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Creating a Once in a Lifetime Incentive Trip in Cuba

For the first time in over five decades, North Americans can legally travel to Cuba without special permission from the U.S. Government. In the roughly 50 years that have passed since the travel ban was imposed, U.S. residents have been largely cut off from one of the Caribbean’s richest spots for natural beauty and culture.

However, the extended travel ban has a silver lining in hindsight: Compared to other nations that enjoy the warm shores of the Caribbean Sea, Cuba has remained mostly un-Americanized since the 1960s and still offers a remarkably authentic tourist experience.

This is one reason why an incentive trip to Cuba is becoming more popular among companies that reward top performers with travel trips. If your organization is considering planning an incentive trip to Cuba — and you want to make it the trip of a lifetime — below are four ways we can help you create a fantastic trip that will always be remembered.

  1. Great Hotel Accommodations

Cuba may not be as Americanized as some of its neighbors, but its cultural originality comes at a price for the average tourist: Because Cuba’s hospitality industry isn’t accustomed to accommodating a steady influx of U.S. travelers, it can be hard to find a good hotel.

Using our expertise and connections in the incentive travel industry, we’ll ensure your group has tastefully appointed, comfortable lodging that only adds to the unforgettable experience.

  1. Eating at Paladares Restaurants

Paladares are restaurants operated in residential dwellings by families that specialize in serving up Cuban cuisine. But travel experts predict paladares will become increasingly commercialized — with menus geared for American tastebuds — now that the U.S. to Cuba travel is reinstated.

We can help you goup enjoy an amazing Cuban culinary experience by scheduling lunch and dinner dates at paladares that equate to five-star restaurants in terms of cuisine. Enjoy the originality of Cuba’s paladares while you can!

  1. City of Trinidad

Not to be confused with the Caribbean Island of Trinidad, the Cuban city of Trinidad is one of the nation’s most unchanged metropolises since the Elizabethan era (1558–1603). The exceptional preservation of the city’s surroundings and heritage means it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a tourist spot, but many agree this is part of the city’s charm.

Huffington Post says this about Trinidad: “Don’t expect fancy accommodations — the sleepy B&Bs are family-run — but they all have rooftop seafood restaurants, local musicians playing the afternoon away, and a cool, laid-back vibe as you walk the cobblestone streets.” You may not wish to lodge in Trinidad, but the city is well worth a day trip.

  1. Top Coral Reefs

Oceanographers know Cuba as one of the world’s finest destinations for coral reef studies. Nearby Key West and Jamaica feature once impeccable reefs that have since damaged by the ravages of commercialism, but Cuba’s reefs remain comparatively unspoiled.

You can view reefs from several locations, but if it’s crystal clear water you’re after, it’s hard to beat the resort island of Cayo Coco. View a reef, snorkel and take in aquatic life, jump from low cliffs into warm water below, or just relax and enjoy the scenery. Whatever your vision of Caribbean island paradise, we’ll help make it a part of your incentive trip in Cuba.

Contact Us Today

If you’d like to reward your top performers with an incentive trip in Cuba, Incentive Travel Solutions is here to help. We’ll work with you to create unique travel experiences that aren’t a part of the average vacation or business trip — experiences that bring colleagues close together and motivate them to qualify for the next incentive trip.

To get started on planning an awesome journey, call us today at (704) 540-1482, or send us an email through our contact form. Beautiful Cuba awaits!

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Refreshing your Sales Team with an Incentive Travel Getaway

America values hard work. In fact, our traditional five-day work week doesn’t have much tradition behind it. Until the late 1800s, we commonly worked seven days a week. And let’s be honest: some of us still do, and it isn’t always because we hold more than one job.

Sales reps often put in more than five days a week because business deals don’t conveniently stop on Friday afternoon and resume on Monday morning. Sure, most successful salespeople earn a nice salary and an annual bonus that justifies the hard work, but great financial incentives can’t cure mental exhaustion. Eventually, even the most dedicated team members need a break.

Refresh With Incentive Travel   

After putting in countless work weeks of well over 40 hours, simply relaxing at home for a few days can feel reinvigorating. But you want to reward your top sellers with more than just good pay and vacation days. You want to do something that quantifies the importance of their achievements and encourages them to keep up the great work. Taking an incentive travel getaway to an exciting destination is the perfect solution.

