2002 Incentives a Go Companies are definitely moving forward with their 2002 incentive trips, according to an informal survey conducted at the Meetings Group booth at the IT&ME Show, held October 9 to 11. Ninety-one percent of respondents said they were still planning to hold their incentive trips next year, though almost half of those said there would be changes to the programs, such as lower per-person budgets and a switch to domestic destinations.
One company is cancelling its program altogether; another is replacing its trip with a cash award. The survey included 22 incentive planners. In a panel sponsored by the Society of& Travel Executives at the show, incentive firms offered solutions for corporate clients whose qualifiers were hesitant to travel, or afraid of liability issues:
Most surprising was one suggestion that planners simply not choose a destination for their next incentive trip. By using a general description (such as "beach resort") and booking much closer to the date of the trip, companies can avoid potentialcharges.
A full report on how the war on terrorism is affecting companies' incentive plans will be published in the January issue of& Incentives.