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Business Travel View - Brussels

by Walter 27. January 2010 09:30

The aristocratic city of 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) Notes, a Greek restaurant popular with politicians and diplomats and upscale Italian eateries, Dal Padrino and Barbara 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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