A Guide to the Top Incentive Travel Destinations For 2022

By: Mandy Espy
man watching sunset on tropical coastline

Incentive travel remains a top motivator, and many reward earners are eager for a new adventure (or just a change of scenery).

For some top performers, an upcoming incentive trip could be their first time traveling since the pandemic began—a trip they’ve been dreaming about for ages. Our experts are excited as ever to craft once-in-a-lifetime experiences to make travel dreams a reality, as well as help travelers navigate evolving safety guidelines.

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Your top performers deserve the very best, a destination that will motivate them to keep putting in all that hard work. A destination that is memorable, distinctive, and perhaps not-so-traditional.

Whether it’s tropics or bustling cities, these are the 10 most attractive destinations our buyers are booking right now for incentive travel. Any of the 10 experiences will make your hard-working trip qualifiers feel appreciated and re-energized.

 


 

Classic European Sites

parque del retiro in madrid spain

Madrid, Spain

Art, cuisine, nightlife, architecture—the capital city of Madrid has it all, along with a rich history to impress.

Highlights:

  • Tour the Paseo del Arte museums, including the world-famous Prado, with works by the Impressionists and Pablo Picasso
  • Wander the Parque del Retiro, an expansive urban park
  • Listen to street musicians at Plaza Mayor, the grand central square

Hotel recommendation:

  • Stay at Four Seasons Madrid, a brand-new property in the heart of the city. Walk to key attractions then return to a restful, modern retreat.
small street in dublin ireland

Dublin, Ireland

A small capital city with big personality, participants love Dublin for its friendly people, rich cultural heritage and happening nightlife scene.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy the lively Temple Bar area with its many pubs and live music
  • Tour the Guinness Storehouse brewery for the history of the iconic beverage
  • Visit Trinity College, the oldest college in Ireland and alma mater of many literary greats, including Jonathon Swift and Oscar Wilde

Hotel recommendation:

  • The Westbury, located in the center of town, is a destination itself because of its gorgeous central stairway and private art gallery.
view of loche lomond

Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland 

Seek out the “bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond, an inland lake made famous by the Scottish folk song of the same name, and take in the beauty of the surrounding Lowlands and Highlands.

Highlights:

Hotel recommendation:

  • Built in 1700 and renovated in 2020, the castle-like Cameron House is one of the most sought-after hotels in Scotland.

 


 

Sunny Tropic Locales

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San José del Cabo, Mexico 

San José del Cabo offers a more relaxed atmosphere than its better-known counterpoint Cabo San Lucas. Enjoy shopping, an enchanting plaza and dining experiences, all with plenty of sunshine and miles of beaches.

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Nassau, Bahamas

For a tropical experience with a healthy dose of urban energy, check out Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. Originally home to pirates and hustlers, the streets are always bustling.

Highlights:

Hotel recommendation:

  • For large group travel, stay at the accommodating Grand Hyatt Baha Mar (it has 1,800 rooms on property!). Be sure to take advantage of its new Baha Bay water park, which opened July 2021.
palm beach aruba

Palm Beach, Aruba 

One of the most popular islands in the Caribbean, Aruba is known for its white, sandy beaches and all-inclusive resorts. Don’t be afraid to wander off the beaten path here!

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waterfall in Costa Rica

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Costa Rica has incredible biological diversity. Discover all the beauty of its unspoiled beaches, fast-flowing rivers and national parks in Guanacaste.

Highlights:

  • Engage in outdoor adventures such as zip-lining and rock climbing
  • Take a day trip to iconic Arenal Volcano for horseback riding and hiking
  • Investigate local fauna by partaking in activities like bird watching

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U.S.-Based Adventures

skier in big sky montana

Big Sky, Montana

For fresh air and wide-open skies year-round, escape to the natural splendor of the mountains of Montana. Outdoor enthusiasts praise Big Sky for its variety of activities.

Highlights:

Hotel recommendation:

  • For a combination of lodge living and modern comfort, book rooms at Montage Big Sky.
sky view of nashville tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

While best known for its country music, Nashville is a destination spot for its revived downtown, festivals, shows and nightlife.

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beach in Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay, Princeville, Hawaii

Hanalei Bay, a picturesque setting on Kauai, the Garden Island, offers several pristine beaches for surfing, paddleboarding, swimming or simply relaxing.

Highlights:

Hotel recommendation:

  • 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay, formerly the St. Regis Princeville is undergoing a full renovation that will infuse it with authentic details such as native greenery and reclaimed materials. It will be accepting group business beginning in October 2022.
Mandy Espey
Mandy Espy

Mandy joined ITA Group in 2005, serving in operations before transitioning to the purchasing team as a Buyer and Supervisor. In her current role as Lead Buyer, Mandy leads the internal presale process for financial and insurance brands, conceptualizing events, building program budgets, negotiating supplier partner contracts, and maintaining client and supplier relationships. She works closely with internal sales and operations teams to bring strategic recommendations to each program. Mandy enjoys traveling, attending concerts, cheering on her beloved Iowa Hawkeyes and Kansas City Chiefs, and spending time with family and friends, especially her two sons.