The Incentive Research Foundation defines incentive travel this way: “Incentive Travel Programs are a motivational tool to enhance productivity or achieve business objectives in which participants earn the reward based on a specific level of achievement set forth by management. Earners are rewarded with a trip and the program is designed to recognize earners for their achievements.”

It’s easy enough to see how an incentive travel getaway rewards great sales numbers and encourages them in the future. But what about the relaxation factor? As we all know, even leisure travel can be stressful when it comes to making travel arrangements and ensuring the trip goes off as planned.

Use an Incentive Travel Planner   

Aside of choosing relaxing activities for your trip, the key to filling an incentive travel getaway with relaxation is placing it in the hands of an experienced incentive travel planner, such as Incentive Travel Solutions.

When you use us as your incentive travel facilitator, we handle all travel arrangements, including scheduling for activities after you arrive at the destination. We even send a retinue of travel staff with you on the trip to handle anything that must be done to make the journey go as planned. The result is an incentive travel getaway that’s stress-free and mentally refreshing

Contact Incentive Travel Solutions

The seven-day work week can be traced back 4,000 years to ancient Babylon, but the five-day work week followed by a two-day “weekend” didn’t show up until the late 1800s, when Englanders started spending Saturday and Sunday visiting friends before their weekly work schedule resumed. This is the kind of work week most of us want, but holding a key position in sales often requires putting in more than five days a week.

If you’re ready to reward your top sales reps with an unforgettable travel trip for all of their hard work, call us today at (704) 540-1482, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to helping you plan the ultimate relaxing getaway!

 

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Specializing in Incentive Travel: What Does that Mean?

Incentive Travel Solutions is a company that specializes in incentive travel. If this is your first time kicking around the idea of planning an incentive travel trip for your company, you may have some questions about what our “specialization” involves.

To help you understand what incentive travel is and help you decide whether an incentive travel trip should be in your company’s future, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about incentive travel and what we do to make it a reality.

What is an incentive travel trip?

An incentive travel trip is a trip that people must qualify to take based on a preset goal. The trip commonly serves as an incentive for reaching a business goal, which typically takes months to attain. Everyone who reaches the goal takes the trip and enjoys it as a reward for their hard work and success.

Who takes incentive travel trips?

Incentive travel trips are typically taken by groups of business professionals. For example, a company might send its sales team on an incentive travel trip for shattering last year’s sales quota. Who receives the opportunity to qualify for a trip is up to the company that plans the excursion.

What do incentive travel trip planners do?

Incentive travel trip planners have four main functions: They help clients choose wonderful trip destinations, plan unique activities at the destinations and along the way, handle all travel and lodging arrangements, and send a group of travel staff along to provide basic assistance and resolve unforeseen issues.

What are the options for destinations and activities?

As long as it is safe and legal to travel to a destination, an incentive trip planner can facilitate a trip there. The same applies to activities; practically anything is possible, as long as travelers are safe. In most cases, the goal is to create a unique, luxurious, truly unforgettable travel experience.

How much do incentive travel trips usually cost?

Because the cost of travel, trip activities, and lodging varies widely based on where you go and what you do, the best way to receive an accurate expense estimate is to consult with one of our planners, and discuss what you want for your trip. There’s no obligation; the consultation is free.

Why should I choose Incentive Travel Solutions?

We believe we’re your best option for four reasons: we create breathtaking trips that consistently motivate workers to qualify for the journey, provide a novel rewards for executives who are accustomed to monetary rewards, bring colleagues closer together through the once in a lifetime trip experience, and plan trips that fit a company’s budget and work culture perfectly.

Contact Us Today

To learn more about our incentive travel trip services, please call us today at (704) 540-1482, or send us an email through our contact form. We’ve helped many companies motivate employees to achieve high business goals, and come closer together as co-workers by sharing an unforgettable good time as a group. We’d love to do the same for your company!

 

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Looking for a Good Corporate Travel Trip Provider?

Each year, thousands of companies send top performing employees on corporate travel trips — also called “incentive travel trips” — that serve as performance-based rewards. In addition to functioning as a show of appreciation for great work, a corporate travel trip serves as a motivator to continue the excellent performance and qualify for next year’s travel trip. This is why many companies wisely use the services of a corporate travel trip provider.

What Makes a Good Travel Trip Provider?

When it comes to service quality, the incentive travel industry is like any other. Some providers exceed your expectations, while others leave you feeling like you didn’t get a good return on your investment. In many cases, one or more of the following factors separates an unforgettable travel experience that leaves people wanting more from one that leaves more to be desired.

