Ok so we don’t have the 148,000 hotel rooms that Las Vegas does, or the 5000+ capacity that Emirates Golf Club in Dubai has, but what we can offer is charming, intimate and exclusive Scottish experiences for large incentive groups...!
In 2011 Hello Scotland welcomed 10 groups of over 150 to Scotland (4 were 300+), proving that you can offer a creative and bespoke taste of Scotland for large corporate incentives.
2011 and our previous experience of large incentives means we can offer you some valuable advice when it comes to choosing Scotland for groups of 150+ participants, and how to make planning it a breeze...
Top 5 pieces of advice:
- Stick to Edinburgh, Glasgow or a resort hotel for best 5* accommodation for large groups.
- For informal dining, both cities offer great dine around options over a good selection of restaurants. Or, our person favourite, get out of the city and head to an old barn for a BBQ / buffet evening with Scottish folk music, entertainment and traditional dancing!
- For your gala dinner there’s a fantastic selection of dramatic venues across central Scotland, like Stirling Castle, the Arches in Glasgow, Hopetoun House near Edinburgh or the newly refurbished National Museum of Scotland – which can hold dinner for up to 800!
- Large groups make for an exciting Highland Games, or Taking the Hill – where teams compete in an electrifying atmosphere. Or for city-based activities, Impulse Interactive is a fantastic way for groups to see the sights!
- Scotland can offer an unbelievable choice of optional activities for large groups, like: mountain biking, haggis making, bagpipe workshop, hat making, sporran making, 5* spa experiences, city tours, whisky tasting/blending, Scottish cook schools, fishing, adrenaline sports, rugby clinics, golf and much, much more! Your DMC should be able to offer you a selection that fits the profile of your group and the budget.
But also remember!
Choose a DMC who are used to running incentives for large numbers so they have the knowledge and experience to logistically plan a seamless and creative program for you. Ask for proof of their experience and make sure they can manage your expectations of what’s possible for large groups in Scotland.
Also, we advise you to secure hotel rooms as early as possible to ensure you get your first choice of accommodation, particularly if you are travelling a busy times of the year (for example, booking large numbers of rooms in Edinburgh during August can be difficult as it’s festival season).
If you'd like any advice on planning a large incentive trip to Scotland, please drop the team a line on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warm wishes from Scotland,