New York City, San Francisco, Boston. No, this article is NOT about those destinations, which are among the most expensive cities for business travel. Sending an employee to those cities for work can cost more than $500 a day. Not surprisingly then, demand is growing for conferences and business meetings to be held in less expensive cities.
That’s our focus for this article: the cheapest cities for business travel, as ranked in Business Travel News’ 2017 Corporate Travel Index. The publication considered average hotel and car rental costs, along with the average cost of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With that data, it ranked 100 cities.
So, if you want to save your company and clients some money, consider Norfolk instead of New York, Biloxi instead of Boston, and Corpus Christi instead of San Francisco. These are among the 20 cities on the bottom of Business Travel News’ list.
Top 10 Cheapest Cities for Business Travel
The numbers cited are per-day costs.
Rental car: $42.62
2. Biloxi, Mississippi
Rental car: $43.43
Rental car: $44.25
Rental car: $45.13
Rental car: $45.19
Rental car: $49.13
Rental car: $41.20
Rental car: $45.31
Rental car: $44.27
Rental car: $59.11
Next 10 Cheapest Cities, Total Per Diem
11. Akron, Ohio
13. Roanoke, Virginia
18. Dayton, Ohio
20. Mobile, Alabama
If you’re traveling to any of these cities for business or pleasure for a week or more, consider corporate housing instead of a hotel. Though corporate housing usually leases by the week or month, the average daily rate for short-term rentals is often less than hotels in the market.
Find corporate housing nationwide on CorporateHousing.com.