Saturday, December 29, 2007

Paris for business, travel and leisure

Paris is a great city to visit. Not only for leisure, but for business too. It is also famous for its fashion and perfumes too. And add the honor of being the "Romance Capital of the World" and also the "The City of Light". The name "Paris" has something to it - something that perhaps one will describe as charisma. Just imagine, Disneyland Resort when it was first started was named "Euro Disney Resort". Nothing romantic or alluring to its name. Sounds more like something connected to the European currency, and the resort was losing money, with attendance, hotel occupancy and revenues falling below projections. When it was renamed "Disneyland Paris", it reported its first profit. Wonder if the fame of Paris Hilton has more to do with the name Paris or the name Hilton. I think the first as Paris is better known all over the world than Hilton. What is Hilton anyway. Just a hotel chain.

Paris as a business center

Paris is a major business center of Europe and of the world. Just imagine, the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of Paris alone is bigger than that of the whole of Australia, a continent country. La Défense, with its 150,000 daily workers and 3.5 million square meters of office space, is Europe's largest central business district (CBD). Euronext in Paris is the second largest stock exchange in Europe. The headquarter of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is located in Paris. The European Business School Paris (EBS) is also located in Paris.

Paris as a center for education, Science, and culture

Paris is well known as a center for education, Science, and culture, and it is fitting that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) be located in Paris, its capital city. There are other centers like the Académie Colarossi, Académie Julian, Académie Ranson, Académie de peinture et de sculpture, Académie des Beaux-Arts and Amphitheatre Anglais.

Paris, Romance Capital of the World, City of Lights, favorites of tourists

The above is a photo which almost every person currently on earth will recognize as the Eiffel Tower of Paris. It is in fact the icon for Paris. To many people, Eiffel Tower = Paris. And yet when its designer engineer, Gustave Eiffel, first proposed the plans for the tower to Barcelona for the Universal Exposition of 1888, the Consistory of Barcelona rejected it. What is Barcelona loss is now Paris gain, but not without controversy. Eiffel submitted his plans to those responsible for the Universal Exhibition in Paris and it was built in 1889. However, many in Paris then opposed its construction and considered it an eyesore. It is now one of the biggest tourist draw in the world and in fact was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to Paris is never complete without a visit to Eiffel Tower and a ride in the lift to the top for a spectacular of Paris's skyline.

But Eiffel Tower is not the only structure that draw tourist to Paris like bees to honey. There is Disneyland Paris and the Louvre, a museum which houses, among other things, the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and the Glass Pyramid designed by world famous Chinese architect, I.M. Pei. The Arc de Triomphe is also a major attraction. You can climb to the top for beautiful view of Paris. And don't forget the Champs-Élysées, one of the most expensive piece of real estate in the world. You can also take a cruise on the scenic Seine River that flows through the middle of Paris or just stroll along its beautiful riverside. If you like ancient churches, there is the Notre-Dame Cathedral. The Moulin Rouge with its high kicking Can-Can dancers is another major tourist draw.

I have visited some but not all the places mentioned above when I went on a one day visit to Paris. Some obviously cannot be covered in a brief one-day visit, others were not built yet. I would like to go back again, but this time for a longer visit.

Hunting for accommodation only on arrival is a risky business and uses up your expensive time. A much better idea is to book accommodation ahead of arrival using one of the accommodation online booking websites like Paris Hotels. The French are very proud of their language and I should know having visited Paris and being a student in Dutch and French speaking Belgium for over 2 years. They would probably prefer you to refer to that website as Paris Hôtels. The Spanish, the French neighbour, I think will refer to the same website as París Hoteles

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Business, Travel cum Leisure in Australia

Why you should combine your business trip with leisure

Big businessmen and company CEOs (Chief Executive Officers), area managers, etc., often have to travel oversea on their business trips. Most of the time, they leave their family behind, and the family members feels neglected and they often miss each other's presence. I believe such globe trotting businessmen and company top executives and managers should at least once in a while take their family along on their business trips. It is only fair. In other words, combine business with leisure, business for the businessmen, etc, leisure for their family, and where the businessmen can spare the time, even join their family for their leisure activities.

However, in such cases, hotels are not an option, for hotels do not normally accommodate large group and also do not have facilities for cooking, etc., something that the accompanying family members may want to do. For that, they will have to consider serviced apartments. Not only that, serviced apartments are generally cheaper than hotels.

What are serviced apartments?

A serviced apartment is a furnished, self-contained apartment meant for both long-term, medium-term and short-term stays. The serviced apartment offers amenities that hotels do not offer, such as a kitchen or kitchenette with cooking and eating utensils. Serviced apartments usually are less expensive than hotels and well suited for large group traveling together. There are even businessmen who rent serviced apartments for their extended stay in a place where they spend long period for their business. It makes more economic sense than staying in a hotel.

