Avoid jet lag when planning staff incentives, says KFC's Leigh Acutt

KFC events planner Leigh Acutt says that choosing an unusual destination and varying trips year-to-year are key elements in planning the ideal incentive trip.

Avoid jet lag when planning staff incentives, says KFC's Leigh Acutt
Avoid jet lag when planning staff incentives, says KFC's Leigh Acutt

Speaking to C&IT, Acutt cited the fast-food brand’s Champions Club overseas incentive trip which is run every year.

She said: "KFC has around 800 stores within the UK and Ireland, so to make it into the Champion’s Club is a huge accolade and therefore the prize needs to fit the bill."

Other tips include selecting a destination that avoids jet lag. "With our trip lasting only four days, my choice in 2010 was South Africa, where there’s only a one-hour time difference," she said.

"Add something special. Our last night in South Africa included a candlelit barbecue in the middle of the African bush accompanied by traditional dancing and singing. It was spectacular."

Finally, she adds, vary trips year-to-year. "You may have a second-time winner as we did this year," she says.

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