The popularity of incentive travel as a reward structure is seeing a rapid increase as we move into the 2020s. Many businesses are experiencing the benefits of introducing travel as part of their internal incentive schemes, which includes a myriad of positive responses from increased employee loyalty to higher levels of productivity.
However, incentive travel is only effective if the reward on offer proves to be an opportunity that drives employees to achieve bigger and better results. If they have no interest in obtaining the travel reward, they won’t work harder to be a part of the trip.
At Banks Sadler, we’ve managed countless travel incentive schemes and supported businesses around the world to develop their own unique programs. We know what makes a great reward destination, and today we’re confident in announcing that Kyoto in Japan is one of the best travel incentive locations anywhere in the world.
What’s Great about Kyoto, Japan?
When you picture cities in Japan, you’d be forgiven for thinking of vast dazzling cityscapes, packed full of people on the ground and bright digital billboards stretching up the sides of massive skyscrapers.
This isn’t Kyoto.
Tokyo and Osaka are perhaps the two most famous cities in Japan, and both have embraced the technological revolution in a big way. These locations are hubs of commerce and industry, making them appear more like cities of the future than anywhere else on Earth.
But this really isn’t Kyoto.
Kyoto is a city of serene beauty and rustic charm. Once the capital of Japan, it’s a historic location where ancient Japanese culture creates a delicate and inviting cultural aura, in much the same way as Rome or Athens.
The Old Town, home to a variety of heritage sites include Buddhist temples, palaces and shrines, mixes with ancient Samurai castles and tranquil zen gardens. Walking through the streets of Kyoto, as pagoda’s loom above sprouting cherry blossom trees, it feels as if you’ve stepped back in time to a world long since lost. Old-style inns (Ryokan) remain well preserved as accommodation options for an authentic Kyoto experience, with a vast collection of ancient wooden tea houses helping to complete the effect.
Outside of the ancient aesthetic, Kyoto is a hive of intoxicating culture. Both the Maiko and Geisha movements originated from Kyoto, and their influence still has a firm hold on the city to this day, with plenty of venues featuring this age-old brand of art, dance and music.
Make sure your employees get a taste of local cuisine and visit the legendary Bamboo Forest, too!
Why Kyoto Is Suitable for Business Incentive Travel
It’s hard to argue that Kyoto is not an exciting travel location, but businesses looking to secure the best results from their travel incentives want more than just a fantastic location. They want to find a destination that feeds their objectives and works with their goals.
And that’s why Bank Sadler is such a big advocate of Kyoto — because not only is it a great destination, but it also benefits your business by:
Creating Cohesive Team Environments
Kyoto is a city of new cultural experiences and exploration. These kinds of activities are perfectly suited to generating team building in relaxed environments. Unlike competitive exercises, there is no dominant force or desire to win that can affect interactions. In Kyoto, everyone is on the same level, experiencing new activities in the same way. The result is the development of personal connections beyond work-like problem-solving. Workers get to know each other on a more intimate level; in short, they can build real friendships. Friendships at work are proven to increase happiness and productivity, which means by engaging in trips that cultivate friendships and not just working relationships, you get even more benefits from your travel incentive scheme.
Introducing an Unusual Opportunity
The purpose of a travel incentive is to provide employees with opportunities you want them to clamour for. You want to offer something unique and imaginative that people jump at the chance of being part of. There are many amazing travel locations out there, but the problem is, personal travel is also on the rise. The drive to achieve results for incentive travel may diminish if you opt for a common location that employees are already familiar with. Kyoto is a hidden gem and somewhere off the radar for most personal travel experiences. It’s a location guaranteed to spark interest and offer something most employees would never have even thought of.
Presenting Versatile Infrastructure
Kyoto might not be the biggest city in Japan, but its cultural significance makes it a hub of tourism and trade that should not be underestimated. There are excellent transport links and accommodation options here, as well as entertainment operators well suited for large business clients. However, because it’s not the most popular city for visits, there are also opportunities for savings and deals to reduce costs, too. Overall, Kyoto is a city that is very easy to visit for business incentives, with everything worth doing and seeing packed so close together, that management of the whole trip is simple and pain-free.
Start your journey to Kyoto with Banks Sadler. We’ll help you make all the travel arrangements necessary to secure the best results from your incentive program! We’ll sort everything, from finding the best hotels to fit your budget to arranging activities and entertainment. Contact our team today.