Ask a concierge: Surfers Paradise, Australia

At the vocoTM Gold Coast, concierge Christopher McHarg has spent nearly nine years advising visitors on where to go, what to do and where to dine in this coastal suburb of City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Here he offers tips for business travelers.

Market monitor: Thailand at a glance

Thailand business travel outlook: Experts expect Thailand’s economic growth to slow from 4.1% in 2018 to 2.9% in 2019 and 3% in 2020. Business travel spending will grow 5.8% for next three years.

City guide: Munich

Check out this city guide for tips on what to see, do and eat during your free time in Munich. Bavaria’s capital city is well known for its architecture, culture and Oktoberfest celebrations. Automotive is one of the city’s biggest industries; auto giant BMW calls Munich home. Technology, finance, engineering and tourism are also key sectors. Munich hosts multiple global conferences and events each year.

Market monitor: South Korea at a glance

This market monitor for South Korea shows that trade uncertainty weighs on the world’s 12th-largest economy, but travel spending is still strong. Corporate travelers spent almost US$15 billion on trips to, from and within South Korea in 2018.

City guide: Amsterdam

Business etiquette tips and the best things to eat and do during your free time in Amsterdam. Check out this city guide for tips on what to see, do and eat during your free time in the Netherland’s capital city with picturesque canals, bridges and more bikes than people.

City guide: Paris

Tips for eating, drinking and doing business in France’s largest city. Paris is the city of love, light, fashion and finance. The city is home to over 2 million people but attracts millions more visitors for business and leisure every year. Key industries include banking, fashion, cosmetics, manufacturing, telecommunications and tourism.

Market monitor: South Africa at a glance

South Africa business travel outlook: To reduce exposure to commodity price volatility, South Africa is diversifying its economy—particularly by expanding services. The financial, mobile telecommunications, tourism, transport and logistics sectors have all performed well.

Ask a concierge: New York City

At the Kimpton Muse in New York City, concierge Daniel Mitchell has spent four years advising visitors on where to go, what to do and where to dine in Manhattan. Here he offers advice for business travelers.

City Guide: Atlanta

Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and an economic and cultural hub of the southeastern United States.

Ask a concierge: Singapore

At the Grand Hyatt Singapore, concierge Faisal Rahim guides visitors on the best things to see, do and eat in this Asia-Pacific business hub. He offers packing, dining and sightseeing advice, as well as business etiquette tips for corporate travelers.

Market monitor: The Philippines at a glance

The Philippines has one of Asia’s most robust economies. The nation averaged annual economic growth of 6.3% between 2010 and 2018. Expansion was 6.2% in 2018 and is expected to slip to 5.9% this year.• Consumer spending is getting a boost from healthy growth in remittances and slowing inflation.

City Guide: Chicago - BCD Travel

City guide: Chicago

The site of GBTA 2019 dazzles visitors with architecture, art and center-of-the city outdoor spaces.

Ask a concierge: Bogota

At the Grand Hyatt Bogota, concierge Geraldin Gordillo Cardozo guides visitors on the best things to see, do and eat in Colombia’s capital city. She offers packing, dining and sightseeing advice, as well as business etiquette tips for corporate travelers.

Market monitor: Peru at a glance

Between 2013 and 2018, overall business travel spending in Peru grew 6.3% a year. Spending is expected to grow about 6% a year through 2023. Chile and the U.S. lead inbound travel to Peru, which is Latin America’s fifth-largest economy.

Market monitor: Malaysia at a glance

Corporate expenditure on travel to, from and within Malaysia amounted to US$36 billion in 2018. Inbound travelers account for two-thirds of total spending. Malaysians traveling abroad on business account for a further 24%. International travel is expected to drive a 5% increase in corporate travel spending.

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