Why visit Monte Carlo?
Monte Carlo is the playground of choice for the rich and famous. However, you don’t have to be rich or famous to soak up the stunning view and enjoy a taste of its sophisticated charm. Monaco is home to the most millionaires per capita in the world and you can experience its exceptional location, between mountain and sea, its gardens and its athletic and cultural events.
Monaco is located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It’s bordered by France on three sides, with one side bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Its centre is about 16 kilometres from Italy and is only 13 kilometres northeast of Nice, France. Getting to Monaco is easy from the Nice International Airport (NCE); it’s just 15 miles away. You can rent a car, take a bus or take a helicopter. There’s also frequent train service from downtown Nice, Cannes and Ventimiglia, Italy into Monaco.
The yachts are as big as mansions, champagne is the national drink and even the railway station looks like a pharaoh’s tomb. But while a footballer’s salary would help you enjoy the finer luxuries of this paradise on the Mediterranean coast, absolutely anyone can indulge its fine gardens, clean streets, sensational views and the world’s grandest aquarium.
Things to do?
There are five casinos in Monaco, including one of the world’s most famous – Casino de Monte-Carlo, which is a gambling and entertainment complex. Even if you don’t like to gamble, you can enjoy the amazing decor which includes huge columns, gilt, marble, chandeliers, haut-relief paintings of nude women and wall-filling paintings. Built in 1863, the casino continues to give a lively and luxury atmosphere as well as offering a unique set of games.
One of the first things that come to everyone’s mind when Monaco is mentioned is the Grand Prix. Run since 1929, it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world. The circuit has been called “an exceptional location of glamour and prestige”. You can enjoy the races from grandstands that are built around the circuit, balconies around Monaco become viewing areas for the race and many hotels and residents cash in on the birds-eye views of the race. The rich and famous arrive on their boats and the yachts in the harbour fill with spectators.
Monaco Ville, also known as Le Rocher, is the only part of Monaco that has retained its original old town, complete with small, windy medieval lanes. The old town thrusts skywards on a pistol-shaped rock, its location overlooks the sea to hold stunning views. There are various staircases up to Le Rocher, however, the best route up is via Rampe Major, which starts from place aux Armes near the port.
Nestled on the Mediterranean, It’s no surprise that Monaco has some spectacular places to cycle on its doorstep. Col de la Madone, for example, is used as a benchmark for many cyclists training for the Tour De France.
Hotel de Paris is the country’s oldest and most famous hotel. But according to TripAdvisor, Monaco has a total of 11 hotels and B&Bs. Monte-Carlo Beach is perfect for travellers looking for a small hotel and who want to be steps from the beach .Hôtel Hermitage is similar to Hotel de Paris in its exquisite ambience and decor. This hotel has 280 rooms and a buffet breakfast served in their Winter Garden room; Gustave Eiffel designed the incredible domed ceiling. Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort is a modern hotel and it’s connected to the legendary Jimmy’z nightclub, so you are able to experience the high-quality nightlife in Monte Carlo. Additionally, it is the host hotel of the Monte Carlo tennis tournament so this is where all the players stay during that week in April.
Why have an incentive trip?
It helps achieve business goals
Incentive trips give employees something to focus on and work towards. It helps encourage and motivate them. Higher morale, teamwork and a happy working environment lead to higher work input and therefore business goals can be achieved.
When employees feel recognised and appreciated for the work they put in they develop a deeper sense of loyalty to the company, which increases productivity. Incentive trips aren’t a one-off investment because increased productivity leads to higher sales.
Incentive trips provide a memorable experience which builds relationships within the team. Employees will be excited before the trip and afterwards, they can share their experience which acts as internal PR. Your own staff are your best advocates, being both credible and knowledgeable, and will voluntarily broadcast why other team members should take part. No PR is more effective or motivational than word of mouth.