Incentive Travel has always been centred around the creation of unique and memorable experiences. Experiential travel isn’t exactly a new trend, but over recent years we’ve seen a peak in interest of guests looking to get even more in touch with locals and engage in hands-on experiences that echo Ireland’s core cultural values and traditions.
Ireland has an abundance of options to offer when it comes to experiential travel. From culinary experiences to digital detox’s, our small country is so rich in culture, naturally beautiful landscape and friendly locals it makes an ideal experiential travel location.
So, what can we offer?
Culinary experiences –With the growth of culinary travel internationally, we are lucky to have such fantastic foodie experiences available on our door step. An article published on Skift on the key trends in Experiential Travel smartly states, food is an inherently social and emotional experience, making it an important pillar in experience-based travel. Social Media, predominantly Instagram really helps small, local businesses gain exposure and promote their produce and experiences. Food trails and foraging activities can be found in every corner of Ireland.
One of our favourite experiences here at Ovation is Seaweed Foraging off the Wild Atlantic Way – this is a wonderful immersive experience led by a foodie guide that not only allows visitors to hunt and taste seaweed but also educates on the many benefits it can provide.
Live like a local
‘Live like a Local’ experiences – again something becoming more and more popular. Visitors are interested in experiencing the authentic side of living in Ireland. We’re lucky in that we have so many locals willing to host visitors and showcase their homes and lifestyle.
You’ve seen it before, but where?
Something that has always attracted visitors to destinations is film and television series locations. Northern Ireland has become such a popular destination with many locations featuring in the renowned series Game of Thrones. From fully immersing in a medieval hog feast and meeting the Direwolve’s at Castle Ward to simply visiting some of the most beautiful scenery made famous from the series, there are so many fans can submerge in.
Ovation Ireland DMC loves the challenge of finding the next new experience. With every programme we develop, we endeavour to create something truly bespoke. Our goal is to create a lasting memory.
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