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ime and time again, it has been proven that incentive trips are among the most powerful motivators for sales teams. They are so effective that some organizations are beginning to set criteria so that employees in other departments can qualify to participate.
C&IT's Incentive Travel Report 2017, featuring exclusive research, best practice case studies and a forecast on the future of the sector, provides key stats from surveys of 300 UK event planners across the last quarter of 2016.
You could lop a day off your incentive travel program to save some money. Or you could reach out to your supplier partners, share your priorities, and see what they can offer to add value to your program.
“It’s too late and too dark for you to be standing out here by yourself,” Kevin said. “Let me drive you home.” I peered back at him from the open city bus stop bench with a look of gratefulness. I shrugged and climbed into his little Volkswagen, buckled up, and smiled at him. Even in my angsty teen years, I knew that Kevin and the others who worked at the Boys & Girls Club really cared about us who went there. Their care and concern for us extended beyond the hours that the club was open and transcended their job description. This was not the first time Kevin or one of his colleagues saved me from potential risk, and it wouldn’t be the last.
You just came back from a beautiful island where you stayed at a five-star property. You had a nice welcome cocktail by the pool and a farewell dinner on the beach. You are a top-performer for your company … and seriously, you have just experienced a very nice reward trip! Nothing more and nothing less. Your company may have invested a lot of money but is it really leveraging the emotional lasting impact a unique experience can create?
Retaining top performers and preparing them to take over the reigns in the next decade is a clear need. Incentive travel and motivational meetings that inspire and connect with these future leaders will be crucial. The IRF has identified ten central trends that will help you to better understand what’s in store for the future. Changes include growth in international destinations, self-defining experiences, and new tools and strategies that include stronger partnerships and mobile tools.
They ate dinner at the Michelin-rated Chateau de la Chevre d’Or in France, gazed at the beauty of the Taj Mahal in India, rode motorcycles on the Great Wall of China, attended a lion safari in Africa and visited the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
This sounds like the makings of an awe-inspiring incentive, but it’s actually the places visited by Morgan Freeman’s and Jack Nicholson’s characters in the movie, “The Bucket List.” This movie is coming to life for many meeting planners who try to find that one special location attendees haven’t been to, or that one creative activity they couldn't plan on their own. Incentives are getting more personal every year, and planners have a challenge to impress everyone—or risk impressing no one.
Motivate employees and deliver a measurable return on investment by following these guidelines. According to the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), incentive travel is expected to grow at a significant pace through 2016 as global economies and job markets improve.
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