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Subject spotlight: Understanding business on a global scale

As the world becomes more interconnected and the global economy grows, understanding business and cultures around the world becomes more and more important.

That’s why we have seen more of our faculty-led groups interested in business-themed programs in destinations around the world.

We have helped groups arrange tours, meetings and presentations at companies (both small and large) in destinations throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Some of our groups have visited Volkswagen offices in Shanghai, explored a family-run pasta factory in Italy (below), met a private restaurant owner in Havana, and even met with executives from the Serie B soccer league in Italy as part of a sports management program.

We also have produced a number of programs primarily focused on business. Some of our most successful business itineraries include:

  • Business in Spain and Portugal — Get an in-depth view of business on the Iberian Peninsula during visits to Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona — as well as stops along the way. Groups experience all the sights and cultural highlights while exploring businesses and visiting the U.S. Embassies in Lisbon and Madrid. Outside of Lisbon, students visit the Marmelo Mill, a modern marvel designed to produce olive oil for the Sovena Group, a prominent “glocal” company. In Madrid, students tour Iveco, a European-based company that operates on five continents by combining innovation and environmental stewardship to design and produce commercial vehicles of all sizes. And in Barcelona, students visit Renfe, a key state-owned rail company; the HCC Hotels group, a major Spanish success story; and the Espanyol soccer club, including a presentation on the club’s marketing efforts by its marketing director.

  • Doing Business in China — Groups are immersed in Chinese culture and learn about business in this economically vital country while visiting the prospering cities of Beijing, Xi’An and Shanghai. In addition to touring some of China's most spectacular sights, groups enjoy rewarding visits to the Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group in Beijing; St. Michael Hospital, a key international hospital in Shanghai; and Beijing Foreign Studies University, one of China’s top universities known as the “Cradle of Diplomats.” Students also explore the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen, Terracotta Warriors, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and, of course, the Great Wall. 

  • Business in Paris and Milan — Explore two iconic cities of fashion and high culture. In Paris, groups visit the Louis Vuitton flagship store, including a presentation on marketing and communications; and ARINC, a global company that offers systems and service solutions to airline, airport, ground handling and air traffic management customers. In Milan, groups visit AIM Group International, a leader in meeting and conference management; Samsung Electronics Italia S.P.A., where groups meet with the head of marketing and external relations; and Fondazione Altagamma, which brings together high-end Italian brands to help promote top-quality Italian industries, including fashion, design, food, jewelry and hospitality.

Regardless if you’re traveling on a business-themed program, or adding business elements to any HTP program, we always provide cultural context, giving groups the necessary cultural immersion in their destinations. They not only explore the important historic and significant sights, but they also can enjoy free time to make their own discoveries.

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Steve Hart
Hart Travel Partners