Mississauga makes list of top business travel destinations


Published September 15, 2023 at 11:13 am

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When you think about business travel, you don’t often think about Mississauga–but perhaps you should.

Hickory Global Partners, a global corporate travel alliance, recently announced that Mississauga is one of the top 10 cities for international business travel, along with major cities such as London, Toronto, Montreal, Stockholm, Calgary, Dubai, Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney. 

In a news release, Hickory said those cities were the most popular destinations in the spring of 2023.

It came up with the results after analyzing the number of member bookings through its platform and the average daily rate of spend. Hickory says it has over 2,500 members spread across approximately 74 countries.

Hickory also released the top 10 most popular destinations in the U.S. for business travellers, which included major cities such as New York City, Chicago, San Diego, Las Vegas, Austin and others. 

“While the majority of the top cities for business travel, both domestically and internationally, have previously been identified as corporate travel hubs, many cities, including Houston and Orlando, have since increased in popularity due to new construction, reemerging conferences, or progressing business landscapes,” said Chris Dane, president of Hickory, in a statement. 

“Meanwhile, new cities that have made our most recent list – like Mississauga, for example – have come as a surprise.”

While the news might be surprising, Mississauga–which is home to Pearson International Airport and a wide array of businesses–has become something of a corporate hub. Last fall, the city was ranked among the top 20 best locations in Canada in which to get business done. 

Those rankings were compiled by U.S.-based Site Selection magazine, which published the results in its September issue. 

At the time, City officials said Mississauga has the right assets that businesses need to grow. Adding that the city boasts access to a strong and connected supply chain, international market connectivity, and a large, talented workforce, city officials pointed out that companies such as Bombardier, KMX Technology, Cyclone Manufacturing, GSK Canada and others have all invested in the municipality. 

In its release, Hickory points out that the list of the top 10 international travel destinations features four Canadian cities because of the country’s proximity to the U.S.  

“Many multinational companies have a significant presence in both the U.S. and Canada,” the release reads. 

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