When planning a conference or incentive travel program, it is important to come up with unique and once in a lifetime experiences to keep your attendees motivated and excited to come back year after year. In fact, a study done by Site International Foundation and the Incentive Travel Council, in regard to incentive and corporate travel, found that 71% of respondents said they highly valued the opportunity to experience something unique on a trip that they could not do on their own. Many companies though, choose to go with the same generic destinations for their programs year after year. What they don’t realize is that thinking outside the box doesn’t have to be complicated and planning a one-of-a-kind experience for your guests can be simpler than you think.
Have you ever considered holding a conference or incentive trip on a river cruise? This up and coming cruising trend is a conference experience you should investigate. With a river cruise, you have the opportunity to take your attendees to multiple destinations with endless amounts of excursions, while traveling is made simple by moving from city to city overnight. Unlike large conventional cruise ships where you can get lost trying to find the meeting space, river cruises typically hold 20-150 guests, creating an intimate and exclusive feel for your attendees. With a variety of ship sizes, whether your planning a program for a larger or smaller group, you still have the opportunity to charter a whole ship, giving you the flexibility to customize the itinerary according to your agenda and use all of the public spaces to your liking.
With destinations throughout Europe, South America and Asia you’ll be sure to find a river cruise that fits perfectly with your program objectives – one filled with sightseeing throughout Europe’s legendary cities along the Rhône River or visiting the Amazon Rainforest – this can be the backdrop to your next conference.
If you are interested in incorporating these amazing floating venues into your next program, contact Dragonfly Meeting Solutions. We can provide you with some amazing itineraries and you can sit back and enjoy the scenery!
Contributor: Lindsay MacFarlane