The Lure of Ben­galuru

In­dia’s tech­nol­ogy hub is one of the world’s hottest busi­ness travel spots

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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

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