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PLANNER’S WORKSHOP incentive insights Day trips and awards that offer powerful incentives on a smaller budget The Day Trippers By Alexandra Haake ith smaller budgets, smaller staffs, and larger looks of worry across the faces of employees, the importance of strengthening the team and motivating the workforce has never been more critical. A day trip or experiential reward is an effective way to reconcile these needs with a strapped budget. Here are three ideas to get you started. W Kim Crisp, project specialist/human resources for GTSI Corp., an IT company that provides services to federal and state governments, says they have used the program for years. In addition to the variety of choices, she says people love it because, “With our $500 awards, you don’t actually have to spend the The chance to drive exotic sports cars—that’ll get their motors running whole thing at once; you that he’s got 25 to 50 days behind the could actually do it in $100 increments, Gotham Dream Cars wheel of a $4 million collection of for five experiences.” Gotham Dream Cars’ Dream Tour sports cars and he feels like a millionDragonfly Expeditions offers a day of driving six exotic cars aire,” says Lehmann-Haupt. The packincluding the Lamborghini LP640 age can also be doled out piecemeal to Like the idea of worldly adventure but Roadster and Ferrari F430 Spider. The numerous individuals. can’t leave the country? Dragonfly company has locations in New York and Expeditions offers dozens of historical Excitations Florida, but can provide cars from adventure experiences including a Boston, to Washington, DC, to The company in charge of providing Miccosukee Indian Heritage Airboat Philadelphia from New York, and The Discovery Channel Experiences Tour that takes participants into the Orlando to the Keys in Florida. Tours offers thousands of experiential and depths of the Florida Everglades, to include breakfast or lunch, and ameniday trip options from driving a sailboat remote islands once occupied by ties include a certificate of completion. for a day, to shark diving, to beauty les- Seminole and Miccosukee Native Noah Lehmann-Haupt, Gotham sons. Its appeal lies not only in the vast Americans—now home to alligators, Dream Cars’ CEO and founder, says the menu of options, but also in how easy it great blue herons, wood storks, and Dream Tour is “such an adrenaline is for corporate and incentive planners countless other rare animals. rush. I get letters from people that say, to provide their employees with the gift The adventure company offers visi‘this was the greatest event of my entire of choice at a selected price point. tors an experience that many would not life,’ because it’s such a raw, emotional, With eight “Choice Packages” availtypically associate with domestic destifun experience.” able from $75 to $500, a planner can nations, providing a quality trip without Gotham Dream Cars’ Dream Share is pick a price point, which is color-coded the higher expense of traveling abroad. another distinctive option—a planner so recipients do not see the cost. The tours are also a unique option for can purchase a share to give to a colRecipients have the flexibility to choose planners looking for activities within league or associate. “You tell someone from dozens of options at that price. the realm of sustainable travel. SM I June 2009 I SM I 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Successful Meetings - June 2009

Successful Meetings - June 2009
Editor's Letter
Maritz Goes Virtual
Management Matters
Food & Beverage
Incentive Insights
Roger Dow Leads the Troops
Life Goes On
The Good Life
Las Vegas Supplement
California Supplement

Successful Meetings - June 2009