The internet made many things possible across the globe, the most important being communication. Not just any communication, however, worldwide communication. The internet has made the world a significantly smaller place, with business now able to communicate and do business with other services around the globe.
On top of opening up a new world for potential business opportunities, it also opened up a new world of entertaining international guests. Small to medium businesses which aren’t used to dealing with international clients are now in the position where they can, however, they are also in an unfamiliar position of entertaining international business guests.
If this sounds like your predicament, keep reading.
From accommodation to dining and entertainment, do what you can to give your guest a local experience. Realize that they have likely already visited your country before and have seen all of the tourist signs they need and want to.
Instead, if you know of a local restaurant which serves a cuisine known to your city, take them there. If you need entertainment, look for local theatre spaces in your area. If your guest is looking for international events, check out areas around the city where your office are.
Remember that an international visitor wants to take the opportunity to learn as much as they can about your country and culture, so be sure to give them a good local experience
Spend Your Money Wisely
Do you know what the difference is between a gift which you bought at a department store and one which you ordered from the Groupon Coupons page for Overstock? Neither will your client! Whether it’s a gift, accommodation, flights, or even entertainment while your guests are in town, if you are paying for something attributed to their stay, look around to see if you can get it for a cheaper price.
While large entertainment budgets may be something a large company has, smaller businesses simply can’t afford it, leaving them to think that they aren’t able to do business internationally or entertain international guests.
If they are arriving by plane, meet them at the airport. If they are arriving by train, be sure to collect them from the station. However, your guest will be arriving, be sure that you personally collect them and take them to their accommodations, and not simply send an employee or order a car or a taxi.
The reason for this is to make a good first impression. Not just with your business, but for your city. More than just your business, if you’re visiting guest doesn’t feel comfortable from the moment that they arrive then it could put a negative tone on your business dealings, leading to less than fruitful discussions and a potentially wasted visit.
When it comes to entertaining business guests, the best thing to consider is common sense. If you think that you are going to make an offensive comment, simply look for a different way to say it. Keeping in mind small items like this and staying aware of yourself is the best way forward.