To say that incentive trips of late have been more low-key than usual is like saying the past year has been a little... challenging. Budget cuts have forced planners to shrink the number of nights and reduce the management staff that attends. Companies have done away with golf, spa, and spouse programs—even the little gifts on the pillows. They’ve shied away from five-star properties and resorts, kept trips within a short flight from home, booked off-season, and even taken ...

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