Hong Kong Business Travelling Hacks to Save You Time, Stress and Money
As glamorous or exciting as travelling for business may sound, unfortunately the reality isn’t as sweet when your flights get delayed, luggage is lost, or your hotel wasn’t all it promised to be. Fear not. With these helpful hacks and tips, your business travel to one of the busiest cities in Asia, can be a walk in the park. Perhaps, even quite literally.
1. Plan Ahead
1. Plan Ahead
- A business trip to Hong Kong may seem daunting but if you download an itinerary app to your phone or device, you’ll easily be able to keep tabs on your itinerary and travel details at the touch of a button. If possible have a copy available offline just in case, you are unable to connect to the internet at any point.
- If you travel regularly, why not sign up to a loyalty program to get rewards as you travel.
- Let people know on social media that you’ll be in Hong Kong, for some local knowledge and tips of where to go and see while in the area.
- Sometimes, the best is saved until last when it comes to seats on flights, so why not leave picking your seats until you get assigned them. Chances are the more expensive (and desirable) seats will be the last remaining ones.
- Download a transportation app before arriving so you can easily get to your hotel once you're on the ground. Upon arriving in Hong Kong one of the first things to do is buy yourself an Octopus Card - this electronic smart card can be used throughout the city to pay for travel on every form of the city’s efficient public transportation system.
- Take pictures or download maps of the area you need to be just in case you get lost.
- You never know who you might end up next to on your flight so download a bunch of episodes of your favorite podcasts, audio book or music.
2. Travel Light
- Even if it’s free to check-in your bags, opt for the carry-on. Aside from enabling you to quickly get out of the airport once your flight lands, having your bags with you also makes sure your things don't get lost in transit. Make sure to choose a comfy, versatile bag you can easily stuff business cards and passport into.
- Pack a mini first aid kit with all your essentials. When you’ve got a splitting headache the last thing you’ll be wanting to do is track down the nearest pharmacy.
- Pack a power strip and extra chargers for all your travelling and days at the conference, to ensure you’re never caught without power just at the most inconvenient moment. Remember in another country you may need to bring a power adapter. Hong Kong’s electrical sockets take a three-pronged, UK style plug which is the same used in Dubai and Singapore.
- Pack clothes that can all match, so that depending on the weather and events of the day, your wardrobe will be easily interchangeable. Don’t forget to bring a jacket or sweater, even in the summer as sometimes conferences can be a little on the chilly side.
- Buy a reusable bag for your liquids and fill it with reusable containers of your favorite shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and lotion.
- Don’t take your brand-new shoes that you've never worn before. You won't know how painful they might be until you're wearing them all day.
3. Upgrade Your Accommodation
- Want an upgrade? Paying that little extra or using some rewards points, can make all the difference.
- Want to relax after a long day at the conference? Pick up some bath salts to use in your hotel's giant bathtub or make full use of the hotel’s facilities, such as the free access to rooftop outdoor swimming pool, steam and sauna rooms at Hotel VIC.
- Stay connected. At Hotel VIC you’ll have free use of lightning-fast Wi-Fi Internet access for unlimited devices in addition to free use of smartphone with unlimited connection in the city and free IDD to Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, USA & UK.
- If you're looking for a place to eat at the last minute, why not stay in and check out the dining options at your hotel. At Hotel VIC you can choose to dine at the sophisticated rooftop restaurant Cruise, enjoy views overlooking the harbour at the all-dining restaurant The Farm House and Farm House Deli, or opt for an elegant al fresco dining experience at Harbour North.
4. Boost Your Business
- Even if you are planning to check emails and messages during the conference, set up an out-of-office reply to let people know you might be slow to respond and when possible, sign out of all your company's instant messaging programs for distraction free travelling.
- If you’re one of the ones arranging the business travel to Hong Kong, choosing a suitable conference location is essential. At Hotel VIC the experienced event planners will help select the most appropriate venue and provide technical support through provision of the latest audio-visual equipment.
- Scout out the conference agenda in advance to get an idea of what sessions you’ll be attending, so you know when you want to grab front seat or if it’s time to relax at the back.
- Networking can be awkward, so minimise the awkwardness by memorising a few icebreakers and tactful exit lines.