The Lure of Bengaluru
India’s technology hub is one of the world’s hottest business travel spots
India’s technology center is one of the world’s hottest business travel spots
In the rarefied atmosphere of the most frequented business destinations in the world, most cities on the list do not surprise – NewYork, London, Beijing, Tokyo. But one stands out as an exception of sorts – Bangalore. This ancient Indian city has emerged as something of an international superstar, owing mainly to its status as a major center of the country’s burgeoning IT industry, appropriating for itself the name the Silicon Valley of India. All that technology has attracted interests from all over the globe, so much so that, among the Top 20 most visited international cities for business, Bangalore ranks number 12, according to integrated travel and expense management company Concur.
According to the list, Bangalore beat such worthy locales as Amsterdam, Sydney, Bangkok and even its nearest Indian neighbor, Mumbai. The rankings were based on the number of overnight hotel stays and were drawn from expense data for nine nations worldwide, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and India.
Bangalore is the anglicized version of Bengaluru, a return to the original spelling and pronunciation of the name in the Kannada language native to the region. In 2007, the city officially adopted Bengaluru as its new/old name. However, despite the official