Global travel reached an all-time high in 2017, and 2018 is shaping up to be an equally impressive year. As one of the world’s largest industries, tourism and travel contribute trillions of dollars to the global economy. When you fly into international cities on a private jet, you’ll find that some facilitate play and productivity better than others. The ones featured here won’t disappoint when you extend your business travels.
Cape Town, South Africa
One of the best destinations for international business travel, Cape Town has some of the best scenery, wine, restaurants and hotels in the world. It’s also home to some of the friendliest people. The city attracts a great amount of government-related business, and its economy attracts travelers from major industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, finance, real estate and transportation. The popular convention center completed its second expansion in early 2018, allowing it to host multiple large events across the entire complex. When visiting Cape Town, hike Table Mountain, surf the waves of the Atlantic, and tour its world-famous wine country. Book a room at The Table Bay hotel in the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, which Nelson Mandela opened in 1997.
Hong Kong, China
The third-most important financial district after London and New York, Hong Kong is rich with history, culture, cuisine, commerce and architecture. At night, the skyscrapers and buildings along Victoria Harbour light up in the world’s largest permanent light and sound show, A Symphony of Lights. Hong Kong’s impressive transit system, which includes ferries, makes it simple to travel around like its residents do. While in the Pearl of the Orient, check out the high-end shopping and treat yourself to a bespoke suit. Check into The Peninsula Hong Kong, which blends Eastern and Western hospitality with elegance.
Bringing strong competition for startups and foreign companies alike, Amsterdam’s collaborative approach connects businesses to the rest of the world thanks to its strategic location. You’ll find the business district in the Zuidas neighborhood, which is home to meeting facilities and many corporate headquarters. In addition to being a financial, consulting and internet hub, the city also has some of the best museums and heritage buildings in the world. Rent a bike and ride along the canals. Check out the “dancing houses” on your way to dinner. Stay at the Conservatorium, an architectural landmark in the Museum Square district.
World-renowned for its hospitality, Dublin is a friendly city with major pharmaceutical, information technology and transportation industries. Its convention center overlooks the River Liffey. The Irish capital has an active music and pub scene and is simple to reach from many U.S. and European cities. During your stay in Dublin, book a room at The Merrion. The beautiful accommodation occupies a restored Gregorian building in the city center. When extending your stay, you’ll find countryside estates less than 60 minutes away.
Tied with Sydney for being Australia’s top financial center, Melbourne along the southern coast is the country’s events and cultural capital with a calendar packed with festivals, films, exhibits, sports, visual arts, theater productions, and food and wine celebrations. Several large companies in the information technology, finance and manufacturing industries have their headquarters in the bustling city. Melbourne is diverse with a busy port, enchanting coastline, city laneways and desert landscapes. It also has an active wine country and diverse wildlife. Stay at The Langham Melbourne in the Arts and Leisure district along the Southbank Promenade for its views of the skyline and Yarra River.