Whether you’re visiting with suppliers, touring a project site, signing a prospective client, or attending a conference, business travel is an essential part of many industries today.
While in many cases your destination is predetermined by your client’s location, conference venue, or a specific event, some cities are certainly more popular (and travel-friendly) than others.
Keep reading as we explore some of the best business travel destinations, and how you and your team can make the most of your time there.
Known for its music scene, historic vibe, and delicious food, New Orleans is a must-see if you have the opportunity. The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is one of the top convention centers in the United States, and plays host to many events throughout the year. It’s also right next to the bustling downtown area, allowing you and your team to relax and enjoy the evenings if you’ve got some extra time.
During your off-hours, enjoy fresh jambalaya and other Creole treats, catch some live jazz in the French Quarter, or explore the bayou via a guided kayak tour.
They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and Dallas certainly holds its own. The “Big D,” as it’s colloquially known, is known for its many event spaces, affordable hotels, and plenty of attractions to see and do.
Dallas has a bustling restaurant scene, golf courses for every time of player, in addition to fantastic public transportation. The DART light rail takes you directly from the airport to the downtown area, and there are plenty of affordable lodging options in the city center as well as the nearby neighborhoods.
Get ready to turn up the heat in this affordable and fun-loving city! Orlando is home to one of the largest convention centers in the country (at 7 million square feet, including 2.1 million square feet of green space!) and the second largest concentration of hotels of any city, so there’s plenty of room for business travelers and tourists alike.
Even better, travel risk management company On Call International named Orlando one of their top business travel destinations, based on a variety of factors like on-time flights, lodging costs, and mobile network coverage. If you or your team are heading to this sunny destination, you’ll likely have a productive trip mixed with tons of opportunities for after-hours fun.
Heading to the Big Apple for your next business travel excursion? You’ll definitely want to book a few extra days for sightseeing around your meetings.
Before you go, keep in mind that the city is sprawling; don’t expect to make it from one end to the other easily. If you need to maximize your time (or you have important meetings you can’t miss), make sure you spend the time researching where you’ll be staying, where you need to be throughout your trip, and how you’ll get there — whether that’s via subway, cab, walking, or ride sharing.
San Francisco, and the surrounding “Bay Area,” have long been a popular tourist destination for fun, but it’s also well-known as a technology and startup hub. If you’re in the technology, tourism, digital marketing, or financial service industries, you’ll likely make a trip to SF at some point. In addition to being home to big players like Google and Facebook, the Bay Area hosts conferences like the WWDC (Apple’s developer Conference), Google’s two-day developer conference, and the three-day TechCrunch Disrupt.
Transportation is also easy in the Golden City, whether you’re traveling via cable car or hailing a rideshare via Uber or Lyft (both headquartered in San Francisco).
All work, no play? Not here. After clocking out for the day, employees can take advantage of tons of San Francisco attractions, including tours of Alcatraz, enjoying a Giant’s game at AT&T Park, or strolling the Embarcadero at Fisherman’s Wharf.
With two airports close to the city center, Chicago is another popular business travel destination that gets top marks in our book. Although lodging tends to be pricier than other cities, you’ll have plenty to do and see after your meetings are over. Popular attractions include the Navy Pier, the Chicago Riverwalk, and Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).
Chicago also has a world-class public transportation system, including “The L” train and numerous bus routes. This can definitely save you money if you need to get from one side of the city to the other, as you can avoid costly taxis.
It may be known as “Sin City,” but Las Vegas can also be a productive business travel destination. It’s easily one of the top destinations for event planners, with three of the 10 largest convention centers in the US. And with no shortage of hotel options, ranging from pricey to budget-friendly, you can find the right accommodations for your needs.
With the McCarran International Airport so close to the main Las Vegas Strip (and more than 900 flights arriving and departing every day), you’ll have plenty of options for arrival and departure times. And with cabs running the streets, getting around within the city is easy.
If you’re heading to the Las Vegas Convention Center, get ready to be in awe: the venue features state-of-the-art amenities and is located right on the Las Vegas Strip. Just hold the poolside margaritas and blackjack until after business is done!
Need help booking your next corporate trip, or want to ensure you’re getting the best value? At TurboRes, we’re here to help. We’ll connect you to all types of hotels and venues to meet your individual needs, and your handy client portal makes it easy for you and/or your team members to find the best deals and stay organized. Plus, we partner with tons of hotels, airlines, and attractions in the business travel destinations above and more to find you the best rates.
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