Although many of us get caught up in the “glamorous” side of business travel – room service, limousine transfers and plush hotels – there’s a less pleasant side-effect of travel which often goes ignored.
That’s right - jet lag. You’ve been preparing for a conference for months, but between preparing your slide deck and ordering extra business cards, you forgot all about the impact travelling across several time zones can have on your body.
At one point in your corporate career, you’ll be faced with the infamous red eye extravaganza: catch the first flight of the day, to a meeting at 9 am, lunch with investors, followed by an afternoon meeting, and right back on the plane home. Even the seasoned traveller dreads this trip: the time slots are tight, and with one small error the entire trip is ruined. With the demand in efficiency increasing by the minute, it’s important to remain calm and in control when travelling for business, even in the moments when things seem to fall apart. Not to worry! EAS has you covered from start to finish, no matter how tight the schedule.
Cannes: the French city is no stranger to A-List events and chic gatherings. And the world of tech feels no different – with the Cannes Lions attracting more than 16,000 attendees and 1,000 speakers for 5 jam packed days of talks, workshops, networking events, and award shows for people in the communications, marketing, design, tech, and media industries. With the festival’s origins dating back to the 1950’s, there’s no surprise the festival attracts an increasing amount of attendees every June to the coastal French city.
Attending a trade fair or conference can be a daunting experience - whether you are a first timer or a seasoned conference delegate, there are so many elements that need to come together for what can be an expensive business commitment to be worthwhile.
It’s that time of year again. That’s right, the countdown to Cannes Lions is nearly over, which means it’s time to start preparing your game plan.
This June, the hotly-anticipated International Festival of Creativity will once again throw open its doors to thousands of creative and marketing professionals from across the globe.
Cannes Lions offers a unique opportunity to meet and connect with some of the greatest creative minds in the industry. Are you ready to network, pitch your ideas and foster new partnerships? We’ve prepared the following top tips to help you whilst you’re in Cannes.
Barcelona: home to the largest and most cutting-edge mobile technology conference in the world, the GSMA Mobile World Congress.
Mobile World Congress 2019: will take place from the 25th to the 28th February in the city’s Fira Montjuïc and Fira Gran Via conference venues. The event brings together the biggest names in the mobile tech space - and for 2019 it’s all about “Intelligent Connectivity”.
With great power comes great responsibility, so it’s easy to say it’s bitter sweet building a relationship with your boss. As the promotions come and the salaries increase, the tasks become more high stress with more at stake. Your boss will delegate important tasks to those closest to them, and so naturally, the time will come when you will be asked to book your employer’s business trip.
Although this task may seem daunting, fear not! With our easy to follow, step by step guide, EAS makes planning your boss’s business travel experience a cinch.
In today’s hyper connected digital world our lives, both personal and business run based on a steady flow of information. In fact so much of our lives is digitised – our social interactions with friends and family, holiday snaps transmitted around the world in an instant and payment for our daily caffeine fix are just a few examples. As a result the digital devices we wear or carry round with us have become an absolute necessity, especially for business.
However, we have become so dependent on our connection to people and information; technology can be both a blessing and a burden.
Avoiding long airport queues, defeating jet lag and dealing with bad weather are all second nature to seasoned business travellers.
In the majority of cases, business travel will go off without a hitch. It’s an excellent opportunity to visit new places, make new contacts, get to know remote colleagues in person and learn new things.
But what should you do when things go wrong?
Size doesn’t matter- at least, definitely not when it comes to accommodation.
The people have spoken, and the results are in – larger than life beds in cookie-cutter bedrooms, stacked on top of one another in towering high rises are no longer in the modern traveller’s interests.
Introducing the boutique hotel – a small establishment typically with 10-100 bedrooms, usually located in a trendy urban location, boasting unique in-house amenities (think gourmet in-house restaurant and modern décor), without sacrificing the basic luxuries of a hotel stay. And there is truly no better city to try out this unique form of accommodation than in barcelona- the city’s eclectic mix of ancient gothic architecture, art nouveau buildings and graffiti-splattered alleys is a textbook example of the anti-ordinary. Need to know more? below we list our 4 top-performance boutique hotels in the condal city, ready to give you the perfect night’s rest, while spicing up your instagram account.
