Personal relationships are very important when doing business in Buenos Aires so take time to chat about non-work-related topics and get to know your contacts. Most business in Argentina is done in Spanish so consider getting some business cards printed in the language and learning a few phrases. Conservative dress is also important.
Hotel Lafayette www.lafayettehotel.com.ar is a good bet. It is spacious and elegant and in a good location in the city centre near to the pedestrianised streets of Florida and Lavalle which are prime shopping areas. There is also a sauna and gym which are perfect to unwind in.
Buenos Aires is a foody's paradise so travellers will have no problem finding a delicious meal. Sabot (25 de Mayo 756, tel 4313 6587) is one of the prime locations for a business lunch. It offers traditional food and, according to some, the capital’s best pepper steak. Main dishes start from around £4 and reservations are recommended in advance.
Debar (Av Rivadavia 1132, tel 4381 6876) is a popular hangout for business people, travellers and expats alike, and makes a good spot for a post-work drink. Another bonus is that there is a nightly happy hour here until midnight.
British Airways flies daily to Buenos Aires. Other airlines fly via hubs: TAM flies daily via Sao Paulo; Aerolineas Argentinas, Iberia and Air Europa all via Madrid; Air France via Paris. Other options also require a connection in Europe, the US or South America. All arrive into Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza airport which lies 35km south of the city centre.
From Ezeiza airport you can take a shuttle bus to the city which should cost around £5 and take around 40 minutes. Alternatively you can grab a cab – for the best rates go to the city’s official taxi stand, Taxi Ezeiza, which will charge around £15.
Buenos Aires is an uber-fashionable city – nicknamed the 'Paris of Latin America' – and as such you should dress to impress! The local currency is the Argentinean peso which you will find can stretch quite far in a city with such a wide range of accommodation and restaurant options. The time zone is GMT-3hrs. See: www.turismo.gov.ar