1. to go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or ship; take a trip.
2. the act of traveling; journeying, especially to distant places.
You travel to get to that important meeting. Your attendees travel to see your event. You may even travel to seek out new experiences and become immersed in another culture. In this Education Essentials, you'll find tips for traveling smarter, recommendations for unique event destinations and considerations for travel safety.
Travel doesn't have to be stressful! Whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally, for business or personal reasons, keep these quick tips in mind to ensure a stress-free travel experience. For more tips on smarter travel habits, including recommended technologies, safety strategies and travel hacks, read the full article from DMC hospitality partners Jessica Brown and Melanie Stevens.
For even more travel know-how, check out these 50 travel tips from the FICP Education Committee to minimize risk to your event, your participants, and your team.
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International Destinations: South Korea
In a recent Prevue article, FICP Education Committee member Barbara Scofidio shares three bucket list experiences in South Korea for incentive qualifiers. Experience the pristine rocky shoreline at Hilton Busan, visit Panmunjom and see where the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement was signed on a DMZ tour, and enter Seoul's highest tower, the Lotte World Tower, for city views.
Good for Business
According to a new report from Harvard Business Review and travel management company, Engencia, companies that spend more on travel reap more rewards, particularly in customer loyalty, employee satisfaction and market share. The report states, "Companies with a strong travel culture had double the rate of improvement in key areas such as customer loyalty and retention (50 percent versus 21 percent), market share (43 percent versus 22 percent), and employee satisfaction (35 percent versus 15 percent), compared to companies with a weak travel culture." The report also demonstrates a correlation between strong travel culture and increased profitability. Read more.
Have you ever considered a cruise program for your meeting or event? In a recent blog post, Lynn Schwandt shares her experience planning six cruises over the course of her career. From a chartered Mediterranean cruise to a Greek Island cruise to an unchartered Alaskan cruise, the options are endless. Consider bringing in a DMC to assist with airport transfers, on-board events and events off the ship. Read more about how you can incorporate cruises in your incentives and create amazing experiences for your attendees.
Try something a little more out of the box for your next meeting or event and consider one of these surprising U.S. destinations. Plan outdoor teambuilding activities in Anchorage, AK, sample Cajun and Creole cuisine while listening to jazz in New Orleans, LA, and experience the charming and culturally rich Kansas City, MO.
What nontraditional travel destinations have you hosted in recently? Tell us in this discussion thread on TheNetwork.
At the 2018 FICP Annual Conference, Melissa Kreidie, Senior VP, iJet International, presented her breakout session, Travel Safe: Risk Management and Destination Planning. In the presentation, she shared best practices for risk management, which included performing a location and site assessment, designating a risk management and security point of contact, and reviewing emergency planning and preparation. Access the presentation on TheNetwork.
Recent concern over the safety of travelers flying Boeing 737 Max series has grounded the aircraft for the time being. The Global Business Travel Association reports that out of 155 travel managers polled, 81% responded that they were very or somewhat concerned about their own safety on one of the flights. Just 3% said it's not likely that their travelers will change their plans to fly on a different plane. Learn more about the study.
#TBT - Cliff House Maine
2018 FICP Fall Symposium attendees experienced autumn in New England like never before at Cliff House Maine, a captivating oceanfront destination set on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
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