Executive Group Travel Blog

Group Travel Event Prep: How to Plan for the Unexpected


Crucial to any group trip, planning for the unexpected can make or break the experience. Because there are so many variables with group travel, even the best laid plans can go astray. Most incentive trips organize and plan for the best case scenario while exceptional trips plan for the worst case scenario, allowing trip coordinators to seamlessly adapt the plan so participants hopefully aren't even aware of a deviation from the scheduled itinerary! 

Here are three main factors to consider while planning your event:

  • Dietary restrictions & allergies
  • Mosquito/sun prep
  • Back-up space

What is a DMC and when should you partner with one?


Destination Management Company

A Destination Management Company, or DMC, is a professional services company with extensive knowledge, expertise, and resources, specializing in design and implementation of events, activities, day trips, transportation, and program logistics. The services provided by a DMC usually include airport greetings, hospitality desks, special events, theme parties, decorations, AV, dinner events, site inspections, and anything you may need on site!

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Employee Engagement: the Value of Competition


As more millennials move up in the workforce and baby boomers retire, this is a good time to refresh your employee engagement strategy. According to CNN, millennials expect to have four jobs by the time they're 32. This means that by the time it takes an employee to get fully ramped up (on average 18 months), he or she will already be getting ready to apply for their next job. Onboarding costs the company a lot of money and a lot of resources, so here are some tips on how to keep employees engaged in a genuine way:

The Value of Group Activities


Group activities on an incentive trip can serve many purposes. They are great for setting a team-building tone on the trip, even if that's not the primary goal of the activity. For example, a catamaran cruise for 30 people could provide a social atmosphere for team members to interact in a way they don't usually get to. Activities can also be a great way for incentive travelers to network on their trip. A competitive game of volleyball serves as a great way to relax while fostering a little healthy competition. Seeing co-workers in a different light outside the office is sure to promote inclusive conversation that will eventually lead to improved communication inside the office. 


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President's Club Photography: How to Maximize your Spend


Capturing the Key Moments

One important aspect of your incentive trip is capturing the special moments through photos and videos. This is not only for the guests, but also as a marketing tool for recruitment and future trips. In order to get the most out of your photography budget, we recommend a videographer who is able to not only capture the trip but also put together a compilation video. The video can then double as a highlight reel for the attendees as well as a piece to be used by the marketing team for recruiting.

Incentive Travel: Internal Planning or Outside Support?


Planning Your Event

After a trying year in 2020, most sales teams are in need of a major boost, something exciting to look forward to.

So... the decision was made to host an incentive trip in the next year or two, and you've been appointed ownership of the big event. Even if you're just starting to brainstorm trip ideas, there are three options when choosing what direction to take the planning: internal planning, a boutique travel agency partnership, or a large corporate agency. Below, we outline some of the benefits of each.

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Motivating the "Average" Sales Rep


2020 has been very difficult year, particularly for most sales reps. Depending on your industry, numbers may still be down and incentives are more important than ever to keep your team positive and looking to the year ahead. One good way to do this is setting up special incentives toward 2021 qualifications, like December sales counting double, etc., to get people motivated again.

Individual or group incentive trips? What's best for your company?


This year has been incredibly difficult as we navigate a global health crisis that has completely changed the world around us. While we may not be spending normally or planning trips anytime soon, this is still a time for incentivizing the team you do have that's out there working for your company. We've discussed in other posts that special one-off incentive programs may help motivate your team, even if they are qualifiers for a trip that seems far away now. 

If you're considering incentive travel for your team, there are two main categories: individual or group trips. Based on your company’s goals, it's important to weigh the pros and cons of each. But first, it’s important to understand the difference.

Has technology replaced printed agendas?


In 2020, you would assume the answer to this question is yes. And for the most part, that's right. Technology in the meetings and events industry has transformed over the last 5+ years with smartphone apps, websites, and on-site displays. However, despite providing attendees with all of this technology (from event websites to agenda apps, and even screens displaying throughout the property), there's still feedback that certain guests miss hard copy agendas. The days of printing agendas for every attendee are over, but if you find it necessary to provide hard copies for some, we recommend printing 20% of the attendee number. If you run out you can always print more on site.

The main benefit of having your agenda online is the ability to make live updates. Our world is more unpredictable than ever, so this is an increasingly important aspect in event planning. When COVID-19 started to impact everything earlier this year, we were able to update itineraries and communicate with clients as soon as changes happened. This is crucial, especially when planning for a large group traveling from all over the world. Even when things are going smoothly though, apps and event websites are the most streamlined way to communicate effectively with large groups of attendees.

Videography for Your Corporate Event


One of the main benefits of incentive travel is that it builds attendees' affinity for their company, and you want to ensure those positive memories are lasting. While a photographer/videographer should be a relatively small line item (between $2,000 - $5,000 per event), there are three big things to consider when deciding to invest in this special add-on: