5 Ways Incentive Travel Can Strengthen Teams

5 Ways Incentive Travel Can Strengthen Teams

08 Aug 2023

Want a team-building exercise that doesn't feel like one? Book a sailing lesson or a sea tour with double kayaks on the glorious Pacific Ocean, the beautiful Broadwater or the tranquil Tallebudgera Creek. Get your team working like a well-oiled machine, while having the time of their lives. Sink or swim? It’s up to them. Put the team’s communication, leadership, decision-making and unity to the test, while they enjoy an incredible adventure on the water!

2. Face fears to build bonds
There's nothing quite like adrenaline to broaden and deepen human connection; give your teams the thrill of a lifetime and watch those relationships blossom. The ‘pinnacle’ of any Gold Coast incentive trip has to be the SkyPoint Climb. Don a full-body harness to ascend one of Queensland’s most iconic landmarks - 270 metres above sea level. Take up the challenge, encouraged by colleagues, to make memories and build those all-important bonds. Importantly, relationships built in the sky can pay dividends when it comes to collaboration and team-working when everyone’s back in the office.

3. Connect at a human level
Who we are in the office is just a small part of who we are as people; give your teams the opportunity to explore their interests together and understand each other on a deeper level. But it’s not just a ‘nice to have’, as research suggests that having a best friend at work, means you are 7 times more likely to be engaged in your job and workplace. Incentive travel is an incredible way to foster those friendships – book a group cookery class or pottery workshop, see a performance at HOTA (Home of the Arts), or even take the opportunity to collectively learn about local Indigenous culture. A guided beachside rainforest walk along Jellurgal mountain, led by an Indigenous elder, is a great way to foster an inclusive mindset, develop soft-skills, and give teams the gift of a fascinating shared experience.

4. Take problem-solving to new heights
Forget awkward exercises and excruciating ice-breakers – put your team to the test at Thunderbird Park with a breath-taking TreeTop Challenge and exhilarating Canyon Flyer Zipline. Alternatively, take creative problem solving in an exciting new direction, with Escape Hunt’s fabulous themed rooms. Discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks together as part of this fast-paced experience. In this immersive, interactive adventure, murder, alchemy and a prison break are all part of the fun!

5. Make mutual appreciation a core value
What makes team working so special, and so challenging, is the diversity of personalities and abilities. By creating space for your team members to shine at different times, you’ll allow their unique skills and traits to come to the fore and to be understood and appreciated by their peers. Incorporate a wide range of activities into your itinerary, from group surfing lessons to trapping crabs on the mighty Tweed River, so that everyone in the team can have their ‘moment’ in the spotlight!

Incentive Travel for Growth and Reward

Combine team-building opportunities with bucket-list worthy experiences, for incentive travel on a whole new level. From cuddling a koala to watching whales, hot air ballooning at sunrise or joining some friendly dolphins for a sunset cocktail, these incredible moments - shared with colleagues - will transform your teams’ working relationships forever.

Add some quality down-time, with a relaxing trip to Soak Bathhouse, a rejuvenating yoga class, or the opportunity to simply connect with nature. The perfect program for employees will have them feeling relaxed, appreciated and valued, while strengthening your team and work culture - leaving a mark on your organisation that will linger long after you’ve returned home.

Want to know more, or get expert advice to customise your stay? Contact us.

Ben Brayley
Ben Brayley

Ben is an international man of mystery and a boss travel journalist. Born in Wales, raised in Canada and now living on the Sunshine Coast, he married an Aussie girl and is trapped here forever (not that he's complaining). He loves movies, basketball and most of all, fishing the Queensland coast.


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We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout Southeast Queensland.