Top Incentive Destinations for 2019: Bangkok

 

Heading into the New Year, Galactic is highlighting some of our top picks for 2019 incentive program destinations! Over the course of December, every Monday we are highlighting a new and unique journey. Be sure to check back right here every Monday this month!

Unique Incentive Destinations: Bangkok


Overview

In Bangkok, Thailand, a city of more than 6 million people, it is surprisingly calm and peaceful. The majority of citizens in Thailand are Buddhist, and have a morning ritual that promotes giving and peace, and it’s one of the most enlightening experiences to witness. There is a neighborhood where the monks walk around barefoot while the local people make merit by offering them food. Around 8am the Monks return to the temple to make a blessing for world peace. The act of giving first thing in the morning is truly something to admire. Once you take a closer look you’ll begin to realize why we think Bangkok is a top incentive destinations of 2019.

This kindness isn’t just something you see from an average citizen, it is the way that His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej lived and encouraged.  He created what’s known as The Royal Project, a non-profit organization meant to solve deforestation, poverty and opium production. He found ways to make his land better, and instead of profiting off of it, he shared that knowledge to the people of Thailand. 

Aside from the graciousness of the people, the beauty and ambience of Thailand is an experience all on its own. From the architecture of the buildings and temples to the beautiful beaches, it’s something to be in awe over. If you have ever wanted to explore an Asian country, this is the one to visit, as it is truly the destination that has something for everyone.

Accessibility

Bangkok offers transportation methods unique and necessary for the environment such as a Tuk Tuk, which is a motorized three wheeled taxi service that Trip Advisor says your trip to Bangkok would be incomplete if you didn’t ride, just once. The Sky Train is also a relaxing way to navigate the dense inner-city. While there are no direct flights to Bangkok from the US since it is quite a distance from America, flights go to and come from Bangkok out of DFW, Los Angeles, JFK, Seattle and many more.


Why Choose Bangkok as an Incentive Program Destination?

Experiencing a new culture can expand creativity and increase globalization allowing for a new perspective on the world we live on. Broadening world knowledge in a place like Bangkok can motivate individuals upon return from halfway across the globe. Rewarding someone with a trip to Bangkok will be leaps and bounds more effective on increasing productivity and boosting moral than monetary compensation ever could. The memories and impression Bangkok makes on your traveler will be with them for a lifetime.

5 Fun Facts about Bangkok

  • “Bangkok” is just short name version of city’s ceremonial name “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit” which hold the Guinness World record for the longest name of a place
  • The King’s Anthem is Played before movies and cultural performances
  • Bangkok, Thailand hosts the world’s biggest Chinatown (with the world’s largest gold Buddha)
  • Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been colonized by a European Power
  • Every year during Thai New Year holiday, Bangkok hosts the world’s largest street water fight known as Songkran festival

We hope you are able to explore this amazing island with us and have it play a vital part in your business’ performance solutions!

 

  Top Incentive Destinations for 2019: Iceland

 

Heading into the New Year, Galactic is highlighting some of our top picks for 2019 incentive program destinations! Over the course of December, every Monday we are highlighting a new and unique journey. Be sure to check back right here every Monday this month!



Overview

Much closer and warmer than the name suggests, Iceland resides midway between the United States and Europe. As the Fourth-Happiest Country in the World and the Most Peaceful Country in the World, Iceland is full of unique experiences; from viewing the beautiful aurora borealis (commonly known as the Northern Lights) to walking inside a volcano, this destination is bound to offer something new for everyone (unless you’ve already been here, of course!). The capital city of Reykjavik has won our hearts by transforming from a community with roots in agriculture and fishery to a modern, high-tech society and we are happy to announce it as one of our top incentive destinations of 2019.

Accessibility

In recent years, Iceland has become more accessible thanks to a greater number of carriers offering new, non-stop flights to Reykjavik due to its relatively close location in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean; just 5 hours from the US east coast and 3 hours from Europe. The new routes also open opportunities for split programs to Iceland and Europe. Ultimately, this means that a visit to the Land of Fire and Ice is now easier and quicker than ever.


Why Iceland for an Incentive Program Destination?

