Business Class supplement May 2006
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SCOTLAND'S image as a tartan and shortbread nation has largely been banished. The country is now seen as a thriving, modern nation, open for business (witness Donald Trump's plans for a golf course complex on the Aberdeenshire coast) and open to receiving those who wish to discuss their business on Scottish soil.
JAM-PACKED low-cost flights full of Scots jetting off on business and short breaks to Europe have seen passenger numbers at Prestwick International Airport in Ayrshire hit an all-time high.
CONNECTIVITY is the new buzz word which sums up the Scottish Executive's aim to achieve a "smart, successful Scotland".
AS CONFERENCES and conventions become increasingly like mini theatre productions, high quality audio-visual presentation, streamlined staging, and cutting-edge technology are becoming essential elements of any event.
IN BUSINESS, first impressions are important. The aim is to present a well-groomed professional front, which exudes confidence and competence.
TRAVEL is all about getting from one place to another for various purposes and while the key factors are costs, timings, comfort and facilities, these days there is another important strand to it all and it is called connectivity.
MOST of us are old enough and experienced enough to know that journeys don't always happen the way they do in the itineraries.
HEALTH should be at the top of any business travel checklist. Staying well when abroad is simple with the appropriate planning. Most people only consider this a problem when holidaying with young children, but being stuck in a hotel bedroom alone when an important meeting is happening without you is a truly miserable place to be.
EDINBURGH airport welcomes its second flagship transatlantic carrier next Tuesday (6 June) when Delta Air Lines launches a daily year-round service from the Scottish capital to its hub in Atlanta.
IT WOULD seem that the UK is the only European nation that has adopted the habit of eating, talking, doing business and practically living on the run.
COLD and bleak northern Europe is sometimes seen as a place whose industrious people work too hard ever to crack a smile.
EMIRATES, the Dubai-based international airline, has recently celebrated its second year of operations between Glasgow and Dubai, with the carrier announcing that the route has seen growth of more than 30 per cent in its second year.
THE opportunities for Scottish companies to build trade links with the US have never been stronger - particularly given the recent surge in the number of direct transatlantic flights operating from Scotland's airports.
THERE are two main reasons we head for southern Europe - climate and lifestyle. On a relaxing holiday, however, the idea of doing business there would never cross our minds.
SCOTLAND'S position in the world and its attractiveness as a place to do business depends on our global connections. In the past, Scotland has suffered from a lack of direct air routes, with many travellers having to go through one of the larger English airports first.
THE time travellers spend cooped up in an airplane seat can be used in a variety of ways. Some like to retreat into a private world of their own, some spend most of the time asleep. But for a large minority, this is above all the time to snap open the briefcase or handbag and extract the latest must-have travel gadget.
THERE'S no doubt that relocation to southern European climes can be a surprising experience for families.