4 Reasons Incentive Trips Work


Incentive travel can be tailored to suit any budget – for small and big companies alike. According to the Harvard Business Review, money is the most expensive way to reward employees. Here are 4 Reasons Why Incentive Trips Work:

  1. Motivates Employees – The big trip is the light at the end of the tunnel. Employees are more productive when they know they will be rewarded in the end. A once-in-a-lifetime experience in an exotic destination is much more motivating than a heftier pay check, which would probably be used to pay the bills and be quickly forgotten.
  2. Establishes Company Loyalty – When an employee sees that their company values their work, they feel appreciated. This feeling, paired with the relaxation they receive while on an all-expense paid vacation, generates allegiance.
  3. Increases Sales – According to the Incentive Research Foundation, Properly designed and executed incentive travel programs can increase sales productivity by 18% and produce an ROI of 112%.
  4. Promotes Teambuilding – Traveling together and creating memories outside of the workplace creates camaraderie among employees. Friendships are formed and brought back home to the office creating a more positive work environment.
  5. ***BONUS – you will have to go too! Give us a call to see how we can create the perfect incentive plan for your company.

6 Best Rooftop Views in Baltimore, Annapolis, and D.C.

Splash Pool Bar & Grill | Four Seasons Baltimore

Exclusive to guests of the Four Seasons, this jaw-dropping rooftop has incredible views of the Baltimore skyline. Enjoy classic cocktails and one-of-a-kind creations, all while lounging under a poolside umbrella.

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Blackwall Hitch | Annapolis, Maryland

Blackwall Hitch is known for its exquisite dining experience and chic décor. Annapolitans rave about the comfortable rooftop and delight in fresh seafood dishes and craft cocktails. Blackwall Hitch also has several private event spaces, each demonstrating a unique vibe.


Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge | Annapolis, Maryland

Set a few blocks west of Main Street, Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge features a relaxed rooftop and a delicious menu. In the warmer months, patrons enjoy local musicians as they sip on craft beers and handmade cocktails.


Top of The Gate | The Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C.

As if the history of this famed property wasn’t reason enough to check it out, this stunning rooftop features 360-degree views of the Kennedy Center, the Potomac River, the Key and Arlington bridges, the Washington Monument and the rest of the DC skyline. Guests can enjoy woodfire pizzas, local brews, and refreshing cocktails.


POV | The W Hotel in Washington D.C

With stunning views of the White House, POV is a chic rooftop lounge situated in the heart of D.C.  Whether you are visiting for a special Sunday Brunch Occasion or to be immersed in its vibrant Saturday night-life, you are sure to enjoy the spectacular views and mouth-watering menu.


Non-Cash Incentives|The Most Memorable Reward

Hard work should be rewarded. Instead of providing employees with a cash bonus that they will likely spend on family needs – a new roof, an electric bill, a child’s college fund, etc, why not provide them with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to an exotic destination?

Non-cash rewards provide a memorable experience for employees who exceed expectations and meet company goals.

Everyone likes to be recognized as a winner and winners of incentive trips are not only acknowledged by other employees in the office, but they remember the hard work it took to make it to the top.

Incentive trips are also a great way to bring employees together. Traveling with your colleagues forms a distinct bond that is difficult to make in an office setting.

GEM works with you to create an incentive program unique to your culture and unforgettable to your employees. Contact us to begin the planning process!


Welcome Gifts | It’s All About the Experience

There is nothing quite like the feeling of the highly anticipated first day of an event – Arrival Day.

As attendees disembark their bus,
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energy. People are greeting colleagues they haven’t seen since the previous year, some are accepting a cool, local cocktail from a hotel server, and others are booking excursions for the week ahead.

To keep the energy flowing, imagine a kiosk full of high-end, branded merchandise set up for each attendee to choose from. Custom Maui Jim Sunglasses are the perfect way to welcome everyone to a tropical destination.

Adorn in tropical, Hawaiian shirts, Maui Jim staff members set up a booth with dozen of styles for attendees to choose from.

These high-end gifts add another dimension to the event and complement the entire experience. They walk away with a new pair of sunglasses, enjoy them while sunbathing by the pool, and take them home as a fun reminder of the trip!

GEM designs a custom gift experience to fit any event and destination! A corporate ski trip in Colorado? How about a kiosk filled with high-end jackets, UGG slippers, and ski goggles? A customer retreat to the Napa Valley? How about company branded wine openers, picnic bags, and a selection of local products?

Custom gifts not only make each attendee feel valued, they are a reminder of the awesome experience they received from your company.

Destination Spotlight | Riviera Maya


When choosing a destination for an incentive trip, GEM focuses on three key elements: accessibility, value, and uniqueness.

Accessibility: With direct service from many airlines across the U.S., flights to Cancun International Airport are abundant and reasonably priced.

Just south of Cancun International Airport, attendees will enjoy the scenic ride down to the quieter, pristine Riviera Maya.

Resort Options

Riviera Maya is home to some of Mexico’s best all-inclusive resorts. Some of GEM’s favorites include:

  • Secrets Maroma Beach
  • Fairmont Mayakoba
  • Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Value: The many resorts in Riviera Maya provide options for every budget. GEM’s close relationships with the Riviera Maya Resort Community gives them strong negotiating power allowing for companies to get the best “bang for their buck!”

Uniqueness: Unlike the bustling beaches of Cancun, Riviera Maya isjezael-melgoza-128525 a stretch of Caribbean coastline known for its endless white sand beaches, lush jungles and ancient Mayan cities including Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba. Visitors can enjoy shopping in quaint towns, upscale restaurants in Playa del Carmen , and watersports in the charming towns of Puerto Aventuras and Akumal.  Xel-Há is the world’s largest natural aquarium where people can learn about unique wildlife and enjoy exploring in underground rivers.

Home to many five star resorts, attendees rave  about the endless options available to explore the beautiful Riviera Maya.

Activities for Attendees

  • Xel-Há  Park
  • Mayan Ruins
  • Catamaran Snorkel Sail
  • Stunning Golf Courses
  • World-class spas
  • Shopping Excursions
  • Tequila Tours