A General Guide to Hosting International Business Guests
With the invent of the internet, surviving a global economy means participating in it. Despite a mutual desire to make money, one of the challenges is often understanding a foreign culture and ensuring that you don’t accidentally insult your business guests.
A task often easier said than done. To help you with this business endeavor, below are some tips to consider.
Keep it Local
There is a good chance that your visitor has already eaten from the large chains which your country is known for or has tasted any of the primary flavors which people associate with your country. Instead, take them to a local place which you yourself enjoy, and a place which you think is a good representation of your town or city.
While it may seem strange to take an international guest to your favorite pizza or pasta restaurant where you know the chef, they will have gained a unique travel experience and one which will enrich their memory of meeting you.
Keep Them Entertained
If your guests have a day or two extra while they are visiting to enjoy your city, be sure to take them out to see the sights or to experience a local adventure. If you are not sure, sites like the Groupon Coupons page for the Best of Orlando for great ideas to get you started.
When choosing your entertainment, try to stick with safe activities, such as theatre visits or local art shows. While a visit to a music based event may seem fine for you, it could pose a problem for your guest, making them uncomfortable.
Don’t Forget to Pamper Them
Many business cultures expect the receiving party to provide pampering experiences, such as spa visits of similar. If you are looking to keep your costs down, think local. If your visitor is male, consider a facial and a shave at a local barber boutique. Similarly, for a female visitor, look for a local nail salon which is well-known for its designs.
Of course, it never hurts to go large. If you have the budget for it, a day at a high-end health and beauty spa is a great way to keep your guests both entertained and pampered during their free time and is a great way to create a positive business and personal relationship.
If your guest is arriving via airplane, personally collect them from the airport. If they arriving via bus, be sure to collect them at an earlier arrival point to lessen their bus journey. The point of the tip is to be sure that you personally greet your guests as they arrive to ensure their first experiences visiting your country to meet you are positive ones.
In the international business world, it can only benefit you, as a business owner, to make special considerations and effort when hosting guests from another country. This list is a great way to get you started with preparing to entertain international guests and help you build strong working relationships.