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business travel

Seal the Deal at These Big-for-Business Restaurants

YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES (AND CLIENTS) WILL BE TREATED RIGHT AT THESE SOPHISTICATED TORONTO RESTAURANTS

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Hy’s Steakhouse is a classic clubhouse for Financial District dealmakers (photo: courtesy of Hy’s Steakhouse)

We know that not every meeting takes place in a boardroom; some negotiations are better handled over a leisurely meal or a few drinks. Fortunately there are client-friendly restaurants in some of the city’s classiest neighbourhoods.

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Nine Shops and Salons for Business Travellers

THESE ESTABLISHMENTS CAN HELP WEARY BUSINESS TRAVELLERS GET REFRESHED FROM HEAD TO TOE

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Perk up your boardroom attire at Harry Rosen (left) and Marlowe (right), and refresh your look with products from World Salon

Though business-casual attire has overtaken the three-piece suit, it’s still important to look professional. Put your trust in these sophisticated retailers and service providers if you’ve forgotten something at home or are in need of a wardrobe tune-up.

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Don’t Blow Your Travel Budget: 10 Surprising Travel Fees

By SHANNON KELLY

Toronto's Highway 407 is notorious for its high tolls—#5 on the list of unanticipated travel fees (Photo: BigA888)

A recent study traced the hardest-to-anticipate and most unexpected fees that hotels, airlines and car rental agencies add to their customers’ bills. (more…)

Two-Thirds of Business Travellers Plagued By Guilt

By SHANNON KELLY

No one accrues loyalty program perks like business travellers, but apparently rewards come at a cost: namely, burnout, stress and, it seems, a major guilt trip.

A recent survey found that 62 per cent of business travellers feel guilty about their business trips, primarily, said two-thirds of respondents, for being away from their families or loved ones and missing important events like anniversaries or birthdays.

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Travellers Choose Loyalty Program Benefits Over Spouses

We knew that people were crazy about racking up rewards points, but we didn’t know that they’d choose these benefits over their spouses. (more…)

Porter Means Business: Airline Scores with Business Travellers

Business travellers gave an 83% approval rating to Canada’s third-largest airline, Porter Airlines, according to a recent survey by independent international marketing research firm Ipsos. The Ispos Canadian Business Travel Study has been conducted annually for two decades, and monitors opinions and habits of travellers who take six or more flights for business per year. The report is not available to the general public.

This rating was 23% higher than the one awarded to the second-most-popular airline in the survey. For those of us who have flown Porter it’s no surprise that the top reasons for the positive reviews were the downtown location of the airline’s Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the airline’s attitude and the friendly staff. (The free cookies and bottles of locally brewed Steam Whistle pilsener couldn’t have hurt, either.) Porter launched in 2006 and flies to select cities in eastern Canada and the northeastern US.

Visit www.flyporter.ca and www.ipsos.ca for more information.