Orange County Business Travel Guide

The best hotels, restaurants and activities for Anaheim business travelers.

The rows of citrus fruits that once dotted the fertile, temperate landscape of California's Orange County are long gone. In their place stand the brick, mortar and glass of professional buildings and skyscrapers that represent OC's metamorphosis from a sleepy farming community to a power player in the business world. So it's not all that surprising to see how, Orange County has become an increasingly essential hub for business travel, with the Anaheim Convention Center, Newport Beach's financial district and Irvine's dueling finance and biotech industries being the prime movers behind this growth.

The businesses that Orange County has a significant hand in driving are surprisingly diverse. In addition to expected industries, like surfing, the OC also propels fields such as technology, healthcare, financial services, biotech, automotive and pharmaceutical. While it has received plenty of nationwide attention as the home of Disneyland and "The Real Housewives of OC," Orange County also has offices for powerful companies like Allergan, Beckman Coulter, Billabong, Broadcom, Gateway, Inc., Hurley, Hyundai, Ingram Micro, Mazda, Oakley, Pacific Life, Quiksilver and Taco Bell.

Boasting a scenic coastline, practically perpetual sunny skies and some of the most affluent zip codes in the country, Orange County has plenty of unique recreational, shopping, dining and nightlife options available for the person looking to mix a little pleasure with business. From the childlike amusements afforded by Disneyland, California Adventure and Downtown Disney to the more refined pleasures that South Coast Plaza, Newport Beach and the county's various historic districts have to offer, there are ample opportunities to escape the doldrums of the work world.

Orange County is well-versed in assuring visitors enjoy themselves. OC has long had a thriving tourism industry, as the allure of its charming beach towns and amusement parks draws millions of guests annually. In the last decade, a host of world-class resorts have cropped up along the county's majestic undulating coastline, like The Resort at Pelican Hill, Montage Laguna Beach, Monarch Beach Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel and the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. These venues have attracted an increasing number of business guests to conduct their affairs in the lap of luxury.

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