Top 5 Short to Mid Haul Incentive Destinations for Winter 2019
Winter season can be a great time for an incentive trip. It’s an effective way to encourage employees to achieve strong Christmas sales, motivate your team by giving them something to look forward to during the dark Winter months or reward staff for performance against end of year targets.
Whether you’re in search of some Winter sun or a snowy adventure, we have highlighted our favourite short to mid haul Winter destinations that will hopefully provide the inspiration you need.
The Azores, Portugal
The Azores (one of the archipelagos in Portugal) is located to the west of Portugal in the middle of the North Atlantic. It comprises of nine volcanic islands with an indescribably beautiful and pristine landscape.
From October the crowds of tourists are gradually fizzling and the year long mild climate makes it perfect for some outdoor activities. This wonderfully sleepy and chilled out location, with fantastic landscapes of volcanic peaks, hot springs, black-sand beaches and waterfalls, is a paradise for nature-lovers. You can also explore the culinary scene of the islands. Learn the history of Azores’ unique cuisine and sample some of the traditional dishes with flavours of seafood, spicy stews, sweet desserts and rich dairy products, all made from local ingredients.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
It’s Summer all year round in the Canaries with temperatures averaging in the low-mid 20s. It is one of those rare places where you can truly enjoy being outdoors at any time of the year. On virtually any day, whatever the season, you can expect to be bathed in glorious sunlight beneath a bright blue sky.
Apart from having the best climate in Spain, the island crowned by Mount Teide, has incredible landscapes, idyllic beaches and picturesque villages to explore. Tenerife offers a whole host of unique and exciting experiences that will truly bring your team closer together. Hop on board a catamaran and witness whales and dolphins in their natural habitat, visit the island’s largest zipline thrill park, see the sunset and stars from Mount Teide or take a paraglide flight above the island.
During the Summer tourists flock to Scotland to visit picturesque towns, such us Portree on the Isle of Skye and New Lanark, the exquisite world heritage site. However, once the good weather leaves, so do they. That’s why Autumn and Winter travel is becoming increasingly popular in Scotland.
Scotland is not only known for it’s beautiful and historic cities, but also the majestic Highlands where cities give way to magnificent mountains and unspoiled landscapes. It is full of things to see and do, from whisky tasting by the Loch Lomond and Highlands dining experiences to more active pursuits, such as 4×4 off road driving, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking.
If you are travelling during Halloween, a visit to Edinburgh’s Old Town is a must. Try a ghost tour through the old town, trip into the vaults beneath the city or a stay in a haunted castle! The Christmas season in Scotland is marked with Christmas markets where you can buy local design, eat your bodyweight in hearty street food and ride ferris wheels or carousels.
With its spectacular Zillertal Alps, reliable snow and ski resorts, this town in the western Austrian state of Tyrol is an ideal destination to take your team this Winter, especially if they’re ski lovers.
Those looking for snow activities that don’t involve skiing will also have plenty to choose from. This includes snowshoeing, which is hiking over the snow in specially designed shoes. There are many Winter hiking tours that can be enjoyed this way, with some routes lit at night. Alternatively, you can opt in for some sledging fun or go paragliding and take in the stunning views of the Zillertal Alps from above. With its Après ski scene, there’s also plenty of bars and clubs for your top performers to enjoy when the sun goes down.
If you’re interested in a unique cold weather incentive, there’s no place to feel true Christmas magic like Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus.
You can create a magical event in Rovaniemi by visiting Santa’s village, taking a reindeer ride or a husky tour, hunting for the Northern Lights or eating in a -4 degree ice restaurant. For more active experiences you can try snowshoeing or a snowmobile safari.
If you wish to avoid the crowds, January/February is a great time to visit when there is lots of snow and plenty to see and do!
These are just a selection of exciting destinations to take your staff this Winter. Our team would love to work with you to build the perfect incentive programme. Call us on 0114 400 0074 or email [email protected].