JNR Spotlight: How to Eat at the Best Restaurants When Traveling

A good meal is always desired but often hard to find when traveling to a new city or destination. Tourist traps can lure you in with the promise of a 5-star meal and leave you only with the corresponding bill. Thanks to a host of new apps, it is now possible to find great restaurants even when you are not familiar with the area.

Here are three of our favorite travel food apps:

 

This app and website has just been redesigned to make it even more user friendly from its initial release. The premise is a review site similar to Yelp but with a twist… only local chefs who rank highly in their area can add content to the site. You can even find out which dishes are trending locally without having to follow food bloggers and you can find restaurants within walking distances of your location. While these expert reviews are currently limited to the USA, Canada and London there are plans to expand to many more cities and countries in the coming months.

 

Viator gives you food and drink itineraries from all over the world, many with special deals and promotions for the users of the app. The app allows you to book directly from your phone and can recommend restaurants based on hotel location with interactive maps.

 

This app is part of the popular restaurant payment platform, Dash, and allows you to explore the atmosphere of participating restaurants before committing to a meal there. Real time data tells you how crowded the venue is and its integration with Dash makes bill splitting easy.

 

A great dining experience in and exotic destination can make the difference between a good trip and an amazing trip.  Unfortunately, planning your meals can often be left to the last minute with little research going into the decision. These three apps make it easy for you to make the most of your trip with ease.

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

JNR Spotlight: Trending Now

 

So, what have you been up to?

I’ve embarked on an exhilarating sundowner safari in Kenya’s spectacular Masai Mara North Conservancy and hiked to the gorillas in Uganda’s deep and mysterious Bwindi Forest. I’ve even trekked with the elephants at the luxurious Four Seasons Safari Camp in Chiang Rai, Thailand.  I’ve sailed to the West Indies’ Nevis and partied on the beach of the breathtaking Ritz-Carlton Aruba.  I’ve gazed out at brilliant Lake Geneva from the terrace at Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, and I’ve explored the unforgettable Champs-Elysées, dined at one of the most exclusive clubs and discovered true joie de vivre in Paris.  I’ve made visits to Madrid, Marbella, Barcelona, Prague, Vienna, Puerto Vallarta, Alaska, Maui, the Dominican Republic, Cancun, Argentina, the Bahamas, and New Zealand.

A whirlwind adventure for sure, and it’s all been on paper.

Gotcha, didn’t I!

Our team of travel professionals daily finds delight in creating unforgettable and incredible travel experiences for our passionate and dedicated clients.  It’s what we do. Creative vision artfully becomes living words, phrases and literary images, breathing life into each destination, hotel and event, and the process begins with the question, “What is it about the destination that makes it one of those, ‘I. have. to. go. there. now,’ places?”  It’s the lure of the effervescent energy and party lifestyle in New Orleans…It’s the anticipation of living a celebrity’s dream on a private yacht on the French Riviera…it’s the thrill of getting up-close-and-personal with Big Five game animals in South Africa….it’s the glamour of an exclusive hotel buy-out in the picturesque Tuscan countryside.

The world that we work with at JNR is progressively getting larger.  And we like it.  With technology seeming to daily grow leaps and bounds, an evolving new generation of savvy, tech-smart entrepreneurs, and an increase in the draw of specialized travel, it’s no wonder our clients are seeking the newest, the brightest, the most exclusive, and ultimately…the very best.

So, what are current travel trends?  In one phrase: there aren’t any.  Change is the only constant, when the entire world is your stage.

Always dreamt of that unattainable destination?  We’re up for the challenge.  Let us create an extraordinary travel program for you and your guests that will leave you positively breathless.

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Written by Katharine Heinz

Katharine Heinz has been with JNR for nine years, first as a Desktop Publisher and now as the Planning Business Administrator. When she is not researching the next hot destination or hotel, she can be found at home enjoying her family.

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

JNR Spotlight: How Popular are Incentive Travel and Prepaid Incentive Card Programs?

An Incentive Federation study of US businesses confirms that incentive travel, prepaid incentive cards and merchandise are popular tools for business leaders seeking to boost sales, reward their employees, customers, sales teams and customers. A total of 74% of US businesses spend $76.9 billion per year on non-cash award programs to achieve their performance objectives.

The value of incentive programs goes beyond its monetary return on investment.  The number one “secret” to success according to the CEO’s of the top companies in America: Motivate Your People. Target audiences (employees, dealers and customers) are inspired to perform at a higher level or remain loyal in exchange for an incentive reward. It is no coincidence that many of the most profitable companies (those with revenues over $1 billion) are those implementing the most incentive programs (89%), and in turn, also have engaged employees, positive workplace cultures and a better bottom line. In fact, 100% of “best-in-class” companies (those with the highest customer retention and sales growth numbers) offer group travel to recognize year-end sales success. (Aberdeen Research)

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By JNR Incorporated

Written by Kelly Woolsey

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

JNR Spotlight: Incentive Travel

Buying lavish goods is one way people attempt to create happiness, but what is the best way to spend your budget ensuring lasting engagement and creating a loyal relationship between you and your employees? Not only should companies aim to make their customers happy, but the cost savings associated with a loyal workforce should always be front of mind.  A recent study conducted by Gilovich reveals that spending on experiences leaves a more significant and lasting impression than material possessions or cash when motivating employees.  If happy employees and high retention rates are what you seek to achieve, consider the following.

Gifts are exciting to receive but the happiness that goes along with it may only last for a short while.  If you want to have the most impact with your gift giving, research suggests that spending money on experiences such as tickets to an art exhibit, outdoor activities through team building or the opportunity to travel to a new place becomes an ingrained part of our identity and gives the recipient a memory trace that can last for years.

Here at JNR we can help you create memorable experiences through a customized Incentive Travel Program made to fit your company’s needs. Give your employees, investors or channel members a lifetime of memories with a journey to a magnificent destination that offers numerous activities to create a trip of a lifetime.  Recognition with something like travel will help solidify your employee base creating a reciprocally loyal relationship that companies strive for.

Another unique benefit to offering Incentive Travel Programs is the organic nature with which the reward’s perceived value increases over time. Gilovich explains that once people have the chance to talk about the experience with coworkers, family and friends, their assessment of the experience increases. For example, one might have been frightened of zip lining through a tropical jungle but when they return home and have the chance to talk about the trip with others, the activity is revered with high regard and the story around it becomes an important piece of their character. For over 30 years JNR’s commitment to quality of service has been instrumental in creating stories of thousands of individuals while increasing the ROI of clients worldwide.

In addition to creating company loyalty, a new study reveals that a well-executed Incentive Travel Program can increase sales productivity by 18 percent and produce an ROI of up to 112 percent. An Incentive Travel Program is extremely rewarding for everyone so don’t wait any longer and set up your trip today!

If you would like to learn more about Incentive Travel destinations, please contact JNR Incorporated. We are happy to set up a time to talk about creating an incentive program that fits your organization’s needs and desires. Give us a call at 800.343.4546, or email us at jnrinfo@jnrcorp.com.




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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.