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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
Offering a creative spin on the standard transportation gives high-end hotels an opportunity to differentiate themselves from the competition and introduce their brands before guests even arrive.
… While most business travelers still use car, limousine and shuttle van services provided by their hotel, there are a growing number of options.
The Affinia Dumont and Affinia Shelburne in Manhattan offer complimentary teal and yellow bikes, complete with helmets and front baskets to stow briefcases. Business travelers use the bikes to maintain their fitness regimen on the road, do some sightseeing and to commute to meetings, said Alex Spektor, general manager at the Affinia Dumont.
“Some tell me that biking to the meeting instead of riding in the back of a taxi helps them arrive with a clear mind,” he said.