The last few years have been a rollercoaster. Work fatigue, often referred to as “burnout” is rearing its ugly head. Your employees, hardworking as they may be, are noticeably sluggish. You want to motivate and inspire them and you’re not sure how.
Few rewards inspire and motivate the workplace more than a company incentive trip or retreat.
Nothing stimulates group work ethic quite like the idea of a much-needed vacation. Besides the actual vacation benefits itself, like sun, sand or sea, everybody needs a break from the day to day routine. Diving into a new, unique experience in a far-off land influences creativity and innovation. Upon return to the office, you will notice a sizable shift in employee enthusiasm and camaraderie.
Incentive travel has a special way of bringing colleagues closer together than ever before.
If we at Ascent Performance Group were to choose the most valuable takeaway from the group incentive experience, it just might be the close relationships fostered amongst the employees. Unique, shared experiences create bonds that last a lifetime, and incentive travel programs are designed so that participants can let loose, have fun and be themselves.
Here are some testimonials we’ve received after various sales and corporate incentive trips we’ve had the pleasure of hosting:
- “The comradery with such a fine group will be cherished by us forever.”
- We will cherish all the memories and friendships that were made during our time in Budapest and we can’t thank you enough for making us feel so appreciated.”
- “The trip was a dream of a lifetime. The memories with the individuals that went on the trip and the experiences while in Ireland will be cherished forever.”
- “The best part of the trip was the people who attended. The whole group was a blast (this 100% includes the incredible station management team. It was so, so, so great to meet everyone)!”
- “The group was incredible – made new friends.”
To build a stronger team and reward hard work, a vacation incentive is the answer.
Planning an incentive trip, however, can be a daunting task. There are many decisions to make and twice as many logistics to consider. What if you could offer a well-planned company incentive trip without the headache of actually planning it yourself?
Well, good news! You can. The Ascent Performance Group team are experts at exactly that. We plan everything seamlessly from start to finish. All you have to do is decide on a destination! Need help there too? Our experience planning and hosting incentive trips for employees has given us unparalleled insight on the best destinations to increase company morale.
Five European Destinations That Deliver
And because we know Europe never disappoints, here are our top 5 European destinations guaranteed to deliver the high quality, unforgettable experience you are looking for.
A beautiful, green and delightfully happy island, Ireland is always a crowd pleaser. There are so many natural gems to discover in this country. Beginning your journey in Killarney makes it easy to see Gap of Dunloe, a stunning mountain pass which cuts between MacGillycuddy Reeks and Purple Mountain. The rugged coastline and traditional fishing villages of Dingle Peninsula are must-sees. Visit a traditional Irish Farmhouse to learn the tricks to herding sheep. Take a cooking class with an Internationally-known chef! Of course, no trip to Ireland is complete without diving into the vibrant city of Dublin, where live music, fresh pints and historic sites abound.
“The trip was a dream of a lifetime. The memories with the individuals that went on the trip and the experiences while in Ireland will be cherished forever.”
This is a truly unforgettable destination and bucket lister for many. From its islands to its history, Greece is so chock full of iconic sites that it can be quite overwhelming to whittle it down to the essentials. We can handle it. Athens is a great segway to the most important pieces of history, like Acropolis and its monumental museum. Old town Plaka, with its winding streets and colorful shops, is the perfect setting for a Welcome dinner. A quick flight to Santorini brings a whole new vibe, where travelers can revel in watching world class sunsets, sailing in the turquoise sea, exploring the local wineries or ancient ruins of the island.
“Going to Greece was the trip of a lifetime. I couldn’t have asked for a better host or tour company. Everyone was so friendly and ready to have an enjoyable time.”
Once an overlooked destination, the world is waking up to Hvar and Dubrovnik. And for good reason! Croatia is an absolute gem, and its little cities are as lively and scenic as they come. Begin your experience on a speedboat through the Adriatic to the island of Hvar and its Venetian-influenced Old Town. Explore the local islands and their coves on traditional fishing boats or hop on a scooter for a tour through vineyards, villages and lavender fields. Drive a VW Beetle across the island to Dubrovnik, Croatia’s crown jewel! Pop in a seaside town for an oyster tasting along the way.
“Croatia is a spectacular destination…beautiful sweeping vistas in every direction, and warm wonderful people…only made better by the magnificent tours and coordination provided by Ascent!”
Catalunya’s seaside prize is enchanting and seductive. Its architecture is stunning and the cuisine equally so. Barcelona has so much to offer and we want to show you as much as possible! Start with a privately-guided tour around the Gothic Quarter to get to know the history. Enjoy a visit to the famous, and still not finished, Sagrada Familia. Learn to make authentic Spanish tapas, or snacks, with a local Chef. Head out to Girona for a day for the chance to see the Dali Museum, a broad collection of the quirky artist’s most recognizable works. Head to the Spanish countryside for an electric bike ride through the wine region, where you will sample regional wines and sparkling cavas.
“Thank you for putting together the most wonderful trip, ever! I have never traveled like this where everything is planned out and it was fantastic. The choices of where to take nearly 40 people, the logistics of getting us there and back, plus the native guides were amazing! For me, this was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget. Your team took time to get to know me and to take care of all my needs. Thank you for everything!”
Hungary’s magical capital city looks like a fairytale come to life. Its architecture is truly the stuff dreams are made of and is often an unexpected surprise to its visitors. The award-winning Four Seasons Gresham Palace is perfectly located on the Danube River, allowing walking access to both Buda and Pest. Uncover the city’s past with a tour of Buda Castle district. Stroll the Great Market Hall, where you can buy anything from Hungarian embroidery to fresh paprika. Sail along the river at dusk as the city’s grand architecture illuminates along the river banks. Spend a day at Lake Balaton, a countryside ranch or hop over to Vienna for a whirlwind tour of Austria’s capital city, just a few hours away.
“Every. Single. Thing. It was beautiful, flawless, never wondered what was happening. The trip was like a dream and including everything we could have hoped for. The food was delicious and all the details (big and small) were executed perfectly. From transportation organization, to the nightly gifts on our bed, to my husband’s mushroom allergy, to a birthday card signed by all the hosts. You all did an amazing job and thank you just isn’t enough!”
Want to hear more? The team at Ascent Performance Group is ready to talk about your company, your goals and your options. We aim to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both you and your team that will help to build a strong culture for your business and your brand. Let’s talk about what’s best for you, whether that is a corporate group travel service, company retreat or a travel incentive program!