How does incentive travel make your team more productive and boost ROI?

When it comes to boosting productivity and inspiring teams, few actions are as effective as incentive travel. Not only does travel allow your teams to mix business and leisure – it allows them to bond as a group, plus they return feeling more inspired and rewarded. It’s important to adapt to new generations, as well as new developments in workplace culture. As millennials gravitate towards experiences over financial rewards, and work-life balance becomes ever more valuable, this is the year to do something different. Don't believe us? Ask the experts!

1. Travel is the most effective incentive

When it comes to incentives, few offer returns quite as significant as travel. Research from the Incentive Research Foundation shows that incentive travel programs can increase productivity by 18%, and produces an incredible 118% ROI.

On top of this, research from Harvard Business Review says cash is the most expensive way to reward employees and travel is the most economical. Furthermore, organisations that provide non-cash rewards see 3 times the revenue increase compared to those that give cash.

2. Travel can provide an innovative teambuilding experience

Teambuilding is a common exercise for all businesses, but the generational shift towards millennials, combined with a change in workplace expectations, demands a rethink of traditional teambuilding exercises. While fostering a sense of camaraderie and a strong team bond is more essential than ever, it’s important to do it in a way that is relevant to our new workplace culture.

Incentive travel gives teams an opportunity to bond over shared experiences, from giving back to the local environment and communities to trying something new or unfamiliar. Take your team to new heights with CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil, an acrobatic playground complete with trampolines, trapeze, aerial silks, and German Wheels. Specially trained staff will give your team all the coaching they need to challenge their comfort zones and conquer the skies. For something closer to home, flying trapeze classes in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are designed to challenge the body and the mind – and provide an exhilarating thrill! Whether it's giving back to indigenous communities or bonding over shared experiences of flying trapeze and skiing, there are endless ways that teams can foster a sense of camaraderie while travelling overseas.

Our recommended destination for incentive travel

If you’re looking for innovative ways to reward and motivate your team this year, here are some possible destinations and activities you can explore.

✔️ For wellness: Club Med Bintan Island, located just a short ferry ride from Singapore, is the perfect health-conscious retreat for teams that need an active and holistic destination. Research shows that healthy workers perform better in the workplace than unhealthy workers, with some studies showing that the healthiest employees are almost three times more effective than the least healthy employees. With a balanced retreat to the newly redesigned Club Med Bintan that offers Yoga, a fresh juice bar, and healthy corner, it will have your team feeling rejuvenated and refreshed for the rest of the year in no time.
✔️ For the eco-friendly: Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia, is accessible, yet your team will feel like they’ve ventured into the wild. With a treetop jungle obstacle course that’s perfect for teambuilding, as well as a turtle hatchling release at sunset, your team will feel inspired and motivated after their trip away.
✔️ For the once-in-a-lifetime incentive: Club Med Kani or the luxurious Finolhu Villas, Maldives, is a dream destination for any group, and the ultimate reward to motivate your team. Teams can help rebuild the coral reef, and venture on snorkeling trips to local islands – then finish with a sunset cruise.

Ready to organize your next incentive travel event? Speak to Club Med about how we can turn your dream event into a reality.

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