New Government Travel Ban Rules Out Incentive Trips to Cuba

by Jillian Fehrenbach on June 7, 2019 in Announcements, Group Travel, Incentive Travel, Individual Travel

As you may be aware by now, the Trump Administration has reinstated travel restrictions to Cuba for U.S. travelers. A recently reenacted government ban, as described in the U.S. Department of Treasury’s official statement, effectively eliminates group travel to the island indefinitely. Although it includes a “grandfather provision” for pre-paid people-to-people tours, exact details about how … Continue reading “New Government Travel Ban Rules Out Incentive Trips to Cuba”

IRF 2019 Trends

by Jillian Fehrenbach on January 30, 2019 in Articles, Group Travel, Incentive Travel

A sunny forecast is on the horizon for Incentive Travel, according to the Incentive Research Foundation. Their 2019 Trends Study revealed numerous positive findings, summarized here: Growth is supported by expanding budgets, increased participant eligibility, and improved internal and public perceptions of incentive travel programs, according to the 2018 Incentive Travel Industry Index. The average … Continue reading “IRF 2019 Trends”

Incentive Budget Design

by Stephanie Roppolo on December 12, 2018 in Incentive Travel

Gaining budget approval for your incentive program can be a challenge. In our latest article, we detail the steps to take to achieve upper management buy-in. 

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The Best Must-Have Travel Apps

by Jillian Fehrenbach on September 26, 2018 in Group Travel, Incentive Travel, Individual Travel

Whether traveling for work or pleasure, there’s a good chance you’ll rely on an app or two to get where you’re going. We all have our favorites, but we’ve found a few we think are worth sharing. So whether you use an Android or iOS device, these must-have apps just could make your travels easier, … Continue reading “The Best Must-Have Travel Apps”

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A Shift in Incentive Travel

by Jillian Fehrenbach on September 21, 2018 in Incentive Travel

An incentive travel program is a vital tool for recognizing your best salespeople and incentivizing your biggest customers. You want to inspire them to go above and beyond, and to wow participants with a trip they wouldn’t normally take on their own. But how do you decide where to go? Fortunately, we’ve been there (literally). … Continue reading “A Shift in Incentive Travel”

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Incentive Communications

by Stephanie Roppolo on March 5, 2018 in Incentive Travel

Why companies struggle, and creative ideas to make your next campaign easier.  Do you struggle to communicate your incentive programs? Read our latest blog article, which includes untapped resources to help your campaign stand out.

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Wellness & Incentives — Part I

by Stephanie Roppolo on in Incentive Travel, Wellness

Build Wellness into your meeting planning today. Click here to read how.

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State Department Launches New Travel Advisory Program

by Jillian Fehrenbach on January 29, 2018 in Group Travel, Incentive Travel, Individual Travel

A first step in planning any trip abroad involves checking the travel advisories for your intended destination. If you’ve ever been confused about the difference between travel warnings and advisories, you’re not alone. Of course, if you’re traveling with us, we automatically monitor each location for any safety concerns. Even so, you may want to … Continue reading “State Department Launches New Travel Advisory Program”

Incentive Travel Programs Work

by Stephanie Roppolo on January 3, 2018 in Incentive Travel

If you are looking for a special way to thank people who have done a great job – and motivate others to do their best – consider an incentive travel program. Not only are you giving your staff unforgettable experiences and life-long memories, there are enormous benefits for your business too: It’s much more motivationalResearch … Continue reading “Incentive Travel Programs Work”

Are You Engaging Your Attendees?

by Jillian Fehrenbach on October 24, 2017 in Employee Engagement, Employee Loyalty, Incentive Travel, Meetings

Engagement is certainly one of this year’s buzzwords. And there’s good reasoning behind that. The more engaged your customer, meeting/incentive attendee, or stakeholder, the more loyal they will be to your product, and therefore the more valuable they become to you. So, what are the best ways to engage your event attendees and leverage social … Continue reading “Are You Engaging Your Attendees?”

