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Photo credit: Slovenia Convention Bureau // Jošt Gantar

Incentive travel is a group motivational journey organized by the company for its employees/business partners. Incentive travel is a reward and encouragement for better interpersonal relationships between employees and business partners. From classical group trips, they differ in clearly defined and measurable travel destinations.

THE KEY OBJECTIVES OF INCENTIVE PROGRAMS ARE:

  • improving cooperation within teams
  • the greater loyalty of the employees/business partners
  • improving morale and creating a positive business climate
  • Improving job satisfaction
  • the greater motivation of employees/business partners

• improving creativity

A great advantage for destinations is that the buyer/customer is a company or an agency, not an individual guest, which greatly facilitates the logistics of the performance and marketing of the product.

Incentive programs are most often separated according to the purpose and goal of organizing such a program. Incentive programs should not be confused with teambuilding, which is usually part of the program, depending on the client’s strategic goals.

Incentives can take place in many Slovenian cities and not only in the developed MICE destinations.

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Photo credit: www.visitljubljana.si

THE MOST COMMON INCENTIVE PROGRAMS ARE

  • Sales incentive programs

The main goal of such programs is to influence and motivate employees/business partners in sales and to improve results. A typical example is a program for the best salespeople who have achieved exceptional results.

  • Prize programs

Such trips are a reward for the exceptional achievements of the teams, the completion of important strategic projects. They make a great contribution to employee satisfaction. They are among the most common forms of incentives.

  • Motivational programs

The aim of such programs is to strengthen team relations, improve employee motivation and solve conflicts in teams. A key part of such programs are strategic teambuilding programs, linked to the genuine experience of the destination.

  • Programs for loyal partners and clients

The prize for loyal clients and partners who have reached outstanding sales results. This kind of incentive is by nature the most exclusive.

ADVANTAGES OF SLOVENIA AS THE INCENTIVE DESTINATION

Slovenia enables the implementation of authentic and diverse incentive programs, which have in common the high quality of connection with local cultural and historical specialties and culinary arts. Incentive programs are a link between many fields such as culture, science, art, cuisine, history, and nature. All this places Slovenia among the European MICE destinations with an exceptional incentive product with a great potential.

Incentive stories take place practically all year round. Especially popular are the offshoring months of March, April and May, and the autumn months of September and October. This contributes to the de-seasonalization of destinations to a large extent.

Congress Bureau has already collected over 100 incentive ideas in Slovenia and published them in a special brochure. There is also a series of other activities, as the Congress Bureau believes that the Incentives are the shortcomings to Slovenia as a five-star experience destination.

The late Rok Klančnik had long ago set up the incentives on the right place. He announced congress tourism, and within this also the incentive product,  as the aristocracy of tourism. This was based on the high consumption and well-known multiplicative effects of the congress industry.

EXAMPLES OF INCENTIVE IDEAS

CULTURE AND RESPONSIBILITY TO THE ENVIRONMENT

Visit the urban beehive in Cankarjev dom – The Nesting Ground for Slovenian Arts and Culture with Bees on Top

Location: Cankarjev dom

Duration: 2 hours

Group size: min. 2 participants

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HISTORY

The Land of Hayracks

Location: Šentrupert

Duration: 2 – 3 hours

http://www.dezelakozolcev.si/en/museum-of-hayracks/

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Foto: Srdjan Zivulovic/Bobo

CREATIVITY

Graphic workshop Plastik Fantastik – more than unconventional incentive

Location: Ljubljana or anywhere in Slovenia

Duration: 1 – 2 hours

http://www.ljubljanaalternativetours.com/events/

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Photo credit: www.dezelakozolcev.si

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