The MICE industry is certainly a competitive one which means you as a MICE consultant need to be sure you are on top of your game at all times. This means standing out from the competition, thinking out of the box, and staying abreast of the latest trends.

This is true for any event that you host, but it’s key when it comes to incentive trips. Clients want to know that their budgets are well spent and their staff properly rewarded. So are you keen to find out what you need to do to keep incentive trips on trend for 2017? Here are five of our top tips:

Keep things green

The green movement is fast becoming less of a trend and more of a must as people become more and more aware of the impact the way we are living is having on animals and the earth.

The pressure to incorporate green elements into your incentive trips is not only coming from the consumers. There is a very strong push from the clients themselves to incorporate more environmentally conscious aspects of your events. Here are just some of the ways you can create greener events in 2017:

– Use biodegradable/sustainable/ recyclable products and packaging where       possible

– Make sure you have recycling stations that are easily located

– Book accommodation at a green or eco-friendly resort

– Replace paper with electronic versions

– Use caterers who serve organic, fair-trade and locally sourced food.

Organise quality food

Here’s something that you need to know about food; it’s one of the few things that are remembered about events. Both if the food was good or bad. So because it’s so important, and leaves such a lasting impression, it’s vital for incentive trips that you are serving up only the best food.

Food also has the power to determine how delegates feel – heavy, oily fast food is going to make delegates sluggish, for example. Keep this in mind when organising the food and ensure that your delegates are eating fresh, healthy and delicious food. Try to keep it local too when it comes to the food, the beers and the wine to add to an immersive and enjoyable overall experience for your delegates.

Tech it up

The use of technology in events today is all about engaging, interacting and including your participants. Connecting through technology and increased interaction at events is potentially going to be one of the biggest trends moving forward.

Event spaces should be gadget and smartphone friendly (as a base to work from) but should include custom-built apps and include hybrid event aspects to it (those that combine in-person interactions with virtual ones). The good news about tech being such a fundamental part of events these days is that with things like event management software, it can make your life much easier.

Create team-building activities with a twist

If you want to ensure that you are ahead of your competition when it comes to incentive trips be sure to avoid the same tried-and-true team building activities. People just don’t want to do them anymore. While team building activities are still the main features of many events and meetings, they need a serious shake-up.

The reality is that if delegates don’t feel like they are doing anything new, they won’t learn anything new. Think of ways to take your delegates out of the norm, and their comfort zones. Be as creative as possible and think you can engage in anything from green initiatives to virtual reality activities.

Choose the best location

When it comes to creating exceptional incentive trips, you need to remember that the location matters. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind with regards to the location of your events:

– Meeting spaces no longer have to be in conference rooms, and it gives you the chance to be creative with them. Ideas include galleries, castles and parks.

– Destinations that offer incredible options for post-event activities are prime.

– Many MICE consultants are looking for accommodation that is convenient, creative and comfortable.

– Locations that offer flexibility, as well as tailored events, are golden.

Interested in finding out more about how you can create exceptional incentive trips and what the trends for 2017 have in store for you? Then take a look at our exciting guide: MICE Trends for 2017. If you happen to be looking for an exceptional venue in Calpe, then contact us. Our incredible hotels in Calpe provide some of the ultimate event spaces in the area.