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Copenhagen, Denmark: An Incentive Travel Solutions Featured Destination

Located farthest south of all the Scandinavian countries Copenhagen (København), Denmark; Denmark’s capitol and most vibrant city, offers much in the way of art, architecture and gastronomic experiences. In fact, the rest of the world now examines Copenhagen for ideas regarding its architectural design, fashion, and intriguing culinary expertise. Being a major European city, this is not an inexpensive city to visit. However, the price is well worth the experience one encounters on a visit to the capitol city. The Dutch are also considered to be some of the happiest people in the world, and Denmark is among the top nations with the best quality of life.

Copenhagen is considered one of the cleanest large cities in all of Europe, and it is relatively just as safe. It is more than easy to become familiar with the city. The layout is superb for navigating and the transportation system is quite superior to most cities its size and it is often thought that “all (of) Denmark’s roads, trains, and bicycle paths lead to the heart of the capitol.”  On most livable cities lists, Copenhagen often ranks within the top five, if not the top location for the best city to live in.

With an abundant amount of adventures to partake in while visiting Copenhagen, the following three attractions can simply not be missed:

Tivoli

Tivoli, a famous park situated where the once-fortified city’s ramparts used to be, is a must-see for all visitors to Copenhagen. There is an on-site lake which relics the city’s former moat. Home to a variety of amusement park-like rides, events, and live entertainment, there are activities for all ages. For thrill-seekers, rides such as the Spinning Top and the Demon exist. For the older crowd, over 40 restaurants and bars are open to satisfy any thirst or hunger, some which have been in business since as early as 1843. For the little ones activities such as the aquarium and merry-go-round are sure to entice. Although a year-round “festival,” Christmas time kicks all of the alluring festivities into high gear.

Strget- Main Shopping Street

The longest and oldest pedestrian-only shopping street in all of Europe, Strget is the main shopping street in Copenhagen. In 1964, the street was closed to all buses, bicycles, trams and cars, to allow for hundreds upon hundreds of shoppers to explore without the worry of automotive traffic. Designed with every budget in mind, Strget offers shopping and dining experiences for everyone, whether on a small or an unlimited budget.

Copenhagen JazzHouse

Another must-do in Copenhagen is visiting and attending a concert at the Copenhagen JazzHouse. Founded in 1990, the JazzHouse is home to over 250 concerts each year. Although the venue only holds a little over 100 people, the intimacy it provides makes it even more intriguing. Jazz being especially first-rate in Copenhagen, it is imperative to hear live jazz while visiting. On weekends, the JazzHouse transforms itself into a vibrant night club.

If you are looking for a fabulous destination for your next incentive travel trip we have the best team standing by to make that happen. Fill out our contact form, or call us today 704-540-1482.

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Florence, Italy: An Incentive Travel Solutions Featured Destination

About: Florence

Florence, capital of the region of Tuscany, has a population of around half a million inhabitants, spreads on the banks of the Arno, between the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian seas, almost in the middle of the Italian peninsula. It is a city which bustles with industry and craft, commerce and culture, art and science. Being on the main national railway lines, it is easily accessible from most important places both in Italy and abroad.

The term “Jewel of Renaissance” has been coined for Florence. Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Politically, economically, and culturally it was the most important city in Europe for around 250 years; from some time before 1300 until the early 1500s. Contemporary Florence invites visitors to explore its ancient treasures of art and architecture as it is considered a cultural, artistic and architectural gem.

The city holds something unique for everyone who visits; from incredible wines, delicious gastronomic experiences, well preserved architecture, and original cultural and historical sites. Shopping in Florence is often a big deal. With items ranging from hand crafted to designer, leather goods and stunning jewelry, the best places to shop on at Piazza della Republica and Piazza Santa Croce. The climate is temperate but rather variable, with breezy winters and hot summers.