Iceland is emerging as a very popular destination that allows travelers to see unique sites that include geysers, waterfalls and geothermal features during an easy day trip from Reykjavik. Groups can hike on glaciers, explore ice caves and volcanoes, whale watch and of course soak in one of the country’s many hot springs, both natural and man-made. There are enough activities to keep attendees engaged for the better part of the week and of course the shopping, restaurants and museums found in the city that focus on the Viking history and Northern Lights offer even more options.

5 Fun Facts about Iceland

Most every native speaks English because they are taught it in school

- The entire country is about 40,000 sq. miles, or similar in size to Kentucky, Tennessee or Indiana

- The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona

- Almost 99% of the country’s energy supply is made from renewable resources, primarily being geothermal renewable energy

- The Arctic Fox is the only species of mammal native to Iceland. Polar bears occasionally visit by traveling on icebergs from Greenland, but the majority of wildlife on the island consists of birds.


We hope you are able to explore this amazing island soon and have it play a vital part in your business’ performance solutions!

 

  Top 10 Cities to Travel to Right Now

 

 

Each year MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index takes an in-depth look into visitor volume during the previous year, provides a growth forecast analysis for the current year as well as reviews the average length of stay and dollar amount spent to rank their Global Destination Cities List. Here are the Top 10 Cities for 2018.

10 Seoul, South Korea

9.54 Million International Overnight Visitors

As the business and cultural hub of South Korea, Seoul combines an innovative city feel with authentic Buddhist history. While you’re there, visit the Myeong-dong shopping district or Gyeongbokgung Palace.

9. Istanbul, Turkey

10.70 Million International Overnight Visitors

Built on two continents and divided by the Bosphorus Straight, Instanbul is considered the European Capital of Culture. Be sure to check out the incredible Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum or one of the other historic monuments.

8. Tokyo Japan

11.93 Million International Overnight Visitors

Next up to host the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo continues to grow and attract visitors. A couple must do items for your list include visiting the towering observation deck, Tokyo Skytree, or the fun for all ages, Tokyo Disneyland.

7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

12.58 Million International Overnight Visitors

As the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has several districts, but its main hub, the Golden Triangle, is recognized for several must see attractions: the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers, Petalin Street Flea Market, and the 400 million year old Batu Caves.

6. New York City, USA

13.13 Million International Overnight Visitors

Comprised of five boroughs each boasting their own expansive arts and culture scenes, history, and mystique, while you’re visiting The Big Apple, be sure to check out Times Square and the Empire State Building.

5. Singapore, Malaysia

13.91 Million International Overnight Visitors

Touted as Southeast Asia’s most modern city, Singapore, while small in size, effortlessly blends a unique ethnic dynamic. During your stay, climb the Tiger Sky Tower for panoramic views that can stretch as far as Indonesia.

4. Dubai, U.A.E.

15.79 Million International Overnight Visitors

Known for its warm hospitality and opulent lifestyle, Dubai features year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, and fascinating attractions including the iconic 160-story skyscraper and observation deck, Burj Khalifa and the palm shaped island of Palm Jumeirah.

3. Paris, France

17.44 Million International Overnight Visitors

Known as the City of Lights, the capital of France is a global hotspot for art, gastronomy, fashion, architecture and culture. Of course, while you’re there you must see the infamous Eiffel Tower, but also make some time for the lesser known gems of the city like the panoramic terrace at the top of the Printemps department store.

2. London, UK

19.83 Million International Overnight Visitors

Situated on the River Thames with one of the largest metropolitan area GDPs in the world, sits London, the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Big Ben, the London Eye and Tower Bridge are sure to be landmarks worth exploring.

1. Bangkok, Thailand

20.05 Million International Overnight Visitors

A true tourist paradise, Bangkok is a jumble of exotic, fun, and majesty that you won’t find anywhere else. Be sure to explore the city’s hot spots and historical sites, such as the Grand Palace and Chatuchak Market.

 

  A Thankful Memorial Day

 

We at Galactic, wish you a “Thankful Memorial Day.”

We wish to thank all US and allied service members who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect and defend our great nation. 

We also wish to thank the families and friends of those service members as well.  Your loved one will not be forgotten, and we are grateful for them every day, not just this Memorial day.

God bless them all, and God bless the United States of America.

 

Gary Cornwell

President

Galactic Companies