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Incentive Travel Report 2015

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F OR UWE WALTER, sales and marketing manager for Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, group incentive trips he'd been on had not rung true as a real reward. Last year, he was presented with an opportunity to meet and exceed stretch sales goals for a diŸerent kind of trip—a private incentive for just him and his partner. "We had a six-night, seven-day trip to Greece, including stays in Athens, Mykonos and Santorini, which for us, was on our bucket list of destinations to visit. What made this trip so special was that it was all about us—no meetings, no galas and no tours that we weren't interested in. We took the trip this past May, as the summer is just not a feasible time for us to get away," he says. For a self-confessed control freak like Walter, letting Butter˜eld & Robinson (B & R) take over all the details was a little unsettling at ˜rst, but he quickly warmed to the seamless delivery and attention to detail that the company is known for. "We were met on our ˜rst full day in Athens by our own private tour guide, who told us she was at our disposal for the entire day. We ended up doing a tour of the city that we will never forget, and I felt that we really got to know the cultural and historical highlights of the city. We could take our time, not feeling rushed to go from one monument to the next." Walter was impressed by the attention to detail and the hid- den gems that B & R had on the itinerary. "I never would have been able to ˜nd these places on my own," he says. "The boutique hotels and restaurants were truly exceptional." On the island of Santorini, they were taken by car to the other side of the island to a restaurant on a cliŸ with a panoramic seaside view. "I tell you, we were right on the ocean, the sun was shining and we were eating ˜sh just pulled from the sea. It just doesn't get any better than that." w A ROAD LESS TRAVELLED incentive travel report

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