MERCER HOTEL BARCELONA
The perfect little retreat in the heart of the Cuitat Vella, the Mercer calls an old medieval façade home, a part of Barcelona’s ancient Roman wall. It’s no wonder they chose to keep the walls mostly bare, allowing the tastefully selected vintage furniture to take center stage. Complete with a restaurant, rooftop bar with pool, and stylish cocktail bar, this hotel ticks all the boxes. The ultimate plus? Despite its central location, the entrance merges seamlessly with the surrounding architecture, ensuring maximum privacy while being in the center of all the action.
Founded in 2006 by a local team of creatives who had a burning desire to create the ultimate urban artistic retreat, this small yet mighty accommodation boasts not 1, but 3 different gourmet restaurants, all under the roof of a restored building dating back to the late 18th century. Each room has a slightly different layout and distribution, featuring traditional “suelos hidraulicos” (traditional Catalan floor tiles), each with their own miniature terrace to soak up the Barcelona sun. A rooftop terrace with an extensive cocktail menu is the perfect place for a night cap after a long day of back to back meetings, and don’t forget to check out their adorable micro book store “Lino” located right by the entrance, filled with second hand gems who’s pages are waiting to be poured over.
For those looking for a slightly classier boutique hotel experience, look no further than Hotel Neri. Located in the heart of Barrio Gotic in a 17th century mansion, its terrace that peeks out on a quaint little square is this hotel’s prime feature. While no all-star amenities are in sight, this 22 roomed establishment screams personality with its bold colour palette and loud art pieces, complimented with glass chandeliers and plush velvet sofas.
Un-missable due to its exterior façade adorned in millions of googly-eyes, Hotel Ohla is for the avant-garde traveller in you. Full of unexpected surprises, a total black lobby creates a misleading somber and dramatic introduction to an otherwise prim and pretty 5 star hotel. This place has it all – from rooftop clear sided pool, a pillow and sheet menu, rainshowers in every room, to a gourmet Michelin star restaurant downstairs which features a modern spin on traditional Catalan and French cuisines. Original details of the existing buildings were left untouched, including its central 19th century staircase, which is abruptly contrasted with a minimal and muted interior, forming a harmonious marriage between old and new.
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With Spain’s beachfront metropolis becoming more and more of an international business hub, you’re sure to end up in sunny Barcelona at one point in your exciting corporate career. Home to countless trade shows and congresses, it’s an excellent place to make international contacts and meet new potential partners and investors.
Like anything in business, relationships move fast! You can find yourself in an impromptu meeting or corporate dinner at any moment, crucial to your company’s development and growth.
In the month of February, it can feel as though the focus of everything and everyone in Barcelona has turned towards Mobile World Congress. Thousands upon thousands of mobile enthusiasts from every corner of the globe join the great and the good of Tech Royalty to descend on the Mobile World Capital and bear witness to the very latest innovations at the cutting edge of the mobile field.
With an action packed itinerary of talks, dinners and networking crammed into just four days between the 25th and 28th of February it may seem that there’s not much sense in branching out into the real Barcelona during Mobile World Congress.
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is barely six months away and the leading tech visionaries are already gearing up for another show-stopping year.
MWC19 will take place from the 25th to the 28th February 2019 and will set out the latest innovations expected to revolutionise the mobile industry.
Destination Management Companies – DMCs (not to be confused with Run DMC, the American hip hop group!) – are the intermediary business travel service providers that arrange accommodation and events abroad.
DMCs take care of every aspect of business travel, from organising airport transfers and accommodation to coordinating events. Their unrivalled local city knowledge and supplier relationships take the burden off you and your employees – saving you both time and money.
From the 12 to 15 March 2019, approximately 25,000 real estate and property professionals from more than 100 countries will descend upon Cannes for the 30th Edition of the annual World Property Market, MIPIM.
MIPIM 2019 is the leading conference for the international property industry, providing a forum for networking, learning and showcasing projects to potential buyers. The most influential property players from sectors such as residential, healthcare, infrastructure and hospitality will be in attendance, and you should be, too!