In today’s travel world, it’s easy to combine business with pleasure. In fact, a full 83% of business travelers use their trips to explore their destinations as tourists in addition to getting work done.
New York doesn’t call itself the Big Apple in exaggeration. It’s a global destination for art, fashion, finance, theater, and more. Wall Street firms rule the roost, but there are also leading media and communications companies.
The iconic destinations are seemingly endless, from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building, and a glut of unique ethnic neighborhoods. Don’t forget the world-class museums like the Guggenheim, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The tourist hotspot of Cancun is not just for spring break. The city has become a go-to destination for meetings and conventions for the tourism and hospitality industries.
In addition to indulging in a little sea and sun, the nearby ruins of Chichen Itza, one of largest cities of ancient Mayan culture, are not to be missed.
The City of Brotherly Love is leading the way in bio-tech and financial services, and is on a major upswing. With its pivotal role in U.S. history, you can take in Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Or embrace being a tourist and run up the steps like Rocky Balboa to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is among the largest museums in the U.S.
Phoenix is the bustling city in the Arizona desert, and is quickly becoming known as the Silicon Desert for its burgeoning tech industry. With unlimited sunshine and open spaces, Phoenix and nearby Scottsdale has some of the best golfing in the country, including annual PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour events.
If it gets too hot, you can kick back at the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Desert Botanical Garden, or dozens of other venues dedicated to the history of a variety of topics.
Canada’s busiest city is right on the border of the U.S. It’s an easy flight from anywhere in the U.S. for finance and manufacturing. With a cross-cultural mix of people, dining, and history, there’s plenty to take in by just wandering Toronto’s streets. There’s high-end shopping along Mink Mile, and the CN Tower soars above it all for amazing views.
The tech world of Silicon Valley, major financial headquarters, and new corporate headquarters for Google and Twitter are a frequent stop for business travelers to San Francisco. Layer onto that the history and local color that draws tourists from around the world, and you have a great business-and-pleasure combination.
Check out the seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf, head out to Alcatraz Island, and get those snapshots of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Mexico City is the nexus for business, tourism, and history in Mexico. Business travelers usually come from the world of pharmaceuticals and finance. As tourists, they can then step into the past to explore the Aztec ruins of Tenochtitlan.
With architecture dating back to the 16th century, the city is filled with gorgeous neighborhoods and major museums like the National Museum of Anthropology and the Palacio de Bellas Artes.