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
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
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