As incentive planners are always looking for good value for money and discounts, our destination of the month for November is the UK. The Autumn and winter sales in London’s major department stores are renowned the world over for their huge quality, and quantity of discounts, so if you are planning a group in Western Europe during the next few months, why not take advantage of the many great offers that London and the UK can offer.
Easily-accessible, welcoming and inspirational, the UK offers huge potential for incentive organisers. Incentive planners are spoilt for choice in London, with world famous sporting, cultural and entertainment experiences providing legendary staff incentives and rewards.
The city also offers great value for money for incentive organisers, boasting more than 250 free attractions, including some of the world's greatest museums and galleries, as well as group discounts on travel through airline and rail partnerships. And attendees won't have any trouble getting here: London is the most accessible city in Europe, with direct flights to more than 450 destinations from five international airports, as well as direct rail connections to mainland Europe.
Whilst it is true that many first time incentive visitors visit London, there is so much more to the UK than just London. Outside of London the list of incentive options is also a long one. Incentives are about rewarding people and making them feel like winners. What better than to take them to sporting venues synonymous with success, venues like Old Trafford, Wembley, and Twickenham always inspire a winning spirit in delegates.
If it’s a meeting that you are organising, and you need your delegates to think, then where better than university towns like Oxford and Cambridge to stimulate delegates. The UK works, not only because of great infrastructure but because of the many stories that you can associate your meeting with. Companies choose destinations based on how they fit in with their brands and in the UK you are almost guaranteed to find a match to your brand.
With success comes variety, change and innovation – all the more reason therefore to make sure that you work with a DMC who is up to date with all the changes that go with the success. The DMC UK
, one of the newest members of the World of DMCs is just that company. Operating for over 15 years and with experience of organising events all over the country, they count the following suggestions as amongst their favourites.
Liverpool, with its world class attractions, spectacular events, world class sport and unrivalled musical heritage, Liverpool is the ideal destination to visit and explore. With the largest collection of museums and galleries anywhere outside of London, the city’s culture and heritage are at the very heart of the destination.
Lake District, England’s largest National Park is home to Scafell Pike - its highest mountain, Wastwater - its deepest lake and thriving communities like Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere.The Lake District is a gem of a place to visit. There are breathtaking lakes, soaring mountains - known locally as ‘fells’, picturesque valleys and even sandy coastline.
Stratford-upon- Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, it is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK. With easy road, rail and airport access, it is the perfect place for a vacation or short break. Facilities for conferences and smaller business venues are excellent.