Challenges: According to Corporate Rewards business development director Daniel Kelly, the key challenge was to ensure that all the delegates left the trip having not only built bonds with their colleagues from across Europe, but also with an unforgettable experience. At the last moment, the World Health Organisation announced that Yellow Fever jabs were required for anyone passing through South Africa - which all flights did - so the innoculations had to be organised at speed.
Solution: The trip kicked off with a business-focused meeting at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, before delegates began a programme of exhilarating activities, including white-water rafting after a 230m descent down the Batoka Gorge, feeding elephants and canoeing.
Post-event analysis: Questionnaires were emailed to the client and to the delegates themselves, with feedback noting the trip created "great shared experiences for the EMEA teams". Microsoft director Jesper Westfall adds: "We recognise the clear business benefits of incentive trips. They provide an incentive for the HP and Microsoft teams to work together to achieve a common goal."
Company: Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard
Event: Amazing Victoria Falls team-building and reward
Group size: 35
Agency: Corporate Rewards
Date: 30 June-3 July 2011
Venue: Royal Livingstone Hotel