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Where Business Is A Pleasure

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Sorry to keep doing this, but it does give me a good laugh. :lol:

I wonder if the thousands of homeless and legions of poor drug addicts in these cities agree with The Economist.

The world’s best and worst cities

Wondering where to hold that conference in 2006? Or want to know what’s in store when touching down to meet a client? To help answer such questions, the Economist Intelligence Unit has developed a “business-trip index” for 127 cities worldwide, ranking the best—and worst—destinations for business travel.

Canadian cities take the top three slots, with Vancouver just ahead of Calgary and Toronto. They are not the cheapest places to visit on business (Karachi in Pakistan holds that honour). But they have the right mix of ingredients to please the business traveller.

Surveys of this kind usually focus exclusively on costs. But this ignores the things that help to make business tolerable, or even a pleasure—after all, conventions, training, corporate meetings and seminars are now more common reasons for business travel than simple sales calls. Crime, climate, transport and recreation all play a part in our index, along with airport distances and the availability of good hotels. We chose a broad cross-section of cost and comfort factors to form an index of 0-100, where a lower score implies a more attractive prospect for the business traveller.

Of course, the ranking does not account for the individual tastes and needs of every business traveller. It will be hotly disputed by those who reckon it underplays big-city buzz, say, or overplays security concerns. The distance and cost of travelling to a city will naturally depend on where you are coming from. Europeans, for example, might be better served using Vienna for business purposes, rather than Vancouver. Then again, they say that getting there is half the fun.


FYI, London is 72nd.

Edited by gone west

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