Making a business trip success involves a number of factors, including ensuring you are well-rested and on your game, protecting and transporting your belongings safely, keeping up with work and office events during your absence, and making every part of your business trip efficient and cost-effective.

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Automation and standardization of travel booking and expense processing have helped slash the indirect costs of managing travel by 42 percent during the past decade to 4.6 percent of the travel and expense tab, down from 5.6 percent in 2003 and 8 percent in 1997. According to a recently released performance and best practices study of 66 European and Asian companies conducted by A.T. Kearney. The study also found opportunities to halve those indirect costs.

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Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is - with 2.2 million people living in the dense (105 kmĀ²) central city and almost 12 million people living in the whole metropolitan area - one of the largest agglomerations in Europe. Located in the north of the country on the river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.

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