Incentive travel has proven to be one of the most effective ways to motivate your employees and reach challenging goals.

However, to make the most out of what it has to offer, you must find a destination that not only gets your employees excited but also meets the budget requirements and the goals of your company.

But what destinations are the most popular and the most worthwhile?

Let’s explore some of the hottest luxury and budget incentive journey destinations for the upcoming year below

Luxury Destinations

If you have goals that are particularly ambitious or want to reward your employees for fantastic performance with something special, you may want to invest in more luxurious and expensive travel options that are sure to leave everyone impressed.

Let’s explore some of these options below.

New York, USA

New York may not be the first city you think of when considering an incentive destination, as most people associate it with work rather than leisure.

However, it’s important to remember that New York is actually one of the biggest cities in the world and a cultural and entertainment hub that is second to none.

No matter what type of itinerary you may have in mind, you can be sure that you’ll be able to organise an unforgettable experience in the Big Apple, with numerous venue finding services available to help you hash out a specific plan.

What’s more, since the city is so important in the business world, you can also include some team building activities on your trip and make the most out of the time that you have.

Flying your team across the pond can be pricey, as can the accommodation costs, but in the end, it’s a destination that has a lot to offer if you can spare the budget.

Hanoi, Vietnam

If you’re looking for an unforgettable incentive travel destination that’s a bit more off the beaten path, Vietnam might be the perfect country to visit.

But instead of going to the capital, Ho Chi Minh, you may want to consider heading north instead and visiting the bustling city of Hanoi.

While it may be a bit harder to reach, the city is actually quite well connected, and most travellers attest that the northern part of Vietnam has a bit more to offer in terms of nature’s diversity and stunning sites to visit.

You and your team can head out to incredible sites such as Halong Bay, which is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, as well as unwind while exploring the pristine jungle and mountains that the country is famous for.

And you can be sure that your team will get excited about the prospect of going to Vietnam, not only because of the picturesque scenery but also because the country’s main attraction might be it’s unique and delicious cuisine.

While getting to Hanoi can be costly, once you’re there, the country is much more affordable than many destinations on this list, so it might be just what you are looking for.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town rarely gets on the top incentive travel destinations lists, but in recent years, more and more companies are choosing to take their employees to South Africa because the country offers an unmatched array of benefits.

For starters, you can usually expect very pleasant warm weather, perfect for outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, or exploring the city.

And the bustling city, combined with the beautiful nature all around it, will ensure that you and your team are kept busy throughout the entire trip.

What’s more, since South Africa is an English-speaking country, you won’t have any trouble communicating, which will help you and your team form deeper connections with the local people and get to know the culture.

Finally, the country is quite accessible and can be reached via direct flight, which is a huge bonus if you don’t want a tiring journey and want to avoid spending precious time at the airport lounge.


Now that we’ve gone through a few of the more exciting luxury destinations, let’s look at some of the incentive travel options for those that are on a tighter budget.

Valletta, Malta

Malta has been a popular destination for a while now, but only recently has it begun to rise in popularity as an incentive journey spot as well.

The island is easily accessible from the United Kingdom and offers delicious food, beautiful nature, as well as pleasant and warm weather for most of the year.

It’s a perfect choice if you want a short getaway that’s affordable and provides unforgettable memories of exploring the historical city or just basking in the sun.

Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius is one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations near the Baltic Sea, and that’s not surprising, considering just how well-suited it is to provide a great experience to both leisure and business travellers.

But what can you expect to find in Vilnius?

Well, you can explore the city’s historic Old Town, have a few pints of traditional local beer, or leave the city and unwind at the numerous resorts and nature’s spots around the city.

What’s more, Vilnius is also an important business hub of the region, so you can also employ local venue finding services if you want to have a quick meeting or conference in the middle of your trip.

Budapest, Hungary

Many people have Budapest on their to-go bucket list – it’s a city steeped in mystery, with its towering old buildings, beautiful and diverse architecture, and sunny weather.

However, what those that end up visiting find out is that it’s also a very youthful and vibrant city with a bustling nightlife that has some of the most fascinating bars in the world, located in the ruins of old buildings.

And the best part is, Budapest might be the most affordable city among the budget options, with affordable flights, excellent accommodation options, and various entertainment and activity ideas to keep you and your team busy for as long as you want.

Author Bio
Sarah Hill is a content writer at Seven Events Ltd – leading event company in Birmingham offering event production, venue finding and team building services in the UK. She started her career in the events industry almost a decade ago as time progressed she became an avid event blogger sharing her insight on corporate event planning.