Arrived in Jo-burg and went straight to hotel, the Sandton Sun located in Sandton, a large business and financial district filled with hotels, shopping complex and residential area.
We found the traffic to be very congested on the highways from the airport to Sandton. It took about 50 minutes. First impressions of the hotel were very good. A large 5* hotel, big rooms with internet connections, large flat screen TV. Room service entailed two visits, once to clean and change towels etc and later to turn down bed /close curtains, put out slippers etc and of course the chocolate on the pillow!
They are very geared up for the business traveller with a Business centre offering computers, printers, faxes etc. From inside the hotel you have access to Sandton City Shopping Centre, large collection of department stores, fashion shops variety of smaller shops.
We managed to get lost quite a few times trying to get our bearings. But found Mandela Square with all the restaurants surrounding the statue of Nelson Mandela.
We met with a candidate and took him to lunch in the hotel restaurant.
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Singapore is without a doubt one of the easiest, and most comfortable cities in Asia to navigate and network, making it a breeze for even the most heavily booked business trips. With Changi Airport being only a 6.5 hour flight from Australia, 3.5 hours from Hong Kong, and 12.5 from Heathrow, you’ve only just got time to learn (and sometimes forget) the name of your new found aeroplane companions.
On my recent trip to Singapore, I was reminded of just how pain free business travel can be when the city your visiting is geared for international business. With more and more multinational insurance companies building their regional offices in Singapore, the city state has made every effort to fully embrace the steady influx of Western investment over the years. With a highly efficient underground system “The MRT”, and clean taxi’s at every corner, navigating your way around the city is a simple pursuit.
With every tour of Singapore there are always a few actuaries up for a few drinks at Boat and Clarke Quay. As two of Singapore’s well patronised night-life spots, Boat and Clarke Quay opt as an excellent way to meet and mingle amongst the city’s professional workforce. On this particular Thursday night, Clarke Quay is so busy that finding a spare table becomes a bit of a mission, and we comically question “Recession? What Recession?”. Its a sentiment shared throughout. Whilst Singapore’s economy has no doubt seen better days, there is a sense of resilience in the market with a focus to the future.
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