It’s Happening in the “D”!

by Leslie Blair on October 12, 2017 in Group Travel, Incentive Travel

We began 2017 talking about Detroit as a Comeback City, and as we enter the last quarter of the year, we’re going to provide an update on how that growth is continuing to accelerate. It’s led, of course, by the opening of LCA–Little Caesars Arena–in The District Detroit, a new sporting and entertainment area that … Continue reading “It’s Happening in the “D”!”

The Essential DMC

by Jillian Fehrenbach on August 22, 2017 in Group Travel, Incentive Travel

Our business is to provide you with the best trip, meeting, or event possible. Created around your specific needs to reward your top-tier producers, each project is executed by working closely with you. Often, we’ll also work in tandem with another important part of our team: the destination management company (DMC). A partner in the … Continue reading “The Essential DMC”

Incentivize and recognize

by Jillian Fehrenbach on August 9, 2017 in Employee Engagement, Group Travel, Incentive Travel, Individual Travel, Team Engagement

Thanks for stopping by! You’ve probably heard that great experiences can motivate people and promote the success of your business. Put your staff on the path to meeting their sales and performance goals, and you’ll move closer to achieving your corporate objectives (ask us about ROI). Here at VIKTOR, that’s our business. We craft and … Continue reading “Incentivize and recognize”

Oh, the Places you’ll Go!

by Jillian Fehrenbach on June 5, 2017 in Group Travel, Incentive Travel

Location, location, location is a well-known real estate mantra. The incentive travel industry has a similar mantra, destination, destination, destination. Trying to come up with the perfect incentive destination can be quite time consuming. After all, to be a viable option, it needs to offer: Safety First class hotels A variety of interesting and authentic … Continue reading “Oh, the Places you’ll Go!”

VIKTOR Hires New Senior Director of Business Development

by Jillian Fehrenbach on May 15, 2017 in Employee Engagement, Incentive Travel

VIKTOR proudly welcomes Evan Gekas as Senior Director of Business Development. Evan will be responsible for developing new business opportunities and creating customized meetings and incentive programs for VIKTOR’s new and existing clients. Gekas brings 40 years of experience to VIKTOR, with an extensive background in meetings, incentive travel, and reward programs. He has worked closely … Continue reading “VIKTOR Hires New Senior Director of Business Development”

What’s in Store for the Hotel Market in 2017?

by Leslie Blair on March 29, 2017 in Group Travel, Incentive Travel, Individual Travel

While the hotel market continues to be somewhat bullish, signs are afoot that things are finally going to be slowing as we progress through the year. Not a big change, just a gradual slowing. Considering the industry has been enjoying the highest occupancies ever, at least in the 30 years it’s been measured, this news isn’t … Continue reading “What’s in Store for the Hotel Market in 2017?”

Viktor Weyand’s Career Spans the Slopes as well as the Globe

by Jillian Fehrenbach on March 24, 2017 in Employee Loyalty, Group Travel, Incentive Travel, Wellness

Not many people get the opportunity to work with an icon in their industry, let alone an icon in two industries. Those of us who’ve had the opportunity to work for Viktor Weyand know what a force of nature the man can be; and there are hotel and incentive suppliers around the world that know … Continue reading “Viktor Weyand’s Career Spans the Slopes as well as the Globe”

Navigating Your Way through Trusted Traveler Programs

by Jillian Fehrenbach on February 22, 2017 in Group Travel, Incentive Travel, Individual Travel

Frequent fliers now have several options from which to choose when it comes to expediting their way through security lines. The newest of these programs is Clear, which is privately operated but sanctioned by TSA. I recently became a member, and so far, it’s been amazing.  The one drawback is that it’s only in 20 … Continue reading “Navigating Your Way through Trusted Traveler Programs”

2017 Meetings Industry Forecast

by Jillian Fehrenbach on February 16, 2017 in Group Travel, Incentive Travel, Individual Travel, Meetings

I’ve had the opportunity to read several recaps on the trends predicted to impact the Meetings Industry this year. One of the best was in a recent webinar by Meetings Today and U.S. Travel featuring Michael Dominguez, SVP & CSO for MGM Resorts. Dominguez is a popular speaker in the industry, and for good reason. He’s knowledgeable, matter … Continue reading “2017 Meetings Industry Forecast”

