Business Travel Guide to FloridaWhy are so many business meetings, conventions and expos of all specialties held in Florida? It’s because many of today's big businesses use picturesque vacation hotspots for their company meetings as a means of saying "thanks" to their employees. When they're not discussing next year's financial forecast, the employees can be enjoying the sun, relaxing on the beach or "losing" a round of golf to the boss. In more ways than ever, business meetings are a means of enjoying time away from the office while still taking care of business. If you're the office rookie, here's a business travel guide to Florida.
Florida -- The Business Travel Guide
If you're heading to the Sunshine State for a business meeting or convention, there are some things you should keep in mind. These helpful tips include:
* Always research the city that your meeting is being held in. For example, if your meeting is in Miami, Florida, use the Internet to discover local attractions and to find out the best places to stay and eat. There's a wide number of websites available where past business travelers have placed reviews of hotels and restaurants. By heeding their warnings, or recommendations, you can better ensure that your trip to Miami will be the best that it can be.
* If you're looking for the best in luxury accommodations, but don't want to break the bank at the same time, you may be well served to book an executive room at your Florida hotel. While the cost of the room will be more expensive than a standard one, many executive rooms come with free continental breakfasts, afternoon lunches or late-night snack solutions that would normally cost you extra. You can also get free access to the hotel's gym or spa services if it is offered. Always check what amenities come with the executive room just to make sure, because it may just offer you the luxury you wish for less than the cost of paying for the services separately.
* When visiting Florida, always check with your hotel's Concierge if you're uncertain about something. They can help you find the perfect restaurant as well as tell you which section of town to avoid.
* The weather in Florida is hot, hot and hot! When you're not in the suit and tie for business purposes, make sure to pack some lightweight clothing if you're visiting in the summer months and plan to relax on the Florida beaches. In addition, use the Internet to look at the weather forecast in advance of the time you're going to be there to see if you will need anything heavier or more rain resistant.
* If this is your first time to Florida, stick with some of your colleagues who may have been there before. Odds are that they will be more familiar with the surroundings and not only will it make your experience in Florida that much more enjoyable, but you'll also get the invaluable benefit of becoming closer with your co-workers.
By familiarizing yourself with the area of Florida you're going to be visiting, following previous visitor's recommendations and sticking with a group until you become comfortable on your own, you can enjoy the best of what Florida has to offer on your business meeting/mini-vacation.