FOLLOW THE GUIDEBOOKS in your next destination and they will likely have you pound the pavement in an effort to uncover the hottest of the crowded restaurants or the priciest of the charming boutiques without even breaking a sweat. While there’s something to be said for shopping locally and supporting small businesses, cities often go only partially explored when visitors stick to the concrete pathways and brick-and-mortar establishments within their borders. A destination’s green spaces are often the lifeblood of the city, acting as a place where locals and visitors can breathe in fresh air, commune with nature and maybe even embark on an adventure or two.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
IT WASN’T BY ACCIDENT I arrived early to the train platform that morning. Rumors of the Swiss train system’s punctuality had not only piqued my curiosity but also inspired my 15-minuteearlier wake-up call. I took a seat near my platform in the Zürich Main Station, one of the busiest in the world, and marveled endlessly as the iconic Swiss Railway Clock took its 1.5-second pause before it started its next minute rotation, a design thought to “bring calm in the last moment and easy punctual train departure.”