Surviving a business travel horror story

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?

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Plan the Perfect Business Trip for Your Boss

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.

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Welcome to our Blog.   This is where we will post articles sharing our insider tips from Barcelona, Cannes and other key cities.   As Europeans living in or working in these cities we want to let you in on the local secrets of what to do and see, where to eat and go out so you can enjoy these cities like we do.

ISE MOVING TO BARCELONA IN 2021

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February is usually everyone’s least favourite month if you’re living in Europe – the brisk cold winds of winter are still in full swing, the days are painfully short, and spring just can’t seem to come soon enough. But this isn’t the case in the world of tech, with February being one of the most exciting months when it comes to events and conferences.

In February 2021 (which seems far away, but we all know how fast time flies in the world of technology), this dreary month will get some new rays of sunshine, with the revolutionary ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) event moving from Amsterdam, to our beloved sunny Barcelona.

 

 

The best boutique hotels in Barcelona

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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.

SPEED NETWORKING: EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS

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In a world that seems to move at an increasingly quicker pace, it’s only fitting that we adjust our pace along with it, especially in the corporate world. Aside from faster email responses and a more efficient filing system, another key aspect of corporate culture has picked up speed – networking.

Why Use a Destination Management Company

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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.

SPEED NETWORKING: EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS

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In a world that seems to move at an increasingly quicker pace, it’s only fitting that we adjust our pace along with it, especially in the corporate world. Aside from faster email responses and a more efficient filing system, another key aspect of corporate culture has picked up speed – networking.

Plan the Perfect Business Trip for Your Boss

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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.

Why Use a Destination Management Company

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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.

Plan the Perfect Business Trip for Your Boss

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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.

Beat Jet Lag When Travelling on Business

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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.

Why Use a Destination Management Company

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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.

What to Expect From
MWC19

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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.

Why You Should Attend MIPIM 2019

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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...

Why Use a Destination Management Company

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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.

Ten Tips for Trade Fair Attendees

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Here are ten lessons that a trade fair newbie took away from the World Property Market that's held on the French Riviera.

Beat Jet Lag When Travelling on Business

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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.

Business travel without added stress

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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...

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MWC 2019: Your Survival Guide

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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.

Beat Jet Lag When Travelling on Business

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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.

Business travel without added stress

Read more

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...

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Plan the Perfect Business Trip for Your Boss

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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.

What to Expect From
MWC19

Read more

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.

Why You Should Attend MIPIM 2019

Read more

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...

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Speed up baggage transfer in Barcelona

Imagine you are arriving at Barcelona airport and you are short on time before a meeting - what do you do with your bags? Or perhaps you want your luggage picking up from your hotel and delivering to Barcelona airport? Wouldn't it be handy to have a secure luggage transfer service that can pick-up your bags wherever you want in Barcelona and drop them off at any location in Barcelona at your designated time?

Bags&Go (formally DW Consignias) offers you such a service. They have offices in Barcelona airport, Barcelona Sants train station and Barcelona cruise terminal. Once you have made your online booking you can simply drop your bags off at any of these locations and Bags&Go will securely store and then transfer your luggage to your chosen destination.

Bags&Go have been in the business of transferring luggage for visitors to Barcelona since 2007. They deal with tens of thousands of bag transfers each year.

The service is charged on a per bag basis - irrespective of the size of the bag. Your bags are inspected externally to make certain there is no external damage on your luggage before your bags are accepted with the service. In addition, bags for Barcelona airport or Barcelona cruise terminal are scanned with an x-ray machine to ensure there are no restricted items inside. Your baggage is insured with Bags&Go and the insurance is included in the cost of the service.

Bags&Go are also able to handle late night departures - you just need to specify this on the booking form.

One factor to consider before choosing this service is to ask yourself if you are likely to need access to your luggage before you pick it up at your designated drop off point. If the answer were yes, it would be better to consider a locker service instead.

There may be some feeling of uncertainty with the idea of handing your bags over to a third party to look after. However Bags&Go are a professional bag handling company guaranteeing you peace of mind. You can feel confident that they will do a good job of looking after your luggage and delivering it when you need it.

To book your luggage collection/delivery, click here.


Rely on EAS for the best in quality accommodations, exclusive venues, event and marketing management, and other special concierge services. For further information, get in touch.

