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A Change in Latitude Can Greatly Affect Attitude

2 Aug

Yes, nothing works like travel. Compared to group incentive travel, individual travel awards are different, highly motivational, dependable and affordable.  So what are the advantages of individual incentives?

  1. Award winners can choose their own travel destination.
  2. They can travel when it is most convenient for them based on their individual schedules, needs and/or responsibilities.
  3. You won’t have your top sales performers all out of the office at the same time.
  4. Individual travel awards are more popular with spouses/guests.
  5. These awards are priced substantially less than group incentive trips, based on the elimination of the on-site staffing, destination management company transfers and activities, and no group food & beverage events.

Create your own escape by choosing from hundreds of US and international cities and resort destinations…virtually an unlimited selection of recreational, entertainment and cultural activities.  I’m willing to bet I have a travel award tailored to your budget.

It’s not the thought that counts. It’s the award! 

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When a Luxury Caribbean Resort Just isn’t Enough

10 Jul

Sometimes, you just need the whole island! This resort can accommodate exclusive incentive groups in a variety of accommodations, which include 32 Ocean View Rooms, 20 Beach Front Jr. Suites, and three luxury Villas.

What is the name of this island resort?

CLUE:  This resort is on the largest private island in the British Virgin Islands and it was owned by the Amway Corporation from 1978 until 2001 when full ownership was transferred to the Van Andel family, co-owners of Amway.

CLUE: Sports Illustrated selected this locale for its 2011 swimsuit edition.

CLUE:  The resort is steeped in intriguing pirate lore and unspoiled landscapes. Breathtaking deep blue seas meet five, pearl-white beaches, while lush palm groves and verdant tropical mountains.

CLUE:  England may have invented the butler, but Peter Island has invented the “Island Host” program, an intuitive guest services program. From the moment you arrive till the moment you depart, your personal Island Host will tend to your every need: from unpacking, island itinerary, assuring every in-room amenity is to your liking, private island picnic lunches, candlelit beachside dinners and more.

REVEAL: This is Peter Island Resort & Spa

Peter Island Resort and Spa

Peter Island Resort and Spa

Introducing Conlin’s Travel Tuesday Photo Challenge

8 May

CLUE 1: Europe

CLUE 2: The mountain you see below is also a ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

CLUE 3: Pennine Alps

CLUE 4: Its summit is 4,478 meters

REVEALED: The Matterhorn, approached from Zermatt, Switzerland

Each Tuesday over the next few weeks, I will post a photo from my travels. Your challenge will be to guess the location. The first person to submit a correct guess in the blog’s comment section will win a $5 Starbucks gift card, courtesy of Conlin Incentive Group.

We’re going to start out easy but they will get more difficult as the contest progresses.  If we don’t get a winner the first day, I will give some clues until we get a winner or a week has passed, whichever comes first.

Here’s the first week’s photo:

The Matterhorn - Switzerland

The Matterhorn, approached from Zermatt, Switzerland

Additional contest terms:

  • If a correct guess is NOT received by midnight the following Tuesday, that week’s prize is forfeited, the location will be revealed to readers and a new contest week will begin.
  • The winner will be notified by email with 24 hours. A name/company/address will be requested to fulfill the prize.
  • Winners can only win one prize in the calendar year.
  • CIG reserves the right to modify the contest at any time.

Why I still like Mexico

21 Feb

San Miguel de Allende

When you Google “Mexican Drug War”, you’ll see the link to a Wikipedia article. Yes, I know Wikipedia isn’t always completely accurate, but the information on the Mexican Drug War is expansive in its content and nothing short of shocking. The terror and loss of life in Mexico is massive. I have a client who is determined not to bring his President’s Club group to Mexico until this situation is under control and contained. I get that. And yet, I have another client heading with his company’s President’s Club to Mexico for the second year in a row. I get that too.

Total visits, USA to Mexico, were down 8% last year, but air travel, USA to Mexico, was up 3% last year. So why do I still like Mexico? And, why do we travel to the Riviera Maya, San Miguel de Allende, Puerto Vallarta, or Los Cabos three to four times a year?

Here’s my list:

  1. I feel safe in Mexico. I feel safe at the airport, along the highway to the resort, and then at the resort. We don’t venture off property at night, unless it’s with a group and is supervised by our destination management company partners.
  2. Since Mexico is our neighbor to the south, from practically everywhere in the USA, it’s easy to get to Mexico. From the southern US cities, you’ll be there by lunch. From the northern US cities you’ll be there by 3:00PM.
  3. Scores of beautiful beach resorts have been constructed over the past thirty years. San Miguel de Allende is one of the most wonderful destinations in the world. And over on the Riviera Maya, you should see what the developers of Mayakoba have created.
  4. At the more luxurious resorts, the Mexicans have developed a knack for excellent guest service. A career in hospitality at one of the finer Mexican resorts is a very prestigious career. I sense more pride, enthusiasm and job satisfaction in these Mexican resorts than in the Bahamas or in the Caribbean. To me, the Mexicans just seem to be happier.
  5. Mexico is a better value than the Caribbean. It seems that everything costs less.
  6. When we travel to Mexico it just feels like a vacation should feel. Fewer logistics, fewer hassles, and more relaxing.

What are your thoughts about Mexico?

Photo Source: Explore &Go Mexico