We have some good news: along with other trends like the return of international travel and more corporate travelers choosing to make their own reservations, business travel is continuing to return after it significantly decreased in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the pandemic continues to impact travel, more employees are starting to return to their offices for in-person meetings with their teams and clients. And as in-person meetings increase, more employees get to return to one of their favorite parts of their jobs: traveling around the world for work.
Next time you plan a trip for work, see if you can check out one of these top 10 business travel destinations (listed in no particular order).
1. New York City, New York
With three major airports and easy-to-use public transportation, getting to New York City—and getting around once you’re there—is fairly simple. In addition to being home to many companies across industries, including banking, media, fashion, and finance, New York City offers travelers a renowned restaurant scene and entertainment options like sports and theater for their night off.
2. London, England
London is likely the top destination for business travelers in Europe, with established financial trade and banking industries, plus growing start-up and entertainment cultures. The easiest, least expensive way to get around this large city is taking the Tube, London’s underground subway system.
3. Miami, Florida
The beaches, the restaurants, and the art in Miami are great—but the main selling point of this city for many business travelers may be the airport. The Miami International Airport, ranked the busiest international airport in the United States in 2022, is just a half-hour drive from downtown Miami and a hub for international travelers coming in and out of the United States.
4. San Francisco, California
If you work in technology, it’s probably no surprise to see San Francisco on this list. The Bay Area is the capital of the tech industry and home to companies including Salesforce, Adobe, and Visa. If you plan a trip to San Francisco, make sure to budget: it’s been ranked the country’s most expensive city.
5. Dallas, Texas
Dallas is the home to Fortune 500 companies including Southwest Airlines and ExxonMobile, and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center has over one million square feet of exhibition space. Business travelers might want to consider renting a car to get around this massive city (especially if you want to see a Dallas Cowboys game or visit one of the city’s many museums).
6. Toronto, Canada
Toronto, Canada’s biggest city, is a hub for financial services and manufacturing. It’s easy for visitors to get around using the city’s public transportation system that includes buses and subways. Business travelers can get a birds-eye view of the city (and even take the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk) at the CN Tower.
7. Chicago, Illinois
One of the United States’ largest convention centers is located in Chicago, so many travelers might find their way to this midwestern city on a business trip. Chicago, which is known as the Second City, is home to two major airports and well-established technology, media, and finance industries. Plus, there’s something for everyone to do: tons of restaurants, professional sports, and sightseeing.
8. Los Angeles, California
Yes, Los Angeles might be known for its traffic—but business travelers will also be greeted by sunshine, beaches, and tons of hotel and dining options. Nature lovers with a day off in Los Angeles will enjoy the local hiking trails, while fans of the entertainment industry can take a tour of the Warner Brothers or Paramount Pictures Studios.
9. Phoenix, Arizona
Looking to escape a cold winter? Plan your team’s next December or January business trip for Phoenix. The average temperature is around 70 degrees, and as the city continues to grow as a player on the national conference circuit, business travelers will enjoy this sunny, easy-to-access state.
10. Paris, France
The City of Lights is sure to impress business travelers with its charming streets, food scene, and museums and monuments. The leisure and sightseeing opportunities aren’t the only reason to visit Paris on a business trip, though. The Paris region is also the number one region in Europe for hosting the world’s top 500 corporate headquarters, so there are plenty of business opportunities in the city, too.
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