10 Business Travel Cities With Big Expenses
1. Santa Clara, Calif.
Average travel spending minus airfare: $644.64
So what do you get for your tops-in-the-nation $335 car rental and $54.50 ride to the airport? Apple(AAPL) . It's that simple. You want to do face-to-face business with Apple and get your company's product integrated into the next iWhatever? You go to Santa Clara and hike it over to Cupertino. Santa Clara's business price tag is just further evidence of Silicon Valley's shift away from San Francisco dependence. If you want to park yourself in the middle of the valley, sit down with companies such as Intel(INTC) , Google(GOOG) , Oracle(ORCL) and other tech heavy hitters, you're coming to Santa Clara and you'll pay what they want you to pay. Yes, lots of young valley professionals still take their freshly lined pockets up to San Francisco condos when the work day's over, but even the San Francisco 49ers can see where the base is shifting. The team will start calling Santa Clara home in 2014 after its new stadium is built there.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.
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