Ep. 06 – Reading do Texto: 10 best cities for business travel – leitura em ingles
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No episódio de hoje, tem uma pitadinha diferente. Ele é dedicado para quem quer melhorar o Listening e o Reading.
M: Yep, It’s really kind.
Teacher Ca: Sempre com temas super interessantes. A gente vai acompanhar o professor Paul lendo um texto totalmente em Inglês. E o tema de hoje é sobre Ten Best Cities For Business Travel – As Dez Melhores Cidades Para Viagens De Negócios. E se você quiser acompanhar o texto, ele está na descrição aqui abaixo. Vamos conferir?
M: Let it begin.
Paul: 10 Best Cities For Business Travel
These cities have it all: great airports, access to comfortable and affordable accommodation, public transport and fun things to do in the off-hours. Los Angeles is the best city in the United States for business travel, according to a new study by Fundera, an online marketplace for small business financial solutions.
The Study Reports: According to research by Expedia, more than 60% of travelers extend business trips for leisure purposes. This means that the destination matters more than ever. These so-called “bleisure” (business + leisure) travelers take an average of six business trips per year.
In order to figure out the best cities for Bleisure, Fundera used a unique methodology.
The company states: “We started our analysis with a ranking of the 51 largest U.S. cities by population. Then, we evaluated each city based on the metrics listed below. Census data treats some nearby cities as part of a single metropolitan area, so where appropriate (Long Beach and Los Angeles, for example), we’ve referred to the metropolitan area. After assigned each metric a weight proportional to its importance, we developed a ranking of the best business travel destinations for 2019.”
Hotel Availability and Cost (30% of Ranking)
One of the most important requirements for business travelers is convenient, affordable accommodation. The more hotel rooms that a city or metropolitan area has, the easier it is for business travelers to find an appropriate option, even if booking a trip last minute. Availability of more hotel rooms also makes a region well suited for hosting a large event or conference. Hotel cost is an important metric in its own right and acts as a proxy for other expenses, such as rental car and food.
Data on the number of hotel rooms in each destination comes from the Census Bureau’s 2016 Country Business Patterns Survey(latest available data). Hotel cost data comes from Business Travel News’ 2018 Corporate Travel Index. Together, hotel room availability and cost account for 30% of the ranking.
Commute Distance and Time (25% of Ranking)
Being stuck in traffic can delay you for an important meeting or event, so Fundera evaluated distance and travel time from each destination’s major airport to downtown. Fundera used rush hour (8 a.m. on a Monday) when checking travel time, given that this is when most business meetings or conferences would occur. This data comes from Google Maps and comprises 25% of the ranking.
Dining and Entertainment Establishments (15% of Ranking)
Business trips afford many opportunities for dining and entertainment. You might want to dine with a client, participate in a fun team bonding activity, or explore the city after a long day of meetings. Fundera used the Census Bureau’s 2016 Country Business Patterns Survey(latest available data) to find out the number of dining and entertainment establishments in each city. The Census data displays duplicates establishment numbers for some industry codes, so this data is approximated and accounts for 15% of the ranking.
Public Transportation Access (15% of Ranking)
Globally, business travel expenses are increasing, and businesses spend more than 20% of their travel budget on car-related expenses, such as car rental, taxis, fuel, and tolls. Utilizing public transportation can help small business owners cut back on travel expenses. Fundera used the National Transit Database’s 2017 Service Data(latest available data) to find the number of public transportation trips per capita in each destination. Public transportation access accounts for 15% of the total ranking.
Convention Center Size (10% of Ranking)
According to a survey by American Express, the number of in-person meetings and events is expected to increase globally this year. Business events are also expected to have more attendees and last for a longer time. This means that the best business travel destinations should be well-equipped to host events. Fundera evaluated each city based on the square footage of the local convention center. Data comes from the websites of the individual convention centers and accounts for 10% of the total ranking.
Alternative Transportation Bonus (5% of Ranking)
Some business travelers are relying more and more on alternative methods of transportation. Electric scooters have popped up in dozens of cities across the U.S. Together, Bird and Lime, the two most popular scooter companies, have provided more than 30 million rides. Many cities are instituting regulations to authorize scooters or regulate scooters that are already in use. Scooters cost $1 to rent plus 15 cents per minute. Helicopter sharing is much less common than scootering, but significantly more expensive.
Fundera assigned a low weight—five percent—to this category because scooters and helicopter-sharing still haven’t become mainstream transportation options for business travelers.
Key findings included:
- Large cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, dominated the top 10 business travel destinations. This is due to easy hotel access and a plethora of dining and entertainment options.
- However, some smaller cities made a strong showing, with Miami and Atlanta in the top 10. Smaller cities received high scores for affordability, light traffic, and convenient access to downtown.
- There are some regional overlaps in the best destinations for business travel. For example, Los Angeles and Long Beach both earned high points as business travel destinations, as did the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington region of Texas.
- Six of this year’s top 10 business travel destinations are coastal regions. In particular, California has three coastal regions in the top 10.
Teacher Ca: Que bacana esta leitura com o professor Paul do Cambly. Uma boa oportunidade para melhorar nosso Reading e ainda aprendermos sobre coisas diferentes, viu só?
Então a melhor cidade para viagens a negócios – the best city for business travel – de acordo com este estudo, é Los Angeles; conhecida por suas iniciais LA, e apelidada como cidade dos anjos.
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