Galleria degli Uffizi

Piazzale degli Uffizi, One of the world’s most famous fine art museums with collections of Renaissance paintings and sculptures from classical antiquity. Included is The Birth of Venus by Sandro Boticelli. Designed by architect Vasari, the Museum was originally used as the offices of the Medici administration. An astounding collection of prints and drawings can be found on the first floor while sculptures and paintings can be found on the second.

Pitti Palace

On the quieter south bank of the Arno, the former Medici family palace contains galleries of their art and treasures. The Boboli gardens behind the palazzo offer wonderful walks and excellent views of the city and the countryside south of the city.

Traverse the Duomo or Campanile

Climb the winding staircases inside the duomo or the nearby bell tower to see some of the best views of Florence. Not only can you see the Tuscan countryside in the distance and the impressive palaces and churches of Florence in the fore, but it becomes obvious just how large the Duomo is.

Street Performers by the Uffizi

In front of the Palazzo Vecchio, in the evenings, street performers often put on a show here. Performances can range from violin duets to people dressed as sculptures. The Uffizi is a nice place to stop while you eat your after-dinner gelato.

Ireland: An Incentive Travel Solutions Featured Destination

Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle

Perched on the northwest tip of Europe, this is the one place in the world where even time getting lost will be worthwhile… With ancient myths and legends to uncover, amazing landscapes to explore and locals who will be more than happy to reveal our hidden gems, just go where the island of Ireland takes you. Guaranteed, you’ll return home with memories that will last a lifetime.

The Irish love traditions. So much so, in fact, that the country is full of them – from eating colcannon (a mixture of cabbage and mashed potatoes) on Halloween to wearing something green on St. Patrick’s Day. Two of the most enduring and internationally famed, however, are traditional music and Irish dancing. Northern Ireland also has its own unique Ulster-Scots culture, which is prevalent throughout the counties and is often expressed through music and dance. The Lambeg Drum, fiddle, fife and flute are just some of the melodic accompaniments to sessions of Highland Dancing, Scottish Country Dancing, Ulster-Scots Square and Country Dancing. And with Ulster-Scots cultural events springing up all over the place, you can watch from the sidelines or give it a whirl yourself.

Did you Know….The pub lies at the heart of cultural, social and musical life in Ireland. Not just places to have a drink, in an Irish pub you can philosophize on the meaning of life,

Lahinch Golf Club

Lahinch Golf Club

ruminate on global politics, listen to a poetry reading, tap your feet to a traditional session, feast on delicious food or just enjoy the quiet settling of a pint of Guinness in front of a crackling fire. Sit at the bar if you fancy chatting to the locals, or hole yourself up in one of the old snugs – private little spaces, which were historically designed just for the ladies.

What?….Did you also know?  Ireland has two capital cities. The capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is one of Europe’s coolest capital cities. The city pulsates with energy thanks to its excellent restaurants, chic boutiques, legendary pubs, beautiful art galleries, verdant urban parks, elegant architecture, fascinating and turbulent history, plus its unique scenic location perched at the edge of the Irish Sea.  Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, meanwhile, is legendary for its excellent nightlife – this is one city that knows how to have a good time. But beyond the pubs, bars and nightclubs, Belfast is also one of Europe’s most exciting city break destinations with critically acclaimed restaurants, smart boutique hotels and top shopping.

Incentive Travel Solutions Welcomes New Executive Vice-President, Sales and Operations

Bill's Press ReleaseCharlotte North Carolina based, Incentive Travel Solutions is pleased to welcome one of its newest hires, Bill Callahan. Bill will take on the position of Executive Vice President, Sales and Operations. With 30 plus years of experience in the incentive travel industry, Bill brings extensive knowledge and experience that will benefit both our employees and our current clients. Within his role, Bill will be leading sales development with new corporate accounts as well as assisting in coordinating and facilitating client programs. Bill will bring a new dynamic to the team, with the perfect combination of fresh ideas and tried and true procedures.

