Cruise Dreams Adds Community Service Excursions to Incentive Travel

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More companies than ever before are requesting the community service options that Cruise Dreams offers as one of the many extras that set their incentive travel programs apart from others. The addition of altruism to incentive attracts and retains more socially aware employees and increases career satisfaction.

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Including rapport and team building with peers with the intent to give back to others on an island or at a port of call is particularly fulfilling during an incentive cruise or incentive tour.

While volunteering on vacation is nothing new, corporations are now including this option for incentive trips.

More companies than ever before are requesting the community service options that Cruise Dreams offers as one of the many extras that set their incentive travel programs apart from others. The addition of altruism to incentive attracts and retains more socially aware employees and increases career satisfaction.

“Many corporations and smaller companies that are focusing on local charities or community service are finding that incorporating community service into an excursion during an incentive trip offers a rewarding experience for everyone involved," said Kim Gibbons, founder and president of Cruise Dreams, an agency specializing in individual, group and incentive travel. "Including rapport and team building with peers with the intent to give back to others on an island or at a port of call is particularly fulfilling during an incentive cruise or incentive tour.”

In many ways, Community Service can influence everything from employee retention to customer recognition.

A number of surveys have shown that:

  •     80% of consumers have more positive perceptions of companies that support causes
  •     93% of Americans think about corporate citizenship when making purchasing decisions.
  •     47% of consumers have bought a brand that supports a cause at least once a month.
  •     87% of companies with community service programs have employees who show strong company loyalty.
  •     And in companies with well demonstrated community service concern, morale and efficiency were higher, public image was stronger and community service was a stated factor in employee retention.

An option is to allow employees to choose to forgo a specified entertainment or activity while on a group cruise or group tour and donate the allotted funds to some local charity or to solve a local crisis. Others give employees or customers the opportunity for some hands-on work that can really make a difference.

Other activities can be more oriented towards team building with the prizes awarded to chosen charities rather than team members.

“This allows us to incorporate fun events like an Amazing Race with sightseeing, competitions, contests and activities that challenge the brain and the body into an ultimate goal of giving back something to the community we enjoyed," added Gibbons.

Community Services Excursions and events are only some of the many extras that can be included in any group travel or in any incentive trip. Incentive Travel Planners and Cruise specialists match destinations, activities, events, extras and customized client amenities to groups of every size, from special interest like dance groups to partial ship charters or medium to large size groups, to full ship charters or complete occupancy of a 5-star resort or hotel. Any incentive travel group is sure to discover what a difference Cruise Dreams can make in planning an employee or customer reward trip.

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Cruise Dreams, a tailored travel company specializing in individual and group travel & corporate incentive travel at sea or on land. Whether it be cruising, full ship charters or 5-star all-inclusive luxury properties world-wide. For more information, visit http://www.cruisedreamsincentivetravel.com or call 1-877-999-4533.

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Phone: 816.537.4533
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Website: http://www.cruisedreams.com, http://www.cruisedreamsincentivetravel.com

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