IRF Releases Top Incentive Trends for 2017

by Jillian Fehrenbach on January 20, 2017 in Employee Loyalty, Group Travel, Incentive Travel, Team Engagement

If you have plans to launch an incentive program this year, you’ll want to know what trends are shaping the industry. The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) has just released its 2017 Trends Study, which highlights the top ten trends for incentive travel, and reward and recognition programs for the coming year. It identifies key areas for change … Continue reading “IRF Releases Top Incentive Trends for 2017”

Event Planning: Food Trends and Allergies

by Jillian Fehrenbach on December 29, 2016 in Group Travel, Incentive Travel

As we say goodbye to the old year and look forward to the new one, we also anticipate the emergence of new trends. And nowhere are we more obsessed with the latest trends than when it comes to what we eat! Regardless of the content we include in our meetings and incentives, food will always … Continue reading “Event Planning: Food Trends and Allergies”

Navigating Those Not-Always-So-Friendly Skies

by Jillian Fehrenbach on December 21, 2016 in Incentive Travel

Airfare continues to be a major part of the travel budget for meeting and incentive planners. And while some sources are reporting they see prices leveling off, that isn’t what we’re experiencing in the real world, and we bet you aren’t either. In this article from USA Today, Rick Seaney shares 5 tips for finding bargain … Continue reading “Navigating Those Not-Always-So-Friendly Skies”

IMEX: The World at Your Doorstep

by Jillian Fehrenbach on October 18, 2016 in Employee Engagement, Incentive Travel

The Incentive, Meetings and Events world comes together in Las Vegas every October for IMEX—the largest hosted buyer program in North America. It’s like taking a trip around the world in three days—on your feet! It’s the premier showcase for destinations, hotels, cruise lines, DMC’s, airlines, corporate gifts and premiums—with over 3,100 exhibitors in total. … Continue reading “IMEX: The World at Your Doorstep”

What’s Trending in the Incentive Industry?

by Jillian Fehrenbach on October 12, 2016 in Incentive Travel

According to the Incentive Research Foundation and the Incentive Federation’s 2016 Incentive Marketplace Study, there are several key factors impacting the incentive industry today. Number 1, the industry is growing. One of the major drivers of this growth is in non-sales incentives. The service economy continues to grow, and it’s predicted about 90% of the … Continue reading “What’s Trending in the Incentive Industry?”

Getting out of Your Comfort Zone

by Stephanie Roppolo on September 9, 2016 in Employee Engagement, Group Travel, Incentive Travel

Now, more than ever, incentives are about creating experiences. You don’t necessarily have to go to the most exotic destination or stay at the most exclusive resort. Today’s incentive winners are looking for authentic and destination specific experiences that immerse them in local culture and provide great photo ops for social media posts! So forget traditional … Continue reading “Getting out of Your Comfort Zone”

Oh the Places You’ll Go!

by Stephanie Roppolo on May 5, 2016 in Group Travel, Incentive Travel, Individual Travel

Once you’ve made the decision to use incentive travel as a business tool, you have to decide where it is you’re going to go.  After all, the destination is the primary “carrot”, and you’ll want to use it to promote the trip and possibly even build a theme around it, so it isn’t a decision … Continue reading “Oh the Places You’ll Go!”

How to Make Your Incentive Travel Program Successful

by Stephanie Roppolo on October 22, 2013 in Employee Loyalty, Incentive Travel

Draw the line that connects the behaviors you want to motivate with the financial outcome you want to achieve. The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) conducted research which uncovered five essential elements that, when combined, formed the core of the successful travel program. These were the items that made the program itself successful: The earning and selection … Continue reading “How to Make Your Incentive Travel Program Successful”

Incentives Move Business – Travel and the U.S. Economy

by Jillian Fehrenbach on October 21, 2013 in Employee Loyalty, Incentive Travel

In June of 2013, the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives (SITE), released a white paper with some compelling figures on incentives moving business. “Travel is the sixth largest U.S. industry in terms of employment and is a top 10 employer in 48 states. In 2010, the incentive travel, meetings and events segment of tourism and … Continue reading “Incentives Move Business – Travel and the U.S. Economy”