Serviced apartments in Australia

Just like anywhere else in the world, Australia too have serviced apartments for rent in addition to hotels. And Australia is an interesting country continent to visit, for where else can you find unique animals like kangaroos, koala (often wrongly referred to as koala bears), Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), etc. Plus there are many cities in Australia famous as cultural centers.

Serviced apartments in Melbourne

Armadale Serviced Apartments MelbourneMelbourne is the state capital of Victoria located at the Port Phillip Bay in South-east Australia. It is a major commerce industrial center plus numerous cultural activity, so it will be no surprise to find businessmen traveling to Melbourne. Serviced apartments in Melbourne can be booked online via websites like Melbourne Accomodation where you can find service apartments like Armadale Serviced Apartments. Just look at the kind of facilities that Armadale Serviced Apartments include:

  1. Fully equipped kitchen with Fridge, Microwave & Oven

  2. Dishwasher (two bedroom apartments)

  3. Separate living area

  4. Reverse cycle air-conditioning

  5. Queen size beds (28) and/or twin singles

  6. Colour TV

  7. DVD player (request required for some apartments)

  8. Bathroom with full size bath

  9. All linen provided

  10. Iron & Ironing Board

  11. Radio/alarm clock

  12. Complimentary tea & coffee

  13. Hairdryer on request

  14. Guest laundry

  15. Security Intercom (two bedroom apartments)

  16. On-site car parking

  17. Resident Manger

  18. All apartments non-smoking

Tell me, which hotel, whatever star, can beat that?

Serviced apartments in Perth

Seashells Serviced Apartments PerthPerth is the capital city of Western Australia in south west Australia beside the Indian Ocean. Nice serviced apartments can be found in Perth Accommodation too like Seashells Serviced Apartments located on the Sunset Coast, a mere 15 minutes drive from Perth city center. And for your family, Seashells Serviced Apartments is conveniently less than 100 metres from the beach where they can get spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. Just perfect for that business cum leisure trip for you and your family in Australia.

Serviced apartments in Adelaide

Adelaide, the capital city of of South Australia is not called the City of Festivals for nothing. Festivals like the world famous Adelaide Festival of Arts, Fringe Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Writers' Week, the Feast Festival, and not forgetting WOMADelaide which is Australia's premier world music event. Timed your business trip to Adelaide with one of the many festivals in Adelaide and bring your family along for they will enjoy the festival atmosphere there while you go about with your business. Get your serviced apartment from Adelaide Accommodation. There will be plenty of serviced apartments like Quest Mansions Serviced Apartments Adelaide, a 3 to 5 star accommodation.

Quest Mansions Serviced Apartments is located at 21 Pulteney Street, Adelaide South near to the city center. If your family is interested in vineyards, the world famous vineyards of the Barossa and Clare Valleys is nearby. Like old historic buildings towns? The old German town of Hahndorf is just a short drive away.

Serviced apartments in Brisbane

Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland is located beside the Pacific Ocean. Business and industries in Brisbane include Information Technology, financial services, petroleum refining, stevedoring, paper milling, metalworking and railway workshops. Tourism is also a top draw and Brisbane can be considered as a gateway to other areas of Queensland.

For accommodation, book them online at Brisbane Accommodation where you can find apartments like Abbey Apartments which is located at 160 Roma Street, Brisbane right in the heart of the Brisbane Central Business District. It is directly opposite the Brisbane Transit Center and a short walk to the Queen Street Mall Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane Convention Center and Suncorp Stadium.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Travel ends in Australia? Get Life Insurance There

If your travel ever lead you to Australia, the island continent, you might just be tempted to end your travel there just like my sister and her family. She ended up permanently in Melbourne in the state of Victoria.

If you ended up like her and her family, it would be wise to think about getting life insurance for protection. Even though what you may think is purchasing a piece of paper, it is very important for it is protection for those you leave behind if ever something happened to you. It is said that our life hangs on a thread, and a pretty thin one at that. It is therefore very important for you to provide for income protection so that the dependents who depend on you to bring the pay check home every month. What will happen to them when the pay checks stopped if you did not provide for them to continue to have income even after you are gone.

Perhaps my nephew can confirm that with you as he is currently studying to be an actuary on Sydney, New South Wales. An actuary have to go through long period of study so that they actually can calculate the financial impact of risks and uncertainties of many thing including the risks and uncertainties of life. Even before he graduate, I am sure he can tell you about the importance of getting protection via life insurance. Otherwise, you can do your own research using the Internet. Even I can tell you about its importance too as I do know a thing or too about life insurance plus my sister-in-law is a pretty successful life insurance agency manager.

Another way is to get an insurance broker like life insurance which the site says they can offer free service to help you with all of your personal life, trauma, disablement and income protection insurance needs within Australia. You can get information about the types of insurance available to Australian residents.