I recently accompanied an electrical wholesaler on an incentive group travel trip to beautiful Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. To make their incentive trip a bit more special, this client decided to treat their participants to some extra spending money, “on the house.” Instead of simply handing the participants cash, the client looked to HMI to come up with something that would be a little more unique and memorable.
Per the request, HMI designed and printed custom “Paradise Pesos” for the participants to spend at a private open-air market that was constructed just for them. Local vendors from around the country came to this exclusive market to sell their goods. They brought everything from large wall paintings to high-end cigars, homemade jewelry to striking home décor. To enhance the experience, the participants were told the day before to stop by the hospitality desk to pick up a “secret item” for their farewell dinner. Each couple received an envelope full of Paradise Pesos to spend as they wished! I could tell they all really enjoyed shopping around and choosing their own souvenirs from their incentive trip.
Deciding what to give as a farewell gift can be a challenge when the group is staying at an all-inclusive resort. All food and drinks are included, so a nice bottle of wine or chocolate dipped strawberries don’t mean as much. Choosing someone else’s souvenir can be daunting, but through HMI’s unique initiative this particular group was able to have a truly authentic Dominican experience. Since this event was catered just to them, they got a chance to haggle with the vendors and shop for locally-made items – all while sipping on some delicious signature cocktails. The participants were ecstatic about the experience, and the client was similarly thrilled with the thought and care that went into planning and executing it. After about an hour of shopping at their own, private, open-air market, the participants were led into the ballroom for their farewell dinner-by an authentic Dominican parade! It was quite a memory!