Each year, the team at Banks Sadler sit down to compile our must-see business travel destinations for the year ahead. Why do we do this? Because the world of travel incentives is always changing. As workplace cultures evolve, employee desires change, and new travel trends emerge, it becomes important for organisations looking to offer the very best travel incentive programs to stay on the very cusp of what it new, exciting and relevant. With that in mind, here are our top incentive travel destinations of 2020, guaranteed to tick the boxes for your employee reward schemes and help provide important boosts to your business goals.
You don’t have to fly half-way around the world to experience enriching travel. The luscious green county of Cornwall is surrounded by gorgeous coastlines perfect for surfing and relaxing in the summer months, while cut-away rural areas provide serene opportunities for walks through ancient woodlands and hiking along breath-taking waterfall trails. The tone of a Cornwall travel incentive is all about rustic Britain. Whether you choose to go for luxury in elegant hotels or estates, or treat travellers to back-to-nature experiences like glamping or camping out under the stars, this corner of the British Isles has something to offer everyone.
To put it simply, Greeland is an arctic wonderland just waiting to be explored by intrepid travellers. With direct travel from most-all major airports in the UK, flights to this wild and untamed world of ice and snow come cheap and easy. One of the top incentive travel destinations of 2020 for employees that long to experience epic journeys and adventure, Greenland is famous for its jaw-dropping glaciers, husky trail rides, ice-kayaking and quaint and cosy little fishing villages.
With Norweigan Air gradually starting to dominate budget air-travel in the UK, flights to the isolated city of Tromsø in Norway have gone from being long and expensive to as simple as flying to Paris. Tourism to this, Norway’s capital within the Arctic Circle, has risen dramatically in recent years, and it isn’t hard to see why. A gateway to the staggering Norweigan Fjords and glaciers, and a prime location to witness the Northern Lights, Tromsø promises all visitors memories to last a lifetime.
Made internationally famous by Ed Sheeran’s smash-hit chart-topper, Galway Girl, the lively coastal city of Galway in Ireland has far more to offer than catchy pop lyrics. Galway city is all about urban culture. From an electric range of modern and historic architecture to incredible hotspots of live entertainment, this is perhaps one of the top incentive travel destinations of 2020 for those seeking a runaway city break. Home to 5-star restaurants, a wide range of shopping options, local markets, warm and inviting pubs and much, much more, Galway is an undoubted gem of European travel.
Tangier may not be the location you think of when you consider Morrocan travel, as your mind probably turns to Marrakech or Casablanca. But at Banks Sadler, we think you’d be missing out. The port town of Tangier is well-known for its commercial links between Europe and Africa, which date back centuries. As a result, this place oozes history, with an absolutely stunning old town, heritage sites and a host of museums. Outside Tangier, you’ll also find a stunning beach and still further afield, rural spots to catch a camel ride, and locations such as the Cave of Hercules — the inspiration behind Ancient Greek legend.
When you think US top travel incentive destinations, you probably think New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, so why are we suggesting Boston instead for 2020? Boston is a little-known diamond that has so much to offer travellers. Its history is rich, its architecture is picturesque, and its culture of food, sports and shopping promises to offer something to captivate everyone. If you want to send your employees off to experience a new side of America, one that really gives them the chance to see places rarely enjoyed by international tourists, then Boston has to be a firm favourite. In 2020, travellers want something different and new. Boston offers exactly that, by giving them a taste of the true American lifestyle.
Known for the world-famous Panama Canal, this country, bordered by Costa Rica to the north and Colombia to the south, with coasts on both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, has a lot to offer for such a small location. Because of its central location, it’s easy to reach Panama. Once your travellers have arrived, they’ll be treated to a range of experiences, from thriving modern city life to stunning beaches and amazing opportunities for diving and snorkelling. For those who love to explore, Panama also offers hundreds of uninhabited and rarely explored tropical islands across The San Blas Archipelago.
Tores del Paine, Chile
We don’t need to say much about the Tores del Paine in Chile, because if a picture speaks a thousand words, a picture of this National Park is going to say something incredible. Home to glaciers, exotic wildlife, crystal-clear rivers, snow-capped peaks, and pristine lakes, this is a slice of heaven on Earth for anyone who lives for the outdoors. Reaching this location is by far the most difficult on this list. Flights to Buenos Aires are easy enough, but following that there is an internal connecting flight and a bus ride to Tores del Paine National Park itself. Still, the best things in life do not come easy, and it’s hard to argue this place is anything other than one of the best things in life. Your travellers also have the opportunity to experience the city of Buenos Aires while making the journey to Tores del Paine, which in itself is an exciting and attractive incentive travel proposition.
Travel to Japan has risen at a shockingly fast rate. Numbers are jumping by millions each year, drawn by a combination of ancient history and new-age technology. Japan is home to an incredible cocktail of stunning mythology and heritage sites, that interweave with a state-of-the-art world that is very much at the pinnacle of modern society. While you’d be forgiven for immediately thinking of Tokyo as the go-to Japanese destination, at Banks Sadler, we recommend instead you consider the vibrant metropolis of Osaka. This compact hive of dazzling lights and technological displays immerses and excites at every turn. It’s smaller than the capital city, but that just adds to its charm and makes it feel a little more adventurous, and a little less business.
When it comes to the top travel incentive destinations of 2020, it’s hard to find anywhere that can beat Bhutan for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This hidden gem borders India to the south, China to the north and has become isolated from the world thanks to its location within the eastern range of the Himalayas. A mountainous Buddist Kingdom of intense cultural and religious experiences, perfect for those who are seeking personal development and enriching travel, Bhutan isn’t as difficult to reach as you might have thought. Connecting flights are available with major carriers such as British Airways, with a single stop-over in Istanbul, Turkey. While it might be a little harder to reach than other locations on this list, there is nowhere on Earth you can visit quite like it. If you really want to incentivise your employees with travel, where better to take them than somewhere they’d never have thought to go?
Banks Sadler are experts in delivering bespoke incentive travel programmes in some of the world’s most incredible destinations. Get in touch with our experts to discuss your unique business needs today, and we’ll help you.