singapore from the US usually involves a long haul flight and if yourcompany’s business necessitates frequent trips to this dynamic and exuberantcity state then you might want to consider using the efficient and cost effectiveservices of the New York based travel management company, Fare Buzz. Business class tickets from the US to Singaporeare very expensive as they are usually priced over $6000 but you can manage to procurethese business class tickets at deeply discounted prices by partnering with FareBuzz which is a leading supplier of cheap business class airfares.

Through its contracts with over sixty domestic and international airlines, FareBuzz is able to procure cheap businessclass flights to nearly every destination in the world. It is worth mentioningthat these cheapbusiness class tickets come with all the perks that are normally associatedwith 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 sevendays of the week is made up of knowledgeable and experienced personnel who are dedicatedto finding the most cost effective business class travel packages for their clients as in addition to airlines, Fare Buzz also has an exclusiverelationship with over 10,000 hotel properties located all over the world. So beforeyou embark on your next oriental odyssey, be sure to call Fare Buzz at 1-800-847-1963 to score the ‘best’ business travel deal for your trip to Singapore.

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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 - Johannesburg

by Walter 4. November 2009 12:04
The city of Johannesburg which is popularly known as ‘Joburg’ or ‘Jozi’ or ‘eGoli’(the city of gold) is the largest city of the Republic of South Africa and its commercial and financial capital. Johannesburg which was established on the largest gold reserves in the world is located in one of the wealthiest provinces in South Africa, the Gauteng province. The city over the years has evolved into an important center for business from its humble beginning as a gold mining boomtown though the gold and diamond mining industry continues to be of utmost importance in this city which is often referred to ‘the economic motor’ of the South African Economy.

There is an enormous concentration on business in Johannesburg and the city is also home to The Johannesburg Stock Exchange which was founded in 1887. The JSE is the 16th largest stock exchange in the world in terms of market capitalization and it functions as the centre of the capital markets for the whole of southern Africa. Further Johannesburg produces one fifth of South Africa’s gross domestic product and it hosts nearly 74 percent of national corporate headquarters in its various business districts as well as numerous mining and big banking and investment companies. Several international concerns in the fields of finance, telecommunications and media like Barclays, Telekom, Vodacom, MTN, IBM , PQ Holdings and Dimension Date also have a presence in Johannesburg which is considered to be extremely conducive for business as it is well equipped with some of the world’s most sophisticated banking and IT systems .

Tourism is yet another important industry in Johannesburg as the city is largely considered to be the gateway to the famous game parks of South Africa. Johannesburg is a lively metropolis which offers a wide spectrum of cultures that display European and African influences and the city is well served by its modern O. R. Tambo International Airport which receives almost all the major airlines of the world.

Some of the most popular business hotels located within northern residential neighbor hoods include the famous old-world establishment, The Westcliff which is located atop a hill in one of Johannesburg’s most exclusive neighborhoods, the Johannesburg Park Hyatt which is located in Rosebank and the Melrose Arch Hotel, the Michelangelo and the Peech Hotel all of which are located in Sandton, the suburban-style business district which is situated north of downtown Johannesburg.

Apart from these fine hotels, the global city of Johannesburg also offers many fine dining and trendy restaurants like Sides at the Ten Bompas Hotel, Moyo at the Melrose Arch Hotel, as well as several stand alone establishments like Pomegranate in Melville and Bite, Addictions and Café Flo all of which are located in the neighborhood of Greenside. These restaurants offer the business traveler the chance to unwind and relax after a long work day.

Additionally Johannesburg also offers a wealth of cultural attractions for those travelers who learn about the history of the city. Some of Johannesburg’s most popular sites include the Gold Reef City which catalogues the city’s evolution from a gold mining boom town, the Apartheid Museum and the historic suburb of Soweto and The Cradle of Humankind which is fascinating site that is located on the outskirts of Johannesburg that traces the origin of human kind through its large collection of hominid fossils.

For someone who is based in the US, a Business trip to Johannesburg may seem like a journey to the end of the earth for the flight time from the east coast of the USA to this South African city easily extends over twenty hours. If you or your colleagues need to travel to Johannesburg for business routinely 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 Johannesburg though business class tickets to South Africa from the US cost a pretty penny as they are often priced over $5000.

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 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 don't wait any longer, pick up the phone and call Fare Buzz at 1-800-847-1963 to score the ‘best’ business travel deal for your business trip to the ‘dark continent’ today.

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