JNR Spotlight: The 10 Best Australian Incentive Travel Destinations

Australia is a perfect incentive travel destination that provides a range of activities and an abundance of breathtaking sights. With its variety of vibrant and bold cities, this country has become a worldwide phenomenon that leaves visitors coming back for more.

1.Sydney, Australia by Christopher ChanPhoto: “Lighting The Sails, Vivid Sydney 2011” by Christopher Chan is licensed by 2.0

Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is an ancient gem bursting with historic landmarks and rich culture. The spectacular Sydney Opera House is a must see attraction that gets approximately 4.5 million visitors per year. With visitors from all around the globe, this city is a tourist paradise.

 

2. Melbourne, Australia by Hai Linh Truong

Photo: “Melbourne, Australia by night” by Hai Linh Truong is licensed by 2.0

With a population of over four million residents, Melbourne is the largest city in Australia. Check out the city’s colorful skyline by exploring bars, cinemas and restaurants across several rooftops as you listen to live music beneath the shining stars. This stylish and sophisticated city has become known to be as “Australia’s cultural capital”.

 

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Photo: “Pretty In Purple, Brisbane, Australia” by Ben Ashmole is licensed by 2.0

Captivating the heart of Queensland culture, Brisbane explores a variety of different centuries. Take a step back to the past and visit the historic Windmill and Old Commissariat Store or leap forward to the future with a tour of the new Gallery of Modern Art. This vibrant city offers a diverse range of activities, restaurants and scenic landscapes that appeal to all ages.

 

4. Cairns, Australia by Gregg RegulaPhoto: “002-Cairns, Australia” by Gregg Regula is licensed by 2.0

Cairns is gateway for adrenaline junkies, daredevil divers and active nightlife adventure.  This city offers an array of exploration that will keep you wanting more.

 

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Photo: “Port Douglas Town and Beachview” by Michael Zimmer is licensed by 2.0

With its laid back ambience and perfect sunshine, Port Douglas, is a soothing paradise that will bring you luxurious leisure. Sunbathe on the golden sands of Four Mile Beach or indulge in five-star cuisine, this destination is a treasure you don’t want to miss.

 

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The sparkling city of Hobart presents a fascinating voyage of adventure. Explore all that this city brings from its waterfront cafes and restaurants that overlook a harbor swarming with unique yachts and fishing boats to its extravagant nightlife that captivates the city’s charm.

 

7.Margaret River, Australia by Gord McKennaPhoto: “Sunset at Margaret River, Australia 2007” by Gord McKenna is licensed by 2.0

Margaret River is one of Western Australia’s most famous food and wine regions. This destination produces some of the best cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and merlot in the country. Just a short drive from the wineries gives you surf, snorkel and gorgeous stretches of secluded beach.

 

8. Noosa, Australia by eGuide TravelPhoto: “Noosa Australia” by eGuide Travel is licensed by 2.0

Noosa is a world famous surfing travel destination, known for its spacious beaches and near-perfect waves. The laidback ambience creates a place where you can truly relax and let go.

 

9. Adelaide, Australia by Duncan RawlinsonPhoto: “Adelaide Australia” by Duncan Rawlinson is licensed by 2.0

Adelaide, the heart of the world’s opal industry is an enchanted treasure collection of shopping, fine arts and outdoor activities. Soak up the city’s elegance in the vividly green parks, vigorous Central Market and rich cultural museums and libraries.

 

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With over 100 wineries, Cessnock holds one of the oldest and most diverse wine regions in the world. Tour the vineyards and cellars, indulge in gourmet restaurants or play a round of golf on some of the country’s most pristine, world-class golf courses.

 

Check back next week as we take a closer look at how to plan an incentive program to make the most of Australia.

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. Give us a call at 800.343.4546, or email us at jnrinfo@jnrcorp.com.

 

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Tatum Dumont

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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.

Cuban Spotlight: Is Havana the next hotspot for Incentive Travel programs?

Seasoned travel planners are constantly on the lookout for the latest and greatest travel hotspot for Incentive Travel destinations.  Recent years have shown that since many recipients of these programs are well travelled, the expectation has shifted from a predictable vacation itinerary to an experiential journey.  With President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to normalize their relationship, travel to The Pearl of the Antilles is suddenly on everyone’s radar.

Fun in the sun incentives remain a top choice for companies looking to motivate and reward their partners, and although planners have their choice of exotic island locations to choose from, Havana is added to the short list of locations that are easy to get to and less than 100 miles from our own coast.

With tourism to the island minimal since the 1959 Cuban Revolution and the U.S. imposed travel restrictions that followed, there are a limited number of high-end resorts and hotels for new travellers to consider.  This may work to Cuba’s advantage though, making the island even more of an exclusive destination and driving the desire to bask on the pristine beaches immensely.  The small, secluded island of Cayo Coco is already regarded as one of the best places to snorkel in the vicinity and presumably, this and a number of other resort towns in Cuba, will be met with the challenge of quickly accommodating an influx of visitors.

Cuba offers a variety of landscapes and biodiversity on the archipelago.  Although the beach towns are an obvious draw for tourists, the romantic history, rich heritage and apparent time warp of the cities are equally as enthralling.  Along with the capital city of Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Trinidad hold some of the most eye-catching glimpses of Cuban history on the island.  Cobblestone streets, colorful houses and perfectly preserved sugar mills from the turn of the century make it as though Cuba went to sleep and never woke up.  Cuba’s bounty of natural attractions, paired with some of the most ardent conservation practices in the world, make it one of the best ecotourism destinations in the Caribbean.  From the beaches of Varadero, the UNESCO Heritage Site of Cienfuegos, breathtaking waterfalls in Holguin and the lush vegetation and brilliant white sand of Guardalavaca, Cuba is sure to see tourists flock to the island that previously were unable to do so.

Although travelling to Cuba for general tourism is not yet approved by our Congress, professionals in the industry are gearing up so that when the market does fully open, they can be among the first to offer the stunning Cuban culture to their clients.  We immediately saw Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airway and American Airlines publically show interest in adding regular flights to Havana.  Both MasterCard and American Express have stated that once the Obama administration lifts the ban on U.S. banks doing business there, they will happily begin accepting credit and debit card transactions from the country.   Conveniences allowing travelers to now take $10,000 with them when they travel make it easier for Incentive trips to become a viable option.

We will watch closely as this continues to unfold.  As tales of the revolution diminish in the minds of younger generations and the overwhelming charm of the Cuban culture banquets through the hearts and minds of avid travelers, the country will no doubt become the generous host that it is known to be by only a limited few today.

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Barbara Williamson

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom 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 of 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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