Business Showcase

It’s nearly impossible to imagine the impact that Metro Madrid had on residents of Spain’s capital city when it first arrived one hundred years ago in 1919. The city’s overground tram system had been in operation for nearly 50 years, having opened in 1872, but the metro was truly a game-changer. The route between the stations Sol and Cuatro Caminos on tram had previously taken more than half an hour; now it is a 10-minute journey

Guyana, the small country on the north coast of South America, is a country like no other on the continent. Unlike every other country on the continent, its people speak English. Cricket, rather than football, is the sport of choice. Home to less than one million people, its population is one of the smallest on the continent, coming in just ahead of Suriname and French Guinea.

Over the past 50 years, Abu Dhabi and its sister emirates in the UAE have provided the world with an example of how well-planned sustainable investments can bring a country from being a relative outsider to the foreground. A series of national strategic plans, the latest of which runs to 2030, have ensured the emirate has never rested on what it has already achieved.

It is only fitting that Italy’s largest airport is named Leonardo da Vinci Airport, after the man who designed the first helicopter and flying machine in 1480. Also known as Rome Fiumicino, the airport was initially used during the 1960 Olympics to cope with the additional traffic congestion from Rome Ciampino airport. It officially started operating in 1961, and since then has undergone modernisation over the years, currently operating four runways. The airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports, serving 41.7 million passengers in 2016.  

When Business Excellence first visited Codelco’s Chuquicamata mine all the way back in 2013, what stuck out most was the sheer scale of the operations. As the biggest copper mine in the world, the vital statistics of Chuquicamata are quite staggering; at the time, before a modernization of the mine had begun, it was already producing 366,000 tons of fine copper per year and proven mineral resources totalling 4,200 million tons.

Only a handful of cities in the world can claim a history as rich and diverse as that of Prague. During the thousand years of its existence, Prague has been home to Holy Roman Emperors, a seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, capital of Bohemia and even one of the most important cities in the eastern bloc after the second world war.

Figures recently released by the Costa Rican Tourist Board show that tourism in the small Central American country is thriving. The number of tourists entering the country has risen every year since 2010, reaching a total of just over 3 million visitors - the first time it has achieved that landmark figure. None of this would have been possible without the stellar contribution of Central America’s second largest airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport (“SJO”).

Tel Aviv is not only Israel’s second city by population and its business capital, it is also globally recognized as one of the world’s most innovative startup hubs. In addition, according to one 2018 report, more than 300 large multinational firms have set up research and development centers in Israel – mostly in Tel Aviv – to take advantage of its young, tech-savvy population.

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The geography of southern Europe is dominated by mountain ranges such as the Alps and the Pyrenees. Although the mountainous terrain contributes to the outstanding natural beauty, for millennia, it has confounded travelers, often leaving them with no choice but to face arduous and sometimes dangerous journeys around the mountains to reach their destinations.