  1. Destinations

Any destination that’s safe and legal to travel to should be an option. However, the final destination should be world class, not just the best location a particular region or nation has to offer. When selecting a destination, the emphasis should be on choosing one that’s truly unique in a positive way.

Corporate travel destinations often feature nice things you might experience on a summer vacation, such as good weather, gorgeous scenery, and historical sites. But they tend to be places sought out by sophisticated travelers who want to see the best the world has to offer.

  1. Activities

Activities can be separated into three phases: activities while traveling to the destination, activities while there, and activities while journeying back home. Like destinations, activities should be highly distinctive — and this is where a good corporate travel provider really excels.

Instead of only scheduling your group to attend activities that are common to the destination, a good planner will actually create activities, the likes of which are difficult to replicate. To see what we mean, check out what our company arranged for a group of colleagues who traveled to Rome.

  1. Travel Staff

To make a corporate travel trip truly relaxing and hassle-free for travelers, good trip planners send along a group of trained travel staff, who leap into action to resolve unforeseen issues, and offer assistance to travelers both individually and as a group. The provider handles all of the planning for the tip, and the travel staff make sure the plans transpire as expected.

  1. Budget

Most memorable corporate travel trips aren’t inexpensive, but the majority of companies that plan the trips do so on a budget. Taking a trip that runs over budget can dampen the excitement for cost-conscious executives and call into question whether a travel trip should be planned next year. A careful cost analysis should be performed before the journey officially begins.

About Our Company

Incentive Travel Solutions is an experienced corporate travel trip provider that plans trips to worldwide locations. In doing so, we create journeys whose destinations, activities, and staff service turn them into memories that last a lifetime, and help bring colleagues closer together as a team through shared travel experiences — all within the client’s budget.

To inquire about our services, please call us today at (704) 540-1482, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to helping you reward your top performers, and motivate them to keep up the excellent work to qualify for future travels.

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4 Traits of Sales Motivation Plans That Work

What goes into sales motivation plans that work? There can be several answers. Below, we present four strategies that your company can use to create sales motivation plans that work best for increasing sales. If you need help implementing incentive-based travel in the reward structure, we’re here to assist you.

  1. Leading the Team With “Carrots” Instead of “Sticks”

In the book The Carrot Principle, researchers Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton explore whether praise, criticism, or a combination of both is most motivating to employees. Because no sales team operates perfectly, most companies need to use both approaches.

However, the authors find that balancing sticks with carrots, or offering more carrots than sticks, creates the highest motivation. Offering verbal rewards can be as important as offering tangible awards, the researchers found.

  1. Offering Small Rewards Leading Up to a Large Reward

A large reward, such as incentive travel trip to a unique destination, can create a high level of motivation. To help sustain the motivation, consider offering small performance rewards, such as monthly bonuses for generating quality leads or closing sales, that lead up to the large reward.

Offering small rewards is money well-spent for two reasons: It encourages employees to achieve high success over both the short-term and the long-term, and it helps them qualify for the large reward.

  1. Offering a Reward With a High Degree of Novelty

Small incentive-based awards are a great way to sustain motivation from month to month, but offering a large award that has a high degree of novelty adds a new level of incentive to the equation.

Novelty means different things to people, but one form of novelty everyone seems to appreciate is traveling to a unique, worldwide destination, and enjoying special activities while there. This is why we’ve created a successful business out of helping companies plan incentive travel trips.

  1. Rewards Given According to the Incentive Program

When it comes to incentive-based motivation, one of the worst things a company can do is fail to honor terms on which rewards are given. Whether an employee fails to receive a weekly bonus or an annual incentive travel trip, the motivation that came from the prospect of receiving it is gone.

If a company doesn’t follow through on its incentive program, it can become like the boy who cried wolf. Employees are less likely to take future incentives seriously, which essentially means that opportunities to motivate them become fewer.

About Our Company

Incentive Travel Solutions is an incentive trip planner that helps companies plan and embark on novel travels to amazing destinations, and enjoy unforgettable activities during the journey. Trips we facilitate aren’t like standard vacations. They’re designed to create memories that last a lifetime, which is a major element of motivating employees to qualify for incentive-based travel.

To inquire about our services, call us today at (704) 540-1482, or refer to the contact form on our website. We look forward to learning about your company and presenting travel options for rewarding your hard working sales team — options that create sales motivation plans that work.