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Unique Venues for Incentive Travel

Last week I spent some time at IMEX, the largest trade show in the US for the global meetings, events, and incentive travel industry. This trade show takes it to the extreme with parties and booths. I saw Paris Hilton DJ, thanks to Resort World by Hilton, and attended an Usher concert, thanks to MGM. The booths are massive colorful displays that bring these venues and locations to life! I want to share some insights over the coming weeks about what I saw and learned at IMEX.

Incentive travel is a massive industry, and I know I have enjoyed trips to Costa Rica, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Cuba, Puerto Vallarta, and even Bora Bora. But - these days, travelers are looking for something different. Maybe it's a different style of travel, or perhaps it's travel to somewhere you know but to a reimagined venue. Or, maybe it's a venue so tucked away that very few people have visited. Read below why I think these venues are so unique.

AUTOCAMP: Looking for a unique executive retreat, incentive travel trip, or to get away? AutoCamp offers overnight lodging and accommodations in modern Airstream suites and luxurious tents. This is glamping at its finest. You can visit AUTOCAMP in Cape Cod, Yosemite National Park, the Russian River Valley, and Joshua Tree National Park. AutoCamp brings high-end, boutique-style amenities, mid-century modern design, and welcoming hospitality to some of the world's most beautiful natural places.

1 HOTEL HANALEI BAY - This venue is a total remake of the St. Regis. If you want to take top performers or executives somewhere totally new, this is it! Kauai is a lush tropical island, and 1 HOTEL has taken a unique approach to bring nature into each space, with native greenery, reclaimed materials, organic cotton linens, and views of lush gardens, soaring mountains, or sparkling Hanalei Bay.

Opening in February 2023, it will feature 252 rooms, including 51 suites. Seven restaurants and bars will offer fresh, local, and sustainably sourced farm-to-table cuisine using ingredients from the hotel's organic on-site garden and neighboring farms.

HYATT REGENCY LISBON - Again, if you want to do something off the beaten path, this hotel is for you. Hyatt Regency Lisbon is located in Belém, Lisbon, and comprises fully-furnished upscale suites and studios, one, two, and three-bedroom, each with a large balcony overlooking the Tejo River. The city's most important museums and historical monuments surround the hotel. Amenities include a rooftop restaurant and bar, Europe's Best Wellness and Luxury brand Serenity - The Art of Well Being, a fitness center, shops, meeting rooms, and parking facilities.

Contact us today if your company is looking to plan an Unusually Unusual incentive travel trip. We can arrange events from five to 500. You can reach us at (714) 844-1034 or

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