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Bridgework Over Troubled Waters

While rare, things don’t always go as planned on incentive programs.

This particular incident happened over two decades ago, but the memory of it is as crisp as freshly ironed cotton sheets because, quite frankly, in over 30 years of planning and overseeing incentive trips, this was–and remains–a first. It involved a gregarious, hilarious French Canadian and his teeth.

We took a group of 300 attendees (which included the French Canadian man, who we will call Francois) on a one-week dealer incentive trip to Barbados. It was a week full of sun and fun, including an excursion on the Jolly Roger.

If you’re not familiar with Jolly Roger cruises, a website sums it up with three telling verbs: “Eat… drink… party!” More specifically, it’s a sailing cruise with calypso music, dancing, snorkeling, food, and as you might suspect, rum punch. Read more

The Staff of Meridican shows their love for the beautiful game

Water-Cooler Conversation Heats Up

It’s a universal office truism: The hottest water-cooler topics have long been religion, wages, politics and office politics. Until now.

There’s a new water-cooler topic in town, and it has many of us all fired up: The FIFA World Cup.

Here at Meridican, our team is generally a polite, mild-mannered lot. Just… not at the moment. The World Cup is causing all sorts of fuss and strong opinions (Argentina, no contest), which has as much to do with the sport as it does the countries.

You see, incentive travel is one of the services we offer to our clients. As a result, we are fortunate to be a very well travelled group. Between our team of 26, we’ve been to almost all the countries represented. Each travel program comes with its own cherished memories and feelings of belonging and connection, which are further heightened by our wide-ranging cultural backgrounds. On the other hand, some of us are supporting a certain team not because of our familial roots or experiences in the country, but because it’s a kind of wish fulfillment; cheering for Ecuador, for example, puts me closer to it.

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Pope Fiction

Pope Fiction

What do the Vatican, John Travolta and Burgers have to do with Supplier Relationships? Everything!

Last September we planned an incentive travel program in Rome, the capital of Italy and one of the world’s oldest cities. In terms of incentive travel, Rome is the pinnacle of achievement and recognition, which is exactly what our client, US Foods, needed to motivate their sales team.

While the program was a whopping success, it didn’t come without its challenges. We were presented with a small timeframe for a big, multi-faceted initiative pockmarked by concerns like: how are we going to breach a normally forbidden location? If we couldn’t drive right up to the Vatican’s front door, we knew from experience that our distinguished guests would have to walk a long way (which would be awkward for our 452-member group).

Even with 32 years under our belts, we still suffer from the occasional frozen-in-time-moment where we find ourselves wondering: “Can we do this?”

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