Putting a successful incentive travel program together can be a complex undertaking. Anyone who has ever organized a trip, even for a small group of people, will realize that there are quite a number of details that will need to be taken care of, not only weeks or months in advance, but also throughout the trip itself — booking accommodations, securing transportation options, scheduling activities, taking note of individual needs, ensuring safety and security, and so much more. You can imagine how this frenzy can be magnified several times over when you're dealing with an incentive travel package for an organization.
While some companies choose to delegate the tasks involved to in-house staff, others find that outsourcing this duty can be a smarter way of managing the situation — especially if the company has gone beyond offering domestic travel incentive packages and prefers to organize international travels instead.
Here are key reasons why specialists from a seasoned travel incentive house would be the right people to turn to for your international travel incentive program needs:
Experienced Travel Planners will know the Best Approach to Take for Large Incentive Travel Programs. Whether your aim is to offer a trip to a single international location or to multiple locations, intricate itineraries will be involved — especially for large groups of people. If your in-house staff has only ever organized domestic travel plans for small groups of people, a larger scale project can be too much of a challenge to place in the hands of teams who do not know what to expect. It's best to hire travel planners who hand handled such projects and can confidently meet your company's requirements.
They will have full Knowledge of Factors Associated with International Travels. Compared to domestic travels, journeys outside of the United States will come with all kinds of details that will need to be considered. These include the country's local laws and customs, a wider or a different range of transportation options, different methods of booking accommodations and activities, currency conversions, value-added and international taxes, language barriers, and such.
These Established Planners will have Secure Working Relationships with the Right Companies. Without prior relationships with hotels, transportation providers, event venues or entertainment and production companiesin the country where you plan to bring your high-performing team, doing research, comparing providers, and making reservations can take up too much time. Partnering with third-party meeting and incentive planners with the right connections in the industry makes the whole task of planning the event more convenient.
They will have the Time to Devote to Making all the Arrangements and Noting all Stringent Requirements. You won't have to worry about the incentive travel planners having their mind on other corporate tasks, as would be the case if you had an in-house team taking on this responsibility on top of their regular duties.
Contingency Planning will be Part and Parcel of their Services. As with all travel arrangements, there will always be a possibility that unfortunate incidents will occur: bad weather, travel disruptions, cancelled or incorrect reservations, lost or insufficient documents, miscommunications in terms of local regulations, and the like. Should any of these occur, it's best to have a reliable travel incentive house that can expertly manage these situations.