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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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