While business travellers to Silicon Valley may not think of the area as a tourist destination, a new book will soon be available through internet retailers that may change their view.
Author Martin Cheek will introduce The Silicon Valley Handbook this week, which details the history of Silicon Valley and its little known attractions.
He said: "Since this is the cutting edge place for hi-tech, a lot of companies outside the US want to take a peek at what's in store for tomorrow. Over a million or so business travellers come through the area each year, and if all they see of it is office parks and convention centres, they're missing out on the interesting culture the area has to offer."
The book is filled with trivia and human interest stories, explaining the humble beginnings of many of the top companies in the region. But it also provides recommendations and information on accommodation, winery, restaurant and nightlife options, festivals and the transportation system.
Silicon Valley is visited by a large number of international business travellers every year, particularly from Asian nations such as Japan and European countries such as Germany and the UK. Australian hi-tech companies also send many of their employees to the region for business conventions and to meet with local companies.
The 273 page book, which will be available on 1 March, can be ordered from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. It is being published by Moon Travel Handbooks at a list price of $15.95 and will be revised every two years.
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