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Economist: Detroit Among Top Ten for Biz Travel

Economist magazine has ranked Detroit the seventh best city for business travel in the world. The listing compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit places Detroit among fine company, just behind Vancouver, Toronto, Adelaide, Honolulu, Perth, and Auckland. The "D" beat out Atlanta, Montreal, and Vienna in the top ten. Ratings were based on an index of zero to 100 with zero representing "an ideal business trip" and 100 deeming the city "intolerable." Top-ranked Vancouver was rated 8.0, and Detroit came in at 11.9. Economist noted comparatively low per-diem rates as boosters for U.S. cities overall.

The Economist Intelligence Unit compares 140 cities as business travel venues, considering travel costs, infrastructure, stability, health care and culture. Each city's per-diem rate includes a single-night hotel accommodation, one simple meal, one two-course meal, two five-kilometer taxi trips, one drink at the hotel bar, and one foreign daily newspaper.

Business travelers are always welcome in Detroit, and the Economist reminds us what a good deal it is.

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