Move over, Gen X! When it comes to planning meetings and incentive travel programs, Millennials seem to be on everyone’s mind these days. At a session on emerging trends at the recent Incentive Research Foundation’s (RFI) Invitational Conference , 67 percent of the audience said they are developing new programs just for Millennials. And it’s no wonder – those born between 1980 and 2000 now account for 36% of the U.S. workforce, and by 2025 will account for 76% of the global workforce.
What motivates Millennials? Whether your planning a corporate meeting, association conference, or incentive travel program, here are a few ways to keep your Millennials happy:
It had been two years since I last sailed with SeaDream Yacht Club (too long!), and I was really looking forward to seeing the SeaDream II again, especially after her extensive renovations last November. So I was thrilled to have an opportunity to “show her off” during a recent site visit in Barcelona with a client who is considering a future ship charter.
Upon boarding, we were greeted with chilled glasses of champagne and ice cold towels. This is standard practice for all guests boarding a SeaDream yacht, and it was especially appreciated on a warm July day in Barcelona.
If you’re planning a meeting or incentive for your upscale group and want to build a wellness element into your program, an all-inclusive cruise is a terrific alternative to a land-based venue. Look for ships that offer active shoreside excursions plus comprehensive fitness programs and healthy food options.
You might be tempted to dismiss Crystal Cruises’ two mid-sized, luxury vessels, assuming that they're stuffy and staid, offering your active attendees little more than shuffleboard. But you would be oh, so wrong!
Norwegian Cruise Lines is making waves...again! The industry innovator announced an agreement to acquire privately held Prestige Cruises, the parent company of ultra-premium Oceania Cruises and luxury brand Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
The $3 billion deal combines one of the world's most popular cruise lines with two upscale cruising leaders. While Norwegian operates 13 large ships that carry as many as 5,000 passengers, the mid-sized ships of Oceania and Regent carry 490 to 1,250 passengers and offer a more luxurious, intimate, and all-inclusive experience. The merged company will have a total of three cruise lines, 21 ships, and 40,092 berths.
What are your top-tier incentive qualifiers and well-traveled meeting attendees craving these days? What will really set your program apart? And how do you make an impact that will last long after your event?
Include unique shared experiences that they can’t duplicate on their own.
Imagine you and your group...Enjoying an after-hours tour of the magnificent Celsus Library of Ephesus. The evening includes a five-course, white-glove-service dinner in the courtyard of the Library serenaded by a trio from the Aegean Chamber Orchestra.