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Kids or No Kids on Your Next Incentive Trip

[fa icon="clock-o"] Jul 13, 2015 10:30:00 AM [fa icon="user"] Marci McCormack [fa icon="folder-open'] Incentive Travel

Kids or No Kids:

One question that gets asked each year is can I bring my kids? Unless the children are under 1 year old we recommend you DO not open your trip to allow kids to attend. We recommend setting an age limit of 18 and over.   This not only takes away the opportunity for attendees to bring a child as their guest but also deters guests from bringing their entire family on the trip. In the past we have seen a request for kids to attend end up being three children and also two grandparents for babysitting duties.

There are a few reasons we use to explain why children are not allowed on the incentive trip:

  • Changes dynamic of the trip
  • Adult celebration – Impact on other attendees
  • Cost logistics – Additional costs and/or logistics to pay back company for cost
  • Babysitting Services – risk
  • Transfers/Taxi/etc additional car seat requirements

They will thank you later after they enjoy a forced vacation away from their hectic lives of work and family. The initial reaction for many is “feeling bad” leaving their children behind but we have found many guests appreciate the company making that decision for them.

Trip Extensions:

One option we have seen to work is for attendees to have their families join at the end of the trip or at the start of the trip for a long weekend at the same location.

The one exception to this no children rule is the with partner or reseller trips.

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