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The Cool Benefits of Travel Rewards to Winter Destinations

Posted On: November 16, 2016

As the holiday season approaches, many of us focus on enjoying the holidays before having to endure the rest of winter. Instead of taking advantage of all that this season has to offer, some of us will hibernate, watch football and wait for the first signs of spring before emerging from the winter doldrums. 

Rewarding your employees or customers during the winter months can help them reclaim winter and come back with a fresh perspective on how to tackle even the toughest challenges at work. With over 30 years of experience planning travel incentive programs, Docherty Incentives & Meetings has creative ideas to help you reward your most important constituencies—employees, customers and channel partners—with a trip that will rival their best vacation.

Clear Minds Are Creative Bedrocks: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

The first snowfall of the season should be a cause for celebration, not resignation. Too many of us are conditioned to avoid all that winter has to offer and instead fantasize about retreating to warmer climates to wait out the winter months.

Many countries around the world have tougher, longer winters than we do at the Docherty headquarters in Minnesota, and yet they’ve learned to make the most of the season with various winter sports and festivals. Trying to come up with creative ways to incentivize your employees can be exhausting, even during high travel season. While a mid-winter cruise or a trip to wine country may be the most popular travel incentive, they aren’t the most memorable or creative ways to thank your employees for their hard work.

Investing in your employees by offering them unique travel incentives may inspire their innovative thinking and continuing loyalty to your company. Knowing what the potential reward is, what do you have to lose by planning a ski trip or a dog sledding adventure for your employees?

What’s so Cool about Winter?

Many travel destinations show their true colors in mid-winter when there are fewer tourists. Plus, popular summer travel spots such as Ireland, United Kingdom and Northern Europe are less expensive this time of year. Docherty Incentives & Meetings can help you plan the perfect winter adventure for your employees, whether they want to wander along cobblestone streets in Europe or ski down mountains in Canada.

Here are some ideas for where we can send your employees on a destination travel reward to help them emerge from hibernation and jump into all that winter has to offer:

Alaska: While the typical traveler may head to our 49th state in the summer, the intrepid traveler will want to check out what this natural wonderland is like in winter. In addition to snow shoeing, skiing, ice fishing and even dog sledding, travelers can enjoy winter festivals such as the Fur Rendezvous Festival, which features a snow sculpture contest, a sled-dog race and the “running of the reindeer.” Winter is also the perfect time to check out the aurora borealis or Northern Lights.

  • Cool Benefit: Expansive landscapes allow the mind to rest and a mind at rest is more open to creative ideas. This is just the kind of rejuvenation your employees can use so when they return from their rewards trip they are ready to offer your company renewed, creative approaches to their job.

Whistler, British Columbia: Site of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, Whistler is a world-class ski destination that’s great for group travel. The resort boasts more than 8,000 acres of prime skiing with a ski run for the most advanced to the beginning skier. Beyond skiing there is snowmobiling, dog sledding, glacier hiking, winter zip lining, bobsled tracks, Luge tracks, Biathlon shooting at Olympic park and more.

  • Cool Benefit: Physical activity is known to reduce stress. With a travel incentive that has your team experiencing a colossal mountain range as well as the fringe benefits of exercise means there is opportunity for approaching challenges and projects back at work with more calm.

Iceland: Winter is the ideal time to visit this popular travel destination and avoid the growing summer crowds. With frozen waterfalls, winter ice caves and the famous geothermal Blue Lagoon, Iceland is a top pick for employee travel incentives.

  • Cool Benefit: More affordable! We plan extensive, exquisite travel incentive programs. When choosing a majestic cold weather destination like Iceland during winter months means your budget can go farther and do more for your team.

Japan: This fascinating country has something for everyone: fresh seafood from the Japan Sea coast; amazing ice sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival; snow monkeys in Nagano; and hot springs near Mount Fuji. And of course, no trip to Japan would be complete without a stop in Tokyo.

  • Cool Benefit: Work is already underway for Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympics. The infrastructure in Japan is catering to travelers which means there are excellent advantages to choosing this country as a destination for your group meetings, team travel or incentive rewards.

Amsterdam: For employees who love the hustle and bustle of city life, Amsterdam is the perfect pick. Taking a boat tour through some of the canals is a great overview of the city while the Anne Frank House is one of the world’s most moving cultural destinations.

  • Cool Benefit: Amsterdam is a sophisticated city nestled near water. The great thing about the programs we plan for destinations like this is there is something for every taste: cosmopolitan restaurants and great swaths of coastline or energizing markets and meditative pockets.

Seeing how other people thrive and not just survive during tough conditions can be a great lesson for enduring what may seem like an insurmountable challenge. Enabling your employees to embrace winter through travel incentives can help them see how people around the world make the most of any situation. Instead of spacing out during a beach vacation, your employees may find inspiration while ice fishing in Alaska or relaxing in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.

Docherty Incentives & Meetings has over 30 years of experience in planning travel incentives, and we’ve got innovative ways to help you show your employees how much you value them. We know the difference between a generic vacation and a travel experience your employees will never forget, so why not contact us today?