Each year, different destinations emerge as the most popular choices for group business travel. We’ve examined the firm favourites, the most memorable experiences and the newest journeys to find the best incentives for 2018. So whether you’re looking for the next undiscovered city break or once in a lifetime adventure, we’ve got a list of the top 10 destinations to take your next top performers somewhere unforgettable.
Vibrant cities, charming French-Canadian towns and some of the world’s most dramatic stretches of mountainous landscapes; it’s unsurprising that so many never leave this great country. Whether it’s a short stay in quaint Quebec or an alpine adventure in Banff National Park, there really is something for every kind of incentive in Canada and with direct flights from most cities, there has never been a better time to visit.
Rising from the ashes, Vietnam became a backpacker’s tale of steeped hills and exotic beaches, street markets and bustling cities. Soon the luxury market followed with top hotels and luxury resorts opening across the country, offering guests the chance to immerse themselves in the unforgettable experiences of Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City and Red River paddy fields. Whether it’s for cityscapes or rugged mountains, you’re sure to be wowed in Vietnam.
With a rapid increase of direct flights to San Jose, this Central American jungle is seeing more and more people want to experience the ‘pura vida’ way of life. Zip line through the rainforest, spot crocodiles in eerie rivers, hike to majestic waterfalls and sip fresh coffee on hilltop plantations; its perfect blend of Jurassic Park scenery and energetic culture makes Costa Rica a top destination for unusual and luxurious experiences.
You can read all about our trip to Costa Rica with BA and the Four Seasons here.
Asia’s upcoming destination for 2018 has seen more visitors than ever before, with an increase of luxury hotels and resorts opening along its pristine coastlines. Sri Lanka’s enthralling history and culture has come out of hiding and the wealth of authentic experiences available makes it a top choice for once in a lifetime incentives. Guests can visit sacred temples, discover tranquil villages and spot elephants, leopards and monkeys in the national parks all within one short trip.
With the recently launched direct Eurostar route we’re expecting to see more events taking place in Amsterdam in 2018, the city that never goes out of style. However with the increasing demand for not-yet-done-before destinations, we’ll be looking further afield to the medieval Utrecht, beach town The Hague and innovative Rotterdam, cities that offer a fresh new take on the capital’s cultural charm.
The authentic capital of Tbilisi has made a name for itself after featuring in both the Lonely Planet and National Geographic’s best trips for 2018; and we didn’t disagree. Legendary hospitality makes it a VIP welcoming destination, perfect for incentives, and of course the unexplored traditions make for a memorable experience. Think sulphur baths, ancient architecture, mountainous views and an abundance of natural beauty for walking, rafting, skiing and horse riding.
Rather than sneak into the list, Norway has truly risen through the ranks as more and more groups descend among the captivating Fjords and scenic cities. Picturesque train journeys, whale watching, Northern Lights gazing and husky sledding are just some of what’s on offer in Norway; a beautiful destination for all seasons.
Bulgaria really does have it all. Black Sea beaches, historic capitals, famed artwork, ski slopes and forests filled with life; there is much to exhaust and entertain. As one of Europe’s cheapest countries, you can explore its gems for a fraction of the price and the accommodation doesn’t disappoint, with top hotels taking guests around the country from World Heritage sites to long strips of white sand.
Savannah safaris, colourful traditions, snow topped mountains… when you dream of an African adventure you’re likely picturing Kenya. Luxury lodges provide an exquisite base for spotting zebra, elephants and legendary predators that migrate over the desert landscapes. Beach huts and hotels welcome guests back from palmy beaches and a dip in the Indian Ocean. The Masai Mara invite groups to experience their culture within their villages. Kenya is a destination full of life; in its animals, its seas and in its people.
Japan seems to fit every adjective in the dictionary; Zen, vibrant, traditional, tropical… so contemporary that its creative hubs are celebrated across the world. Tokyo’s pop culture and neon cityscape is unlike any other, whilst surrounding the capital are chanting villages and striking landscapes that attract divers, hikers and those looking for tranquility. Whether it’s for peace or for parties, Japan makes a top destination for a celebratory incentive.
To find out what destinations made the cut for 2019, check out our top incentive travel destinations for 2019.
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