Melbourne, often considered the culture capital, is the second largest city in Australia. Not only is it known as the Europe enclave of the country, international corporations and businesses fill the city with their offices, bringing many interstate and international business travellers. Here are a few tips for the numerous people on business trips.
From the airport:
Like most airports there are taxis, buses and rental cars to transport visitors to the city. However the SkyBus offers a very efficient and economical way into the city centre.
SkyBus offers an express bus service from the airport to the city centre. This service operates 24/7, every 10 minutes.
Tickets can be purchased on arrival at the bus stop or online.
On arrival at Southern Cross Station in the city, SkyBus provides a complimentary hotel transfer service, subject to availability.
There is plenty of Melbourne business accommodation in and around the CBD, however free WiFi is not as common as you'd think in Australia so be sure to find a hotel that offers complimentary internet. Often, time is of the essence when on business trips so being short walking distance from transport or even enquiring about Melbourne conference packages in your Melbourne hotel will make your stay more efficient. Other services to look for are express and late check out, 24 hour room service and reception.
Melbourne has a a well structured public transport system with buses, trains and trams. The Central Business District is compact and walking or a short tram ride is generally sufficient.
Formal attire (suits for men and office appropriate clothes for women) is usually worn for business purposes. Melbourne is one of the cooler cities in Australia so suit jackets are common, however ties are not always necessary. Work lunches/ lunch meetings are very popular in Australia and smart casual dress (collared top and closed toed shoes) is acceptable in most restaurants and bars, keeping in mind that flip flops and sneakers will keep you from entering most trendier/fashionable restaurants.
A friendly handshake is the customary business greeting throughout Australia. Addressing people on a first name basis is the common practice in both social and business situations.
Most offices and businesses in the city of Melbourne are open on weekdays between 09:00 to 17:30 with the exception of retail stores extending their hours to 20:00 or 21:00 on Thursdays evenings. Some banks will be open on Saturdays in the morning but this should be checked in advance.
Australians are quite health conscious as a whole and smoking is banned indoors from restaurants and bars, however some places cater for smokers by having an open-air area. Offices and business in Sydney also have a 'no smoking' policy. A drink or two at a work lunch especially on Fridays is acceptable and a good sense of humour will get you far with Australians.
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