Written on 15th September 2016 by Nicole Unsworth

Global Business Travel: Melbourne and Manchester rank among ‘Most Liveable Cities’

According to the latest results of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking 2016 – which assigns scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities all over the globe – Melbourne has retained the prestigious title of the world’s most liveable city for the fifth year in succession.

On the other side of the world, Manchester has been listed ten places above the British capital, London. A place very much on the rise, this sometimes overlooked city should be on the list of corporate travel companies everywhere as a global business travel destination.

Overall, however, liveability across the world has deteriorated in 29 of the 140 cities (or 20%) surveyed over the last 12 months. The fall is predominantly as a result of increased fears over terrorism, with over 1,000 attacks reported over the course of the last 12 months – including high-profile cases in France, Turkey, the US and Belgium.

Additional factors – such as social unrest in various US cities, tensions in Eastern Europe and Asia, and the ongoing civil wars in Syria and Libya – have compounded the significant decline in liveability in certain cities. When it comes to organising events and travel, it is vital that corporate travel companies take world affairs into account.

The rating, which is part of the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, quantifies challenges that can impact on the lifestyle of individuals across five categories: stability, healthcare, education, culture and environment, and infrastructure.

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As one of the leading corporate travel companies with a worldwide presence, staff at The Appointment Group are now more prepared than ever to deal with travel security risks. The global business travel team is based across global offices – including locations in Melbourne and Manchester – and staff always conduct thorough research into destinations, specific city areas and cultural awareness when planning travel or events with clients.

With global offices and an inbuilt travel portal, TAG is able to alert travellers to any changes in their itinerary. TAG’s local knowledge also means they can recommend the best routes of travel, and they can help you avoid busy periods. The result? A safe and smooth journey at all times.

What’s more, TAG’s dedicated 24-hour emergency team work in house, around the clock, to provide an emergency service for any travellers outside of office hours. They’ve got all bases covered, from Manchester to Melbourne and beyond.

For more information on The Appointment Group’s global event management services, please contact the team here.

Source: Economist Intelligence Unit

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