So, you’ve gone to college, graduated, and earned your degree. Now you’ve landed a job in your field and you’ve been working very hard to old your own within the company. Well, it looks like that hard work is finally starting to pay off because you’ve just earned your right to climb up that corporate ladder by earning a promotion! With that promotion, you are now embarking on your first corporate business trip to New York City with your business associates!
New York has been called “the city that never sleeps” and it’s also known as the financial capital of the world but did you know that New York is also home to some of the world’s biggest and most successful companies? That reason alone makes it one of the top destinations for business trips.
In your mind, you’re probably thinking what in the world did you sign up for but you’ll be fine. Maybe you’re someone who’s never been on a business trip before or you have to give a presentation with a very important client… all of that makes you nervous, which is understandable, especially if it’s your very first business trip… but with the right planning and preparation, not only will you no longer be nervous but you’ll also knock that meeting out of the park!
Business Traveler’s Guide to NYC
Travel Accommodations to New York
With this being a business trip, your company should have you and your associates flying Business Class. Flying Business Class is just a perk businesses give their associates when traveling for work to make sure they are well rested before arriving at their destination.
You might be thinking, why not just take a first class flight? Well, there are certainly similarities with both flight classes such as extra legroom but there are some differences between the two flight classes as well. Forbes.com breaks down the differences in the two.
Making Your Way Around New York
It’s no secret that New York is a massive city so getting around could be a nightmare to visitors. Upon arriving in New York, you’ll see that a lot of the natives there commute by foot. It’s almost safe to say that the sidewalks are really the streets and the people are the automobiles but with this being a business trip, everyone needs to stick together when commuting to and from meeting locations.
The best way for everyone to commute together is by way of a charter bus. These buses allow everyone to navigate the city in style and comfort. Whether you’re heading to a meeting or have some downtime and are going to a company outing to sightsee, these buses will allow everyone to relax and not have to worry about traffic or getting lost.
Lodging Accommodations in New York
Hotels in New York are quite pricey so important to keep a few things in mind. With New York hotels, the rooms tend to be quite a bit smaller than typical hotel rooms so when you pack your suitcases, you want to be sure to pack only what you need. Now, the rooms are definitely much nicer and have gorgeous views but the square footage is considerably smaller.
Also, your company should be aware that when booking rooms for the associates, some websites exclude taxes and fees at the initial booking and add the final taxes and fees at checkout. This may not be something for the business associates to be concerned about if it’s a company paid trip but it’s still something to be mindful of with New York hotels in general.
Exploring the New York Attractions
When it comes to New York attractions, the options are endless. You and your associates can hop on the charter bus and stop in Times Square, take a stroll in Central Park, and see the Statue of Liberty. If some of your associates are artsy, then they can go to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Met Bruer.
The Mouthwatering New York Food
Even though this is a business trip, that doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck eating hotel food only. New York is a food metropolis! The one thing you can be guaranteed about New York food is that it’s all authentic! If you want Italian or Chinese, you can bet money that the food is prepared and cooked by someone of that food’s cultural background!
Yes, there are chain restaurants there but who goes to New York to eat at places they can eat anywhere? You and your associates need to dine at New York-specific locations. If you all want pizza, don’t order from Papa John’s or Pizza Hut… go to a “mom and pop’s” pizza spot where you won’t be able to get pizza like that anywhere else.