MAKE YOUR BUSINESS TRIP WORK FOR YOU

Did you know that, according to a survey conducted by a local travel wholesaler, 67% of South Africa’s corporate travellers have extended previous business trips for leisure?

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What’s more, they intend on taking time for rest and relaxation while on a business trip in the next three years. These travellers are part of a growing number globally, who combine business and leisure.

“It is very tempting to add on an extra day or two onto your business trip, but it’s sometimes just not feasible. However, there are ways of incorporating leisure while travelling for business,” says Premier Hotels & Resorts’ Group Sales and Marketing Manager, Grant Sandham.

A frequent business traveller himself, Sandham found that the evenings after working hours are ideal for immersing himself in the culture of the places he visits by trying out the cuisine and, if possible, taking in the local entertainment. “When travelling for work, one of my favourite places to stay is Splendid Inn Pinetown. In addition to being within 20 minutes from the Durban city centre—ideal for a night on the town—it’s also within easy reach of North Beach and King Shaka International Airport. The onsite eatery—Saratoga Restaurant—serves up a delicious, traditional Durban curry,” he says.

Splendid Inn Pinetown facilities include seven venues to host your conference, corporate event or product launch for up to 150 people.

As Sandham lives in Gauteng, a sunset walk on the beach while on trips to coastal regions is a rare treat. “I enjoy staying at hotels like Premier Resort Cutty Sark, which is literally 100 metres from the beach and has three superb conference venues with seating for up to 120 delegates. Depending on your conference schedule, you may even be able to squeeze in a late afternoon dive with ScubaXcursion, which is based at Premier Resort Cutty Sark. The hotel is situated at Aliwal Shoal, which is listed as one of the top ten dive sites in the world. Divers booking their dives and stay through ScubaXcursion receive a special discounted room-only rate.

The Group Sales and Marketing Manager says that one of the best things about business trips is getting to experience different parts of the country. For him, the sheer rugged beauty that surrounds places like Splendid Inn Port Edward, also part of the Premier Hotels & Resort portfolio, makes the time he has to spend away from home a bit more appealing.

If not brainstorming with colleagues in the Tuscan-style conference facilities at Splendid Inn Port Edward, one could easily break away to the Wild Coast, which is less than ten minutes away. Here, the entertainment options include an 18-hole golf course and gaming mecca. But after a full day of strategizing, you will not be blamed for staying put and enjoying the Old Mariner’s Restaurant where meal times become a full dining experience, with a relaxing atmosphere and tantalising menu.

“Sometimes, it’s adding little bits of leisure that can turn a business trip into a treat,” concludes Sandham.

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