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Business Travel View - Hong Kong

by Anjeeta 19. August 2009 11:00

The dynamic financial powerhouse that is Hong Kong is located on the southeast coastof China at the mouth of the Pear River. This Chinese administered territory whichfaces the South China Sea is made up of Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsulaand the New Territories which border the mainland.

Hong Kong is a pulsating city which is today considered to be a major financialcapital of the world was colonized by the British in 1842 after the First OpiumWar with China. Actually the territory of Hong Kong which was then made up of afew fishing villages was ceded to the British under the Treaty of Nanking whichwas signed to end the war. The British who then controlled Hong Kong for over acentury helped to transform it from a sleepy fishing village into a major centerof world trade and manufacturing with the help of cheap labor that was sourced fromthe mainland.

Over the years as the Chinese mainland opened up to foreign trade and investmentin the late 1970s, Hong Kong also began to function as an important gateway to theregion and bankers, lawyers and other professionals flocked to the city which alsobecame an important hub for the regional headquarters of many multinational companies.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule on the 1st of July 1997 and today functions asa Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. This unique arrangementallows the city's vibrant capitalist, laissez faire economy to thrive as it continuesto enjoy a high degree of autonomy and freedoms.

Moreover Hong Kong offers a stable and efficient business environment which is characterizedwith modern infrastructure and telecommunications where government controls areminimal. The city has a supercharged business environment which features constantinteraction between thousands of overseas firms and local businesses who are engagedin the business of setting up international networks, establishing new lines ofbusiness and sourcing new avenues for supplies. Further the present day economiclandscape of Hong Kong also features a vast number of mainland Chinese businessmenhave been attracted by its liberal and open business atmosphere. All this intensebusiness activity has helped make Hong Kong the 9th largest economy in the worldand an immensely important destination for the business traveler.

In addition to being a premier business destination, Hong Kong also functions asa leading venue for conferences, exhibitions and meetings as it is equipped withtwo main expo venues, namely the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre andthe Asia World Exhibitions Centre both of which play host to a number of diverseevents all year round. It is estimated that the Hong Kong Convention and ExhibitionCentre can host nearly 140,000 people a day.

To cater to the needs of the many business travelers who arrive all year long inHong Kong, the city is equipped with a wide assortment of hotels some of which likethe opulent Peninsula with its fleet of Rolls Royce's and rooftop helipad are infact legendary for their exquisite service and amenities. Other hotels in Hong Kongthat are popular with business travelers include the Mandarin Oriental which islocated in the midst of the city's Central business district, the Grand Hyatt whichis located in close proximity to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centreand the Four Seasons which is a part of the towering International Finance CenterComplex. Apart from these hotels, the city also has many restaurants, bars and leisurecenters which provide the business traveler with an opportunity to relax and rejuvenateafter a long work day which often involves intense deal making.

Getting to Hong Kong from any part of the world is also relatively easy as the cityis well served by its own homegrown, highly ranked airline Cathay Pacific whichis world renowned for its superlative business class service. Additionally the city'shigh tech Hong Kong International Airport which is located on Lantau Island servesas a major gateway to the Chinese mainland.

If your company or business like several other US based businesses, is activelyinvolved or is currently pursuing business interests in Hong Kong then perhaps thedevelopment and growth of this relationship requires frequent long haul travel toHong Kong. These long haul flights to Hong Kong from the US can be quite expensivebut you can manage to get them at substantial discounts if you consider partneringwith the New York City based travel company, Fare Buzz.

Fare Buzz is a leading supplier of cheap business class tickets as it has an exclusiverelationship with over 60 domestic and international airlines and through this specialrelationship; it can procure much needed business class tickets which are an essentialrequirement for long haul business travel at substantial discounts. Business ClassAirfare deals are available on all major US airlines. It is worth mentioning thatthese cheap business class airline tickets come with all the perks that are normallyassociated with regular business class tickets like mileage accrual and pre-assignedseats.

Moreover Fare Buzz operates its own rewards program in conjunction with AmericanExpress rewards cards and every flight, hotel, vacation package and car rental bookingthat you book through Fare Buzz earns you points which can be redeemed at more than200 of the nation's retail and travel outlets.

Further the travel team at Fare Buzz is manned by experienced 'live' travel consultantswho are on hand seven days a week to help you find the best airline business classfares and hotel deals for your complete business travel package to Hong Kong. Sowhy wait any longer, just pick up the phone and call Fare Buzz at 1-888-808-4123for a quote today.

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