The New Year is just a few days away, and we’re excited about what 2018 has in store. With many groups headed to the U.S. we have plenty of undiscovered paradise that will enchant incentive planners. With so many incentive destinations to consider, we whittled the list down to 5 (or six) destinations that we think you may want to consider for your next group.
1 – Big Sur, California
A little over a year ago, Big Sur was ravaged by heavy rains and mudslides. Today, the town and surrounding areas are once again bustling and luxurious, with the 160-acre Ventana reopening as the first Alila property in the US. The view is stunning with mountains, lush forests, and breathtaking sunsets over the big blue Pacific. Big Sur is perfect for glamping events, incentives, ride and drives, and so much more.
2 – Nashville, Tennessee
Crowned as the “it” city by the New York Times, Nashville is one of America’s top ten fastest growing cities. Fondly known as “Music City,” legendary music artists like Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton And Taylor Swift regularly draw big crowds to famous concert venues like the Ryman Auditorium, the Bridgestone Arena, and the Grand Ole Opry. With hotels including the famous Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center there is plenty of luxury and relaxation to enjoy before experiencing the extraordinary night life of the city. From southern comfort foods, great live music to exciting professional sporting events or a stroll through Country Music’s Hall of Fame, or a dinner cruise on the Cumberland River aboard the General Jackson Showboat – there’s plenty to do in this little gem of a city.
3 – Palm Springs, California
If it’s a lovely dry heat that excites, there’s nothing quite like the weather in Palm Springs. With an average of 350 days of sunshine every year, it’s a great place for incentive travel. With a portfolio of over 80 properties, this little jewel in the desert offers something for everyone. Consider new fresh boutique options like the Avalon Hotel for those start up tech companies, or for those looking for something a little more traditional but not obvious, the Kimpton and Andaz properties are worth a look. For a more traditional Palm Springs experience, the Ritz Rancho Mirage is at the top of the list. There’s a wealth of elegance, history, spas and experiences to be found in this “little” city. Did we mention that the golf is pretty amazing also – after all, there is a reason it is nicknamed “the golf capitol of the world.”
4 – Boise, Idaho
Wait, what? Yep, you read that correctly! Boise is known as a convention destination, but it’s also got a solid reputation for its wine. The craft beer scene is on the rise, and the city should definitely be on your list of destinations for 2018. Several hotels have been renovated, and airlines are creating non-stop routes from major cities like Chicago and San Diego.
5 – Las Vegas, Nevada
It’s a no-brainer. Mention the gem of the desert, and casinos, megaresorts, gourmet dining and live entertainment will come to mind. This city is an inbound incentive dream come true. With hotels at every price point, world class spas and shopping, headline acts and extreme adventure and outdoor activities, Las Vegas is a dream destination. Don’t forget how easy the airport is to get to and from. For neon lights, gambling and top-notch experiences, your group will love Las Vegas. Just remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – until it doesn’t.
Last but not least
We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you of our own little piece of heaven – and our home – Southern Florida has so much to offer with weather to die for from January – April (at a minimum). You won’t regret a stay in Miami, Key Biscayne or the Keys. If you want a different experience you can head to Clearwater, St. Petersburg or Tampa. From the Everglades and alligator wrestling to the art, gastronomy and culture of Miami, Florida is a great choice with many luxury properties and activity options for your next incentive.