Got business in Beantown? What to do in historic-yet-hip Boston

Wed May 18, 2016 12:42pm EDT
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By Cheryl Tan

NEW YORK - (The author is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are her own.)

As chief executive officer of Coach Inc, Victor Luis finds himself frequently traveling the world for work. One of his favorite cities, however, is Boston, which he visits four to five times a year.

"I grew up in Rhode Island, which always felt like a Boston suburb and therefore it feels like home," says Luis, who was named CEO of the luxury goods company in 2014. Prior to that, he was president and chief commercial officer at Coach.

"Boston has a unique mix of history, tradition, culture and modernity," Luis says. And during the academic year, the population is close to 50 percent students, "which gives it a wonderful sense of youth and optimism."

Also, he notes, "it's home to the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins – the teams of my childhood, which I never outgrew."

Luis has a plethora of tips to share on Boston – here are a few:


Sunlight hits the roofs, streets and the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts, United States June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder