Raise a glass to wine resorts for incentive trips and small corporate meetings

It is that time of year when vineyards all across the globe are preparing to harvest their fruit and begin the time honored tradition of making wine. Ever since Lucille Ball stomped her way into our hearts on her famous show, wineries have been a part of world’s culture. Today, vineyards around the world are becoming the “in place” for meetings, sales incentive trips and employee recognition events. Much more than just a place to do a “wine tasting”, resorts have sprung out of the fruit-filled hills offering a plush and often an educational location for your next event. So whether you are a vino enthusiast or just looking for that unique local for your group, consider a wine resort. Here are some of our favourites. Continue reading

Six easy-to-implement employee recognition initiatives

It’s not what is inside the gift box that matters, but what it represents: Your genuine appreciation. Peer-to-peer recognition is among an employer’s most powerful and cost-effective tools for engaging employees. When employees are actively encouraged to notice and appreciate the behaviors of their colleagues who contribute to the company’s success, you as a leader will create an environment that is guaranteed to excite and inspire your team to give their best every day. Being nice… Continue reading

Use this checklist to create an incentive program your clients will never forget

Another year means another incentive program. The constant challenge is how do you make it special and better that what may have happened the previous year? How do you create that unforgettable sales incentive trip (LINKS TO: http://www.americanmeetings.com/ami-Sales-Incentive.php) or employee appreciation award program that your clients will never forget? These folks have worked hard for their organization, and need not only to be treated extra special, they need to be blown away by the experience. Here’s a checklist of great incentive ideas to give your clients the incentive trip of a lifetime. Continue reading

Buy Canadian

When planning your next event or incentive, you will inevitably be thinking about what to give. It’s more important than ever right now to keep our dollars in Canada. There are a multitude of products available in our own backyard; all you have to do is ask. Canadian-made is becoming top of mind for many clients. Here’s a sampling of a few Canadian treasures to consider when planning an event or incentive travel. Continue reading

Incentive travel on the rebound

After the lingering effects of the AIG debacle in the United States and a lingering recession to deal with, incentive travel is making a comeback across most of the Canadian corporate landscape. Continue reading