Incentive travel and creative conferencing is becoming a more frequent part of our business with our clients seeking a business activation that will grow the profitability of the business but strengthen their partnership with their clients, business partners and staff; through a measurable ROI platform.
These incentives and conferences are an opportunity to engage with the business partner but also get to know their home partner and to spend time getting to know them as a team in a rewarding environment.
There are many destinations that we consider when planning our programs, from an Australian regional location, tropical island in Australia, Asia Pacific or Indian Ocean, adventure and wine country in New Zealand or major cities of discovery like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and Dubai.
In recent years we have incorporated the highlight of attending some of the best world-wide events into our incentive programs, which is such an amazing opportunity for our travellers. One that dreams are made of and filled with memorable moments they will remember and talk about for years to come.
Location, location, location – when it comes to the world’s major events, it’s all about the location. Today’s global calendar is filled with an exciting range of events, both right here in Australia and on the world stage of the USA, UK, Asia and Europe.
When planning your next Incentive or Conference, here are our team’s “top picks” for 2017 – 2018.
Melbourne Grand Prix, Melbourne – 23 – 26 March, 2017
The Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix is one of the most glamorous events on the sporting and social calendar. Where you will enjoy unprecedented networking opportunities in a stylish setting. The eyes of the world turn their focus on Melbourne as anticipation for the season opening event at Albert Park reaches fever pitch. The world’s fastest cars just got faster and 2017 marks a new era. These cars will be faster than ever, set to lap the iconic Albert Park Grand Prix circuit up to five-seconds a lap quicker than in previous years.
The sport’s international superstars, past winners and present champions ready themselves to fight for victory on the track – Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo among them.
Kentucky Derby, USA – Saturday 6 May, 201
Held every year on the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby® is the longest continuously running event in the U.S., and is the first leg of racing’s Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky at the Churchill Downs race track.
Monaco Grand Prix – 25 – 28 May, 2017
No race or circuit of the Formula 1 Calendar can truly match the excellence, the glamour and the challenge of the Monaco Grand Prix. From Casino Square to the World’s most famous Hairpin, through the tunnel and past the luxurious yachts, Monte Carlo is a circuit of legendary corners full of history.
Royal Ascot, England – Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 June, 2017
This is one of the most anticipated events in the British summer sporting and social calendar and the centre piece of Ascot’s year. Five days of world-class racing, excitement, pageantry, fashion and style make Royal Ascot an event Like Nowhere Else. Image from official Royal Ascot.
Cannes Film Festival, France – 17 – 28 May 2017
The Festival de Cannes is a celebration of cinematographic art. It is a luxurious platform where the world’s best artists get to showcase new writing, new genres and new visual innovations. Each year in May, Cannes gives a snapshot of what constitutes the art of cinema.
Ever since its creation, the Festival de Cannes has remained faithful to its founding purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level. As attendees it is an opportunity to watch the creme de la creme of Cannes International Film Festival winners and celebrities.
The DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 is one of the most anticipated events in New Zealand since Rugby World Cup 2011. The Lions to tour New Zealand. The British & Irish Lions will take on the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians, every New Zealand Super Rugby team, the Maori All Blacks and the All Blacks.
Wimbledon, London, UK – 3 – 16 July 2017
Since the first Championships in 1877, Wimbledon has grown from its roots as a garden-party tournament to a Grand Slam tournament with a following of millions from around the world. It is the only Slam contested on grass and continues to honour many long-standing traditions, including a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream, and royal patronage.
US Open, New York, USA – 28 -August – 10 September, 2017
The US Open tournament started in 1881 and has evolved from an exclusive men’s singles and doubles tournament in Newport, R.I., to a two-week sports and entertainment extravaganza held in Flushing, N.Y.
With more than 700,000 fans entering the gates annually at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, it is a highlight on the US sporting calendar.
Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore – 15 – 17 September, 2017
The FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX, provides an opportunity to experience the Singapore Grand Prix, as well as the sights, sounds and people of Singapore. The city comes to life with the excitement of the finest motor racing in Asia.
AFL Grand Final, Melbourne – 30 September 2017
The AFL Grand Final is an annual Australia rules football match hosted at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The streets of Melbourne come to life with a week of Festivities leading into this iconic event. After 22 rounds played between 18 teams and enduring 3 weeks of nail biting finals, this is the game that unites the city as they wait for the triumphant team to emerge as the premiers.
AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Melbourne – 4th November, 2017
Considered one of the most prestigious days of racing in Australasia, featuring a card of nine Group races, four at the elite Group 1 level. The feature race of the day, the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby, boasts impressive prize money and is Australia’s premier staying classic for three-year-olds. The fashion stakes are high and black and white has been the prominent colour scheme for women, while men often chose to wear a grey morning suit, top hat, peacock vest and pin-stripe pants.
Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast – 4 – 15 April, 2018
The Gold Coast will host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in 2018. More than 6600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will take part in 11 days of competition from 4 to 15 April 2018.
The Gold Coast is a natural sporting playground and one of the world’s most scenic beach cities, offering the perfect party atmosphere to host the Commonwealth Games in a range of new and existing world-class venues.