More people travel for business now than ever before. But it doesn't have to be all work and no play - here's what you can do for fun in some of the world's top business hubs.
Manhattan looks set to be transformed in 2015, following the opening of the architecturally stunning Fulton Center late last year. The digital transit and retail hub complements the relocation of media giants Condé Nast’ and Time Inc. downtown, and has re-energised the Lower Manhattan area. More restaurants and shops have opened as well, while the Century-old Pier A is now a multi-level oyster bar and event space with a promenade that faces the Statue of Liberty.
This Asian city remains a perennial fave — and for good reason too. Familiar must-do’s (dim sum, dancing, drinks) aside, foodies can check out brand new restaurants such as Asobu Bistro, a Western Japanese fusion eatery, the first Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine restaurant featuring Kitty-themed dim sum, baos and bow-shaped chopsticks, and Singaporean entrepreneur Yenn Wong’s latest offering: Meen & Rice, the coolest congee and noodle house in town.
There's additional buzz about this busy city these days: Top hotels like Fairmont, Raffles and St. Regis have recently opened there or are in the process of development, sharing space with top restaurants such as Union by Gordon Ramsay-trained Adhika Maxi. Throw in a lively nightlife scene and you've got a potent mix. No wonder a second airport is slated to open in 2020.
This city on the rise continues to make strides towards modernity. The imposing New Century Global Centre, the world’s largest building which comes with an artificial indoor beach stretching over 1km in length, continues to be one of the biggest attractions for tourists. There’s so much to do here – shop, attend conferences, catch a movie, or even work on your tan. New additions to the lifestyle scene include international hotels such as The Temple House - home to a thousand-year-old Chinese Buddhist temple and a restored Qing dynasty courtyard building, it’s cloaked in a three-dimensional woven façade of timber, brick, and step stones. See it to believe it.
She’s not called one of the world’s most exciting cities for nothing. London remains a mecca for just about anything: Comedy clubs, West End shows, museums, even a Cereal Café. And come September, London Underground is scheduled to begin running 24 hours a day, so merrymaking can continue into the hours of the night. Worrying about whether you can catch the last Tube back home or to the hotel will be a distant memory.