Five hot destinations and exclusive activities to impress attendees at your next corporate incentive travel event
February 19, 2020
We’re proud to be supporting Event Here This Year, an initiative launched by Business Events Australia, and we’ll be hosting multiple programs right here on Australian soil throughout 2020. However, we know that deciding on destinations and planning for international programs can take well up to 1, or even 2, years and that doesn’t stop while we support Australia. If you’re looking to go offshore in 2021 or beyond, getting ahead of the destination options early is a key part of good planning.
With 195 countries around the globe and endless cities to explore it can be hard to choose the right place to take employees on a corporate incentive travel program. We think it’s important to take our clients to accessible, safe and stimulating destinations, so we’ve rounded up the top 5 destinations we’re really excited about for 2021. We’ve also included some creative ideas to bring each destination to life!
01. Go undercover in Russia
Russia, the largest country in the world, is an intriguing destination with a varied history. The Winter Palace, home to the Tsars until 1881, is a physical testament to the resilience of Russia through the ages. The country’s intricate history extends from the Mongol invasions to the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and the rapid modernisation of Russia today.
Since the 1950’s the world has been captivated by the mysterious KGB, the real-life Russian spy agency. Explore St. Petersburg with a bespoke spy mission. Visit iconic locations across the city while picking up clues and completing challenges such as code breaking and listening to bugs to complete the mission. Finish the day with an exclusive dinner at one of the biggest artillery museums in the world or a private night visit to the Winter Palace.
If outer space is more your style, train your attendees like a cosmonaut! Head to the Yuri Gargarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in the aptly named Star City, near Moscow. Organise for your attendees to meet a real cosmonaut and use the training equipment at the facility, working on team building and problem solving skills while creating once in a life time memories.
02. Sustainable Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is Asia’s best destination to visit in 2020 according to CNN Travel and Conde Nast Traveller. This tropical island is culturally diverse with a captivating history and exquisite natural scenery. Sri Lanka is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and 14 national parks, providing a wealth of opportunities for spectacular events and rewarding CSR activities with unique indigenous wildlife.
With Sri Lanka’s slowly developing infrastructure, an event management company who has relationships with a destination management company is vital. Avoid the slow motorways and explore Sri Lanka by private helicopter or seaplane, giving your attendees an aerial view of glorious green jungles, stretching rice paddies and aqua oceans meeting incredible white sand beaches.
For companies focused on sustainability and reducing their travel impact, Sri Lanka’s natural beauty and cultural philosophies are ideal. The country has a strong focus on eco-tourism with a wealth of luxury eco-resorts. Pair this with wellness activities and your attendees will be feeling accomplished and relaxed in no time.
03. Meet the friendly locals in Oman
For a country with a history dating back to 3000 BC, Oman’s land is unspoilt and full of natural beauty. It was the birthplace of the Queen of Sheba and the last resting place of the prophet Job. Oman is home to bustling souqs, underground caves and some of the best scuba diving in the world. The country delivers the elegance and authenticity of Arabia, catering to sophisticated tastes with a solid offering of luxury products and services.
Show your attendees that they’re VIPs: meet them at the airport with a traditional welcome of rose-water sprinklers and frankincense burners, accompanied by the music of an Oud player or an Omani band with dancers and drummers.
Host a dinner in one of the many forts that have kept Omani’s safe for hundreds of years. Bring in a top chef and cater with traditional food served by professional and friendly Omani locals. Invite a Kumma (hat) tailor and a silver Khanjar handicrafts person to craft the local symbols of Oman in-person, and present it as a gift to attendees.
Spend a night glamping in the red and white sand dunes of the Wahiba Wilderness, take a 4×4 and experience the exhilaration of launching over peaks, swimming in the aquamarine pools at Wadi Bani Khalid and play a tournament of desert volleyball. Ride a camel to the home of a Bedouin tribe family for coffee, known for their hospitality and knowledge of the sand dunes.
04. Try the technology in Tokyo
05. Step through time in Morocco
Develop the best program possible for 2021 by planning now. Get in touch with us to discuss the ideal destination for your program, internationally or here in Australia – let us do the creative work for you.
Take a look at other programs we’ve delivered.
Develop the best program possible for 2021 by planning now. Get in touch with us to discuss the ideal destination for your program, internationally or here in Australia – let us do the creative work for you. Take a look at other programs we’ve delivered.