Our top 6 incentive travel destinations for summer 2019

Posted by Jo Kelly

Whether you’re looking to incentivize your employees or motivate your channel sales team, incentive travel can be an effective business tool, especially if your trip takes place in the summer.

As a season that typically brings with it warmer weather, summer makes for a good time to take your teams away from their desks and out of the office, to experience a money-can’t-buy trip, a taste of luxury, or something extraordinary.

Our choice of summer incentive travel destinations for 2019 brings an eclectic mix of incredible experiences. From the beautiful islands of the Mediterranean to the astonishing landscapes of East Africa and Malaysia, there is a destination to suit every member of your team.

Dubrovnik

This beautiful medieval city in Southern Croatia, which fronts the Adriatic Sea, boasts distinctive architecture, cobbled streets and city walls on a backdrop of limestone mountains. More recently, it has become famous for being a key location in the now concluded TV series, Game of Thrones. A good flight time, great weather, and a lot to see on foot, as well as the picturesque Elaphite islands being a short boat ride away, makes it an excellent choice for summer incentive travel.

Your best performers could enjoy cocktails on the city walls or take a ride on a cable car to see breath-taking views of the city. Meanwhile, you could treat avid GoT fans to a tour of the locations used in the series. Other highlights include island hopping by speed boat across the Elaphites where employees can enjoy activities like snorkeling, cycling and hiking on the different islands. When the sun goes down, your team can experience the sounds of the world’s best DJs in Culture Club Revelin, a unique nightclub built inside in a 500-year medieval fortress.

Malta

Once known for being a sunny holiday spot for pensioners or people approaching retirement, Malta has reinvented itself over the last few years, developing a reputation for becoming the new Ibiza. The historic and picturesque island now boasts a growing nightlife following the opening of a number of stylish bars, clubs and restaurants. Along with its good flight time and great summer weather, this has made it a new destination for incentive travel.

Highlights on the main island that your employees could enjoy include a visit to the seaside town of St Julian’s, and a walk along the city walls of capital Valletta. They could also take a boat trip to Comino Island to witness the beautiful Blue Lagoon, and experience kayaking and snorkeling in its crystal-clear waters. Or they could sail to Gozo for a jeep or quad tour across the island. Before dusk, your attendees could dine and dance at the stylish Café Del Mar where they can experience the magic of a Mediterranean sunset.

Each of this year’s summer destinations have been carefully selected because they offer unique experiences, from island-hopping around Dubrovnik to gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

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Sicily

Another up-and-coming destination on this year’s list is Sicily. This gorgeous Mediterranean island, which is off the toe of Italy, has got a great deal to offer. With its volcanic landscape and canyons, picture-postcard villages, beaches and surrounding seas, Sicily provides a unique backdrop for unique activities and endless photo opportunities.

Your employees or channel partner team could enjoy an off-road tour up Mount Etna by 4×4 or by quad racing around the volcano – known for being one of the safest in the world. Meanwhile, those brave enough could experience the thrill of tubing or rafting through the canyons of the Alcantara river, or enjoy more traditional beachside water sports like speedboating and jet skiing. When the sun goes down, attendees can experience the island’s thriving night life of wine bars, beachside venues and nightclubs.

Abu Dhabi

The capital of the United Arab Emirates is a thriving metropolis which sits on an island off the Persian Gulf. With a mid-haul flight time of around seven hours, great temperatures that aren’t too excessive come early or late summer, Abu Dhabi makes an extraordinary destination for summer incentive travel. It also provides a great alternative to the more mainstream and more popular city, Dubai.

In addition to exploring this stunning city, activities your employees or channel team can experience include dune bashing through the desert, or driving through the sand valleys in a 4×4. In the evening they could enjoy a luxury meal, with music and dance, before camping out under the stars. Elsewhere, you could treat car enthusiasts on your team to a unique Formula One experience by driving a race car on one of the world’s most advanced F1 tracks, the Yas Marina Circuit.

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Rwanda

East Africa’s landlocked country has been chosen as a summer destination this year because it provides a very different incentive travel experience, with a focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Known as the land of a thousand hills, with its green and mountainous landscape, it allows employees to experience and feel at one with nature.

The key activity for this breath-taking destination is the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing gorillas in the wild. Far away from typical incentive travel luxuries and five-star resorts, this is an incredible stripped back experience, from the accommodation your employees stay in, to how they travel through the country. They could experience a couple of days of hiking through the habitat of these magnificent creatures. Other activities include exploring Rwanda’s national parks and completing treks to see the country’s Golden monkeys.

Kuala Lumpur

If you’re interested in taking your best performers to a long-haul destination that offers a mix of contrasting environments and activities, Malaysia’s spectacular capital is a good choice. From its modern skyline to its historic temples and its stunning rainforest, it provides a unique experience and a great alternative to Singapore.

Highlights for your team to enjoy include a visit to the top of the city’s crown jewel, the Petronas Towers – the world’s tallest twin towers – where they can take in views from its famous Skybridge. Or they can browse and shop at the impressive Central Market. Outside the urban landscape, your employees could explore the Batu caves and its series of cave temples. Or they could experience a hike, nature trail and treetop canopy walk through a Malaysian rainforest.

Helping you provide effective incentive travel this summer

Each of this year’s summer destinations have been carefully selected because they offer unique experiences, from island-hopping around Dubrovnik to gorilla trekking in Rwanda. They provide exciting and inspiring activities that aim to bring out the best in your team, whether that’s in-house or in your sales channel.

At CR Worldwide, we can quickly, design, develop and implement effective incentive travel designed for the summer season, whether you want to inspire your employees or motivate your channel partner team. Our trips are:

 Engaging – They aim to quickly enhance loyalty and performance, create an emotional bond with your brand, and increase company awareness.

 Easy to manage – They come with exciting schedules of activities and experiences and are run and hosted by dedicated managers, who help to execute your ideal itinerary.

 Easy to implement – They are quick to set up and tailored to suit your staff, your needs and business goals.

We’d love to excite, engage and inspire your teams with our services in incentive travel. To speak to a member of our award-winning team:

Jo has worked at CR Worldwide as Events Operations Director since 2004. She is responsible for scoping and delivering all types of events, for clients of all sizes, globally. She manages the division’s team who organise and execute award-winning events – ranging from one-off sales floor days, corporate hospitality events and incentive travel trips, to annual conferences and partner summits.