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Ten Tips for Trade Fair Attendees

 Here are ten lessons that a trade fair newbie took away from the World Property Market that's held on the French Riviera:

  1. Pack a sweater

“Cannes” may carry connotations of scorching sun and vitamin D, but this year it was foolish to second guess the weather. The sun may have broken out while I was meeting contacts in the windowless bunker. But overall,  the [weather] felt closer to Margate than Marseille.

2. Catch the train again

I heard at least 20 people moan about fog at London City Airport. Another 10 complained about traffic on the last stretch to Cannes. Hop on a Eurostar, then a TGV, and you have none of this bother. Plus, you can grab your first glass of French red during the stopover in Paris.

3. Over-promise at your peril

One property veteran told me to book only 40% of my MIPIM time as meetings. He was right, because tearing around the Croisette between hourly diary slots is no fun. So next year, more of my time will be spent bumping into familiar faces, having impromptu wine-tastings, and loitering around the London stand with a notebook and a business card.

4. Tweet clearly

When Coventry City Council brings together private sector partners to fund a two-Michelin-starred inward investment dinner on the outskirts of Cannes, don’t send a Tweet saying: “I’m off to a Michelin** restaurant, courtesy of Coventry.” More than one charitable organisation got the wrong end of the cinnamon stick.

5. Stay central

If you have the option to get a city-centre hotel, take it. Standing at the taxi rank for 40 minutes each night to get to my hotel, 20 minutes away, was far from pleasant.

6. Canapés rarely satisfy

Lamb and red pepper skewers may sound hearty enough, but eating 10 of these miniature kebabs does not constitute a dinner or a lunch, especially when accompanied by the same number of beers.

7. Pre-iron your shirts

Not only was my hotel miles out of town, it only possessed 20 irons to service 500 apartments, so probably 2,000 shirts in total. Needless to say, with a property conference going on down the road, there weren’t enough irons to go around. On the upside, I now know that the French for an “where is the iron?” is “où est le fer?”.

8. Don’t be gullible

Rumours abound at MIPIM, and most must be taken with a heavy pinch of salt. I heard last week that 140 people were in custody in the Tchenguiz arrests, that MEPC was being bought, and that the Homes and Communities Agency had begun a firesale of its London assets.  All these were unfounded.

9. Hold the front page!

MIPIM, I have learned, is a place where the unexpected happens. If a property man was having a heart attack at the Martinez one day, another property man was finding a dead body at the beach on the next. And who could have predicted that the Tchenguiz brothers would be arrested on the Wednesday morning, a day before their legendary yacht party?

10. Stay up to date at PropertyWeek.com

I was standing on the Cushman & Wakefield beach trying to persuade a naysayer just how useful the website, PropertyWeek.com, can be.


Rely on EAS for the best in quality accommodations, exclusive venues, event and marketing management, and other special concierge services. For further information, get in touch.

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Stay Connected in Cannes

Be realistic about the Wifi. With tens of thousands of people in Cannes tweeting, emailing and instagramming, the connection is not always great. Some restaurants have wifi and it's touch-n-go in the Palais des Festivals. We suggest investing in portable wifi.

Check out the following wifi service providers:

  1. Hippocketwifi
  2. lavacanza
  3. Skyroam
  4. Travelwifi

These wifi services require a portable wifi unit.  We recommend that these are purchased prior to your arrival to Cannes. These units can be ordered directly from the providers and can also be found via Amazon.


Rely on EAS for the best in quality accommodations, exclusive venues, event and marketing management, and other special concierge services. For further information, get in touch.

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Parking in Barcelona

Having a car in the city is a huge convenience especially when traveling on a schedule or with large groups. Sadly though, what a nightmare it can be to find parking sometimes!

Here’s a great solution that will save you time and money…

Try Parclick - where you can reserve a parking spot online at a number of garages throughout the city. There are a variety of packages to choose from. Select anything from a 24-hour pass up to a 30-day pass. They even have daily, weekend, and monthly subscriptions. You’ll find all the details within each specific offer.

If you’re promoting an event, they can help you find parking, too!


Rely on EAS for the best in quality accommodations, exclusive venues, event and marketing management, and other special concierge services. For further information, get in touch.

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