Incentive - May 2009 - (Page 36)

Up and Coming Destinations: International Manchester Northern Ireland Liverpool Vietnam By Kassia Shishkoff and Corrie Dosh conomic shifts and expanded group offerings are making incentive planners look twice at these emerging destinations. From Northern Ireland’s rolling green golf courses to Vietnam’s French-infused cuisine, these areas have a range of options for incentive groups. Vietnam If you’re looking for a new and non-commercialized destination for a corporate rewards program, Vietnam could be a place to look into. When traveling in this country, there is practically no need to create a theme-based experience; the country is steeped in a unique, unspoiled culture and heritage. “In Vietnam, the history is still the present, with many traditions and customs still intact and as richly evocative today as they have ever been,” says Paul Levrier, managing director for the Vietnam team of Destination Asia, a destination management company that specializes in Indochina operations. Not only do the Vietnamese have their own culture, they’ve also adopted some elements of the food, art and architecture of the French, says Levrier. Levrier, who has lived in Vietnam since 1994, recommends Hanoi as a good incen- E tive travel destination. It is one of the cities in Vietnam that has a significant blend of French and Asian cultures, which makes it distinct from other Asian cities. Hanoi has a “wide variety of quality venues that can be hired for events,” says Levrier. He also says the city’s options for specialized touring are generally considered more diverse than other areas in the country. Vietnam does have a wide variety of climates and weather patterns due to its long and unprotected coast. Depending on when and where you’re going, you could encounter weather that’s very hot and humid or cool and drizzly, or be somewhere that gets daily afternoon rainstorms. But because of that, any time you want to visit, there’s somewhere in Vietnam that has great weather. Levrier also says that Vietnam is not known for its Western-style events or entertainment, and it is not meant to be. 36 | Incentive | May 2009 |

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Incentive - May 2009

Incentive - May 2009
Editor’s Note
Cover Story
Incentive House Roundtable
Incentive Strategies
Travel News
Up and Coming Destinations
Florida Beaches
Marvelous Mexico
Size and Style Matter in Luggage, Leather
Dining Gift Cards
Gift Cards Aid Archdiocese’s Wellness

Incentive - May 2009