Sales Incentive Trip Ideas That Work

Published October 2017

If your company already has an incentive travel program in place for your sales force, you’re likely focused on these positive outcomes:

  • Boosting productivity
  • Retaining top talent
  • Increasing company loyalty
  • Promoting teamwork
  • Reducing employee turnover

The good news is that sales incentive travel has been proven to accomplish all of the above and more. In the White Paper, Incentive Travel: The Smart Business Proposition by the SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) Foundation, it was found that “for every dollar spent in travel, businesses benefit from an average of $12.50 in increased revenue and $3.80 in new profits.”

That’s a pretty compelling answer to why your company should retain (or start) a sales incentive travel program. It’s also the easier question to answer. As the planner for this coveted reward at your company, the questions that are more likely weighing on your mind are the what…and the where.

To help you find the best solutions, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort ProMeetings team has compiled a list of sales incentive trip ideas that will motivate everyone on your team to close more business so they can be a part of the big win:

The Golf Getaway
Whether your sales team is made up of weekend duffers, pro players or, like most, a combination of the two with plenty of skill levels in between, a trip to Kiawah Island Golf Resort is certainly a feather in any golfer’s cap. There are two reasons for this:

First, the Resort has a history of hosting some of the game’s biggest cliffhangers, as in the 1991 Ryder Cup Tournament and 2012 PGA Championship. (You can view them for yourself in the Challenging Moments, Memorable Victories video here.) In fact, Kiawah Island Golf Resort has such a stellar reputation among the pros that the PGA Championship is returning in 2021.

But the second—and possibly more compelling—reason the Resort will impress your sales team is that all five championship golf courses are now fully renovated and boasting the most pristine conditions ever. This ensures an exceptional player experience that is, arguably, unsurpassed by that of any other resort in the country.

The Island Vacation
Kiawah is a natural barrier island off coastal South Carolina that boasts swaying palm trees and a sandy 10-mile beach. The Resort’s oceanfront location is nestled within some of the most unspoiled lands you can imagine—with lush maritime forests, vast salt marshes and picturesque dunes.

Whether your high-flying sales representatives subscribe to the “work hard, play hard” mentality, enjoying water sports such as surfing, paddling and fishing or just want to relax in a lounge chair on the beach or by the pool with a refreshing drink in their hand after earning their hard-won trip, Kiawah Island Golf Resort can fulfill their island vacation dreams.

The 5-Star Escape
After endless phone dialing and pavement pounding to bring in enough business to win their spot on the sales incentive trip, many attendees will just want to relax in the lap of luxury. The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a Forbes 5-Star property that feels like a grand seaside mansion steeped in Southern charm.

Equally as charming is The Sanctuary Hotel staff, with each and every team member eager to cater to their guests’ needs. For extra pampering, The Spa at The Sanctuary features a complete menu of signature treatments and services inspired by the Resort’s coastal home in the tranquil Lowcountry.

The Foodie Journey
Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s impressive dining collection—from The Ocean Room, the only steakhouse in the country to earn both Forbes 4-Star and AAA 4-Diamond ratings, to The Atlantic Room’s signature, fresh-caught seafood specialties to an authentic Lowcountry oyster roast and barbeque at Mingo Point—your attendees will rave over the fresh, local fare.

Even large catered events receive a personalized culinary touch at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Choose from bountiful Southern breakfast buffets, formal lunch service, signature theme dinner stations, innovative all-dessert receptions and even Chef’s Table events and interactive cooking demonstrations. The Resort’s culinary team can fulfill every foodie fantasy.

Fortunately, because Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a Golf Getaway, Island Vacation, 5-Star Escape and Foodie Journey all in one, you don’t need to pick and choose between these sales incentive trip ideas for your next destination. Once you add in the Resort’s wide array of recreation, nature programming and close proximity to Charleston—named the #1 city in the U.S. by the readers of Travel + Leisure five years in a row—you have a venue that will truly feel like a reward to every one of your incentive trip winners, no matter what their interests.


Contact Director of Group Sales, Marty Couch, or any other ProMeetings team member at 800.576.1585, to customize an incentive trip that will inspire your sales force to bring home those big deals so they can win the trip of a lifetime to Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

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