“My mission: provide measured success in what I contribute today, to build for a better tomorrow,” is just one statement from Bill that accurately depicts the type of person and employee he is. Bill immersed himself in the travel industry when he started with Maritz travel company in 1981, where he was employed for over 25 years. He continued in the industry assisting in marketing and sales, accomplishing an impressive 0 million in revenue over the course of his career thus far. Aside from Bill’s overwhelming success in the corporate world, he was involved with Patriotic Postcards, which grew in to a program for the USO called ‘Postcards to Home,’ as well as joining Mission 22, assisting in the prevention of suicidal Veterans with PTSD and TBI.

Kevin Devanney, President and Founder, was happy to announce “I am beyond excited about welcoming Bill to Incentive Travel Solutions. Bill’s enthusiasm and experience will bring tremendous support to our internal operations as well as perfect execution to our client’s important incentive travel programs.”

For more information regarding Incentive Travel Solutions, please visit our Home page.

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Great Cities: 3 of the Most Unique Travel Destinations

Three things determine the value of using an incentive travel trip to reward your company’s top performers: the uniqueness of the travel destination, activities at the destination and along the way, and assurance that the travel itinerary will go as planned.

Planning an incentive travel trip begins with choosing a destination that’s sure to please your travelers. If you’re in the process of evaluating unique travel destinations for an upcoming incentive travel trip, call us. We’ve traveled over 200 cities around the world in 97 different countries. We are sure to find a unique destination for your next trip.

Below are three cities are highly diverse in what they offer travelers.

 Las Vegas, Nevada

We often think of New York, New York, as the metropolis that has everything travelers could want. New York truly has something for everyone. But in reality, this descriptor applies more succinctly to Las Vegas, Nevada — one of the world’s most unique travel destinations.

Las Vegas is best known for world class casinos. The city also offers plenty of other world class attractions, including various types of five-star cuisine, hotels with stunning suites, and just about any type of legal entertainment you can imagine, happening around the clock.

One of the nicest things about Las Vegas is you can easily customize the trip to your tastes. If gambling and burlesque shows aren’t your idea of great entertainment, maybe going to top-notch music concerts and soaking up ultra first-rate hotel service are. Not everything that happens in Vegas needs to stay there.    

  1. Paris, France

 Paris is similar to Las Vegas; it has countless entertainments on tap at any time. The difference is that Las Vegas absorbs other cultures to create its own culture, whereas Paris has been a cultural tastemaker for centuries, particularly in food and wine, clothing fashion, interior design, and art and literature.

Among unique travel destinations in the spring season, many consider Paris a prime destination. The weather is crisp and cool, beautiful vegetation has spread leaf and petal, and street life bustles with open-air cafes and sharply dressed Parisians.

In recent years, architectural restoration has increased the attractiveness of Paris even more. Centuries of particulate matter from coal smoke became embedded in the masonry of the city’s buildings, making them look dark and dingy. Today, many of the buildings have been restored to their former glory, looking pristine in spring sunshine.

  1. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is far enough away from the U.S. that we often forget about everything it offers as a travel destination. If you’re a saki, sushi, and sashimi lover, you won’t find better fare anywhere. If you enjoy the designs of the burgeoning Japanese fashion industry, you can shop for it in some of the best boutiques for Asian clothing. Then there’s indigenous Japanese architecture and theatre, which are copiously imitated around the world.      

What’s more, because Japan is an ally of the U.S. in the South Pacific region, the Japanese tend to welcome Americans as friends instead of typecast tourists.

Like many European getaways, Tokyo offers cultural glimpses into its rich past, while providing something that many old world cities don’t: cutting edge art, fashion, cuisine, technology, and a “statist” approach to national politics that keeps the country’s historical values remarkably intact. As cities go, Tokyo is one of the most unique travel destinations.

About Our Company

Incentive Travel Solutions specializes in planning and executing incentive travel trips to unique destinations around the world. We plan all parts of the trip and send travel staff with you to ensure plans are carried out to the smallest detail. Our trips motivate employees to succeed and help bring those who qualify for the trips closer together as friends and team members.

To start planning a trip to one the world’s unique travel destinations, call us today at (704) 540-1482, or send us an email through our contact form. Your world class adventure awaits!