The city of Paris is considered one of the most important cities in the world with many international organisations having a base here and a thriving commercial district. Some of the world’s best known and luxurious brands have their flagship stores or offices here from Chanel to Hermés and the famous luggage name, Louis Vuitton. International events, concerts and sports occasions are often held in Paris attracting visitors from around the world.
The French capital is steeped in rich history, romance and culture that is evident on every street. From the art deco architecture to the striking dominance of the Eiffel Tower over the city, there is so much to see and do in exploring the city.
Often chosen as the number one European city to host offices, the vibrant business region of La Défense hosts world banks, commercial brands, universities and technological industries, Paris is a major hub for trade and commerce.
If you are visiting the city on business, make the most of your time in France to achieve your professional goals whilst experiencing one of the best cities in the world. Read our tips on how to have a successful corporate trip and soak up the Parisian culture while you are here.
Best foot forward
Ladies will understand the importance of wearing comfortable heels whilst looking good and feeling confident. Plan ahead for dashing across the city for business meetings by taking a large tote bag to slip in some pretty pumps – dress up with heels for that professional look then that you can slip on your flats for walking around in between meetings. After a long day at work, put on your flats to allow you wander the avenues and explore more of the city on feet – and all the while keeping your feet happy.
Stay in a hotel with business facilities
Save time and stress by booking accommodation that offers business amenities for guests. Source a hotel that can offer free Wi-Fi for you to catch up on emails and work – this will save you hunting around town for an internet café or bar. If you need a quiet work space to prepare for an important meeting or to complete a proposal document, a hotel with a designated business centre will be ideal for this purpose. Some hotels such as Fraser Suites Harmonie La Défense understand their business guests really well and offer a variety of amenities for business visitors from daily newspapers, to in-suite smartphone in luxury serviced apartments, business centre with free to use computers and printers, complimentary Wi-Fi and concierge services. Staying in a hotel with their business guests are their heart will help save you previous time and leaving you to explore the city and its attractions.
Take time out
If your schedule allows, utilise some down time to go exploring and visit some of Paris’ best loved attractions. Many museums and art galleries are open late (21.30 hrs or later) at least once a week. This can allow you to work during the day and still experience the sights at night. However if you require a foreign language tour guide, this may be more difficult to source if you are visiting later in the day. A must-do is seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night – you can go all the way to the top for spectacular city views – its open until midnight meaning you won’t miss out while on your business trip.