Dinner at a restaurant with just your smartphone for company: that’s sometimes the sad reality for business travellers… So how can you relieve the tedium while at the same time expanding your professional network? With these three social networks devoted specifically to business travel.

  1. HurryBirds

What’s the site for? It enables business travellers to optimise their free time and transform an evening or a few free hours into an opportunity for casual networking. In other words, it’s a chance to make new business contacts within a less formal setting. In practical terms, you simply need to register, and then you can check which other members are or will be in the same city as you. You can then interact via an instant messaging system, before possibly arranging to meet “in real life”. HurryBirds also allows members to share their experiences and good ideas with the rest of the community.

  1. Wombee

Wombee offers its services to hoteliers. How? Quite simply by facilitating contact between guests at the same hotel. The way it works is fairly simple: after creating your profile on the platform, you then choose your establishment from the list of partner hotels (AccorHotels are included) and indicate the dates of your stay. You can then view other travellers’ profiles and arrange meet-ups for a cultural visit, a game of tennis, or even a meal in a restaurant!

  1. Hotelub

From the moment you make your hotel reservation, this brand-new site lets you discover which other business people will be there at the same time as you, so you can plan your meetings with them in advance. The aim is identical to other social media: to share friendly moments while expanding your professional network. But Hotelub also allows you to keep abreast of events being held at your hotel. The site allows you to manage your confidentiality level and also functions worldwide, covering hundreds of hotels, from independent establishments to major groups like AccorHotels.