Now and then we get to give people experiences they just could never have had traveling solo. These are hands-down our favorite events to arrange.
The Vatican – with no one there. As the reward for one of our sales incentive programs, we put together a private admission to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. On a normal tourist day, thousands of people fill the Sistine, wall to wall. We had it all to ourselves.
Dinner under Istanbul. For another, we threw a dinner in an underground cistern in Turkey. Designed to store water in ancient times, it felt like a subterranean palace: Roman pillars, sweeping ceilings, water like a mirror on the floor.
Here, we created a reproduction of the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, one of the largest, oldest covered markets in the world. We gave participants fake money (minted with pictures of their own executives) and let them haggle with vendors for real goods. Flowing curtains, belly dancers, an amazing meal. An amazing time.
But the best was Bali. It started with a convoy of eight buses and, to our guests’ delight, a police escort to get us through the city. With five motorcycle cops and a squad car, our two-hour drive took 45 minutes.
As we pulled up, 500 villagers met us on the road: children all dressed up, women wearing sarongs with baskets of fruit on their heads. They swept us up in their procession, we turned a corner, and there was the temple of Taman Ayun.
Candles lined the walkway. Changing colors illumined the walls. Participants drank the view as they approached and – with the permission of the Queen of Mengwi – passed through the wall to the inner garden, where the banquet was.
Guests took their seats at the foot of the temple, surrounded by colors, flowers, orange and white; and the meal was served Rajasthani style: 100 servants weaved through the tables with an appetizer in each hand, until each stood at the place they’d been assigned. A signal was given, and 200 plates of food met the table at the same time. The guests clapped, the servants filed out and dinner began.
Meanwhile, on the stage under the temple, four Balinese dancers performed in turn, each with a distinct style, costume and character. So with each course of food, there was a course of entertainment, too. It was a magical night.
It was an irreproducible night, too. That’s a common thread on all the travel rewards we create for our sales incentive programs: from the bazaar in the cistern to our visit to the Vatican, we give people moments of wonder and excitement that they simply could not get otherwise.
We’d love to do the same for you. Contact us.
“If you need an organization to plan events, the Beatty Group team is talented and experienced and will make that event very special. Ross’ experience over the last 20 years is immense.”
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