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Business culture is everywhere

Meet our new colleague, Misha!

Misha van Wieringen, Reservations Manager, has been travelling all her life. Before the age of one she was already taken by her parents into the mountains on a mountain hike. From Svalbard to Georgia, by car to the North Cape, a tour through Costa Rica and that one small island in Japan, Misha has been there. She tasted Cachaça at a local plantation from an old lady in Brazil, attended a traditional wedding in the North-Western part of Cambodia and celebrated Chinese New Year while looking from a skybar at the Taipei 101 in Taiwan.

She is the expert on the known and lesser-known areas. She enjoys to experience other cultures and seeing all the beautiful and different places in the world. Very typical for her is that she did not book an all-inclusive package for her honeymoon to Bali, but she has created a complete tour through South Korea with all kinds of accommodations and means of transport.


Culture differences

Companies continue to expand across borders. Multinational and cross-cultural teams are becoming more common.
The culture and traditions of a country make people behave in a certain way. Therefore, it is important to understand other cultures and traditions.

The understanding of other business cultures can help you do business professionally and effectively.

We like to share some information about the business culture in different countries. This can help you prepare yourself before doing business abroad.


Morocco has opportunities for any business looking to expand. Morocco’s focus lies on agriculture, tourism, phosphates, textiles and subcomponents and its diverse and market-oriented economy is of great interest for those wishing to do business in North Africa.
To make sure you do business optimally with Moroccans, you must take a few things into account.

  • Honour – Honour is extremely important to Moroccans. This especially counts for dignity and self-worth.
  • Religion – Religion plays a huge part in day-to-day life as well as in Moroccan business culture.
  • Respect – Moroccans have a strong belief that you should always respect yourself, your elders and your superiors.
  • Personal Relationships – Family is placed before the individual and is a key component of Moroccan culture. Trust and friendship play important roles in Moroccan social and business culture.


Italy is a place of cultural achievement and historical pride. Italy provides a diversified economy consisting of both an industrial and an agricultural sector.
If you want to do business professionally, you must be informed about the following things:

  • Greeting – Business etiquette provides a code of behaviour that recalls the correct rules of an honest and genuine professional relationship.” A good old-fashioned handshake will do just fine.
  • Dining – Dining with a client or a supplier is the best way to make their acquaintance and create a good business relationship.
  • Be spontaneous – In Italy business meetings are more spontaneous. Space is also given to improvisation and to ideas that are formed on that moment.
  • Dress to impress – Elegance and style are fundamental elements.
  • Punctuality  Be patient and be prepared for some delay when you start working with a new Italian partner.
  • Watch your language – In Italy it’s very important to use the right language with your superiors.


United Kingdom

The UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and each is proud of its unique heritage. Be careful about referring to your British business associates as “English”, unless you know they are for sure.

  • Read between the lines Humour and understatements are often used in British business communication.
  • Hierarchy The British observe differences in social status by manner of speech, dress and behaviour.
  • Punctuality While punctuality is important in business meetings, it is considered polite to be a little late for socializing events such as a dinner.
  • Scheduling Business meetings follow a set agenda and should be scheduled well in advance.


Hotel of the month!

The ibis Styles Haarlem City Hotel is situated at the easily reachable sport boulevard in Haarlem and features 109 rooms in various types. Throughout the entire hotel the theme of sport is present. In the hotel rooms you will find 8 different sport themes: ice skating, football, ice hockey, cycling, running, badminton, tennis and basketball. Large motion images are visible above the bed in cheerful, bright colors. These rooms ensure a comfortable night in a stylish design and feature a desk to work at.

The extensive breakfast buffet is the best way to start the day full of energy. The sport theme is also featured in the lounge, from bikes mounted to the walls to horizontal bars to which the lighting is attached.

The hotel offers free and fast Wi-Fi in all areas and there is a 24-hour reception available to offer the best possible service all day. The hotel also has its own car park. If this is full then there are sufficient public parking spaces in the vicinity of the hotel (within 5 minutes walking distance).

Discover authentic Haarlem which offers a great diversity of museums, shops and restaurants. The Haarlem Ice Rink is located directly next to the hotel and provides guests in the lounge with a stunning view of passing ice skaters.  The hotel is close to the beach of Bloemendaal and the most beautiful spring garden in the world: the Keukenhof. Bloemendaal Station with train connections to Amsterdam and Alkmaar is only a 10-minute walk away. The nearest airport is Schiphol Airport, 14 kilometers away.

Like, Share & Win!

Would you like to win an overnight stay including breakfast at Ibis Styles Haarlem City? Like, share and win the post on our Facebook page and maybe you will be next months luckiest winner!

Winner of the month!

Ramona from ABN AMRO Pensioenfonds is last month’s luckiest winner! She won an overnight stay at NH hotel Sparrenhorst. Congratulations Ramona!

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