Business-related travel spending is booming and is expected to increase through 2020. The top cities to extend your business trips when traveling via a chartered flight are ranked highly by fellow travelers for their positive impact on productivity thanks to factors such as good cell phone coverage, traffic and even the quality of emergency care. But, it doesn’t hurt to have a little fun, too. When you find yourself in one of the following destinations, you’ll be glad you added a couple days to your trip.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans commemorates its 300th anniversary in 2018, meaning you’ll find numerous events for the tercentennial celebration. The diverse, unique city is also commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall, making the celebrations a testament to New Orleans’s resilience. Southern charm and hospitality paired with a killer culinary scene give the city high marks in regard to friendliness and good eats. Because the French Quarter overlaps New Orleans’s central business district, you don’t have to go far for entertainment. Several meeting venues and the renovated convention center are along the waterfront and a short distance from many hotels. A stay at the historical landmark Roosevelt New Orleans, a luxury Waldorf Astoria hotel, will help complete your trip.
A top destination for conventions and business headquarters, commerce is a big draw for Chicago visitors. From its lakefront location to the world-renowned culinary scene, the Chicago doesn’t have to do much to tempt you into staying longer than planned. Second City has earned high marks for its arts and culture scene and amazing views. Spend some time in The Loop in Chicago’s central business district, which impresses with skyscrapers, historic buildings, abounding shopping opportunities, the Theater District, and a wealth of art, including outdoor sculptures by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, and Magdalena Abakanowicz. Get some of the city’s best views as you relax by booking a stay at The Langham Chicago.
San Francisco, California
A hub for finance, venture capitalists and tech gurus, San Francisco has a laid-back vibe and dramatic scenery. Travelers often extend their stay for the city’s arts and culture scene, fine dining opportunities, great shopping, and outdoor recreational activities. You’ll find the convention center and business district near the waterfront, Wine country is just a short helicopter ride away. Hike in nearby redwood forests, play a round of golf and treat yourself at a spa resort. A stay at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton in scenic Nob Hill will ensure your trip is as opulent as it is productive.
A flourishing tech center, Seattle is no stranger to welcoming business travelers. The Puget Sound hub ranks high for its friendly residents, eclectic shopping and great views of the water and mountains—even from boardrooms. Take advantage of its fabulous seafood restaurants, wander through the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum, rock out at MoPOP (formerly the Experience Music Project), taste local wines in Woodinville, and take a seaplane tour of the San Juan Islands for a chance to view marine mammals. At the end of a long day in the Emerald City, catch some winks at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle.