Additional lyrics in his song "Style" by the Artist might be: style is not buying your ticket first class it's paying a discount fare and being as comfortable as if you had. It's not sprinting like O.J. to get to your rental car, it's planning ahead so you can arrive with the cool that you are.
As business travel has become more and more a part of our careers, many have learned that successful business travel can help advance your career. Mastering the art of arriving on time, organized, and stress-free can make the difference between dealmaker and dealbreaker, or promotion and passed-over.
ORGANIZATION IS KEY
There are certain assets that render a successful business traveler the envy of their peers. They include an electronic organizer for appointments, notes, expenses, phone numbers, and addresses; a communications tool for phone, paging, fax, and e-mail; and a laptop. Consider the new Pdq Smartphone from Qualcomm, a cell phone that uses Palm technology and software. It allows you to do all of the aforementioned and hot syncs with your PC or Mac-based computer so you can update your home office in seconds. Traveling light is a venerable skill. Master it with the sleek Sony C1 Picturebook, a mini laptop computer. Weighing in at just 1.8 pounds, it packs 4.0 gigabytes and comes with accessories and peripherals that make it an astounding business tool for everything from video conferencing to projecting power presentations to a packed conference hall.
Unless you have also mastered the art of entirely paperless travel, it is a good idea to invest in a travel organizer which holds all your airline frequent flyer cards, affinity membership cards, calling cards, passport, identification, and other travel documents. It's a great way to keep everything you need handy when making travel arrangements as well as when on the go.
AFFINITY AND BEYOND
Affinity programs are a great way to save travel dollars and give to your favorite organization. These special promotional programs are offered by companies such as Sprint, American Express, Visa and MasterCard, who give a portion of the profit that they make back to the organization which promotes their product. They also provide you exclusive entitlement to privileges and discounts on airfare, hotel, car rental, and even participating restaurants. Many offer frequent flyer mileage credits in addition to discounts. Because they are exclusive to select chains or brands, it might be a good idea to join one or two that include those that you prefer or are available in most cities. Or, you might consider one that gives back to your university alumni association or professional organization.
When you're in control, where you meet to conduct your business is a direct reflection on you. When time is of the essence, mirror success by choosing an airline business club. They can provide a quiet, convenient and conducive atmosphere for small meetings. If you're planning a bigger event, there are a host of service people ready to assist you with the details. From site selection to audio-visual needs, there are meeting planners in every city who specialize in events of all sizes. Helpful websites include mmaweb.com/ meetings and eventplanner.com. Both provide directories for facilities and services across the US and abroad.
HEY, WHERE DID YOU GET THAT?
No Neiman Marcus, Norstrom, or Brooks Brothers where you live? If you find one in the city you are traveling to, you might be able to save while you shop. How is that possible? If you have your items shipped back home, you may not have to pay sales tax. Shipping charges are usually much less than the total sales tax. If you shop in different parts of the store, make sure you ship all items from one department at the same time so you only pay one charge.
Airport gift shops are helpful for last-minute gifts to bring home to kids who missed you, secretaries who helped your trip go smoothly, and the babysitter who kept everything under control back at home.
ADAM'S MARK HOTELS
Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts Division was founded in 1973. Today, this fast growing division encompasses 21 major hotel properties in 13 states.
Adam's Mark Hotel & Resorts provides first class accommodations for business travelers and vacationers, facilities for conventions and business meetings, and fine restaurants and entertainment lounges for the local community.
Hotels within the 11,000+ room system are located in Buffalo, NY; Charlotte, NC; Clearwater Beach, FL; Columbia, SC; Colorado Springs, CO; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; Daytona Beach, FL; Denver, CO; .Grand Junction, CO; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Kansas City, MO; Memphis, TN; Mobile, AL; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; St. Louis, MO; San Antonio, TX; Tulsa, OK; and Winston-Salem, NC.
HBE has combined its national design/building experience with the strength of its growing Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts division to develop a particular expertise in taking on major, complex downtown redevelopment/conversion projects in close cooperation with municipalities and redevelopment agencies.
Adam's Mark is proud of its efforts in diversity. We are especially proud of the fact that 55% of our over 8500 employees are minorities. In addition 21% of our supervisory/ management staff consists of minorities.
13 percent of the Division Managers and Supervisors at our 21 hotels are African-American as is 18 percent of our accounting/ finance staff. This is compared to an industry average, in these areas, of 9.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In the words of Fred S. Kummer, President and CEO of...