24 July 2018

Incent “Amazing” with River Cruising From Nuremberg to Vienna and Krakow

Nuremberg is not only a great place to meet ... it's now also one of Europe's growing river cruise destinations.

Sometimes in our industry, the I of MICE does not always receive as much attention it should.

Incentives are a $90B market for a reason - they help companies and organizations build morale and job satisfaction, foster loyalty, and create positive company cultures.

Incentive trips are especially coveted and provide the opportunity to create truly memorable journeys that can be a natural extension to meetings, conferences and events, or stand on their own as a special experience.

For example, what could be better than topping off a successful meeting or conference in Nuremberg (with its strong industry expertise, charm and history) with an unforgettable incentive experience for star employees -- like a relaxing yet vibrant river cruise to Vienna and Krakow.

Nuremberg is fast becoming a popular port for this delightful mode for wanderlust.

Imagine your guests gliding down the silvery ribbon of the Danube. Think top notch dining, attentive and highly personalized service, behind-the-scenes access to local, historic and cultural gems, and -- of course -- soaking in gorgeous "landscapes" at a relaxing pace from a fully appointed suite or cabin.

With all these benefits, it's no wonder river cruising is a growing way to travel, and of increasing interest to meeting planners and delegates as an exceptional incentive.

To give you a feel for what it's like to river cruise out of Nuremberg, the NürnbergConvention Bureau (NCB) recently spoke with Fero Bakos, Product Manager of River Cruising at Tauck. Tauck is just one of the NCB's leading river cruise partners, a Travel & Leisure's "World's Best Tour Operators" for the past 18 years, and a 90 year old family-run business from Wilton, Connecticut in the US.

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NürnbergConvention Bureau : How can river cruises add a special touch to a meeting or conference in Nuremberg?

Fero Bakos, Tauck: After hosting a successful meeting, conference or event on land (or as its own stand-alone trip), a river cruise is a truly special way to thank star employees and create a memorable experience.

Onboard-- your delegates can enjoy incredible dinners, private musical performances, exclusive onboard cultural lectures, and of course a moving panorama of lovely scenery from elegant yet relaxed shared spaces, and top notch private accommodations.

Onshore -- your guests will have VIP access to exclusive onshore locations they would not likely visit. For example how about having a meal on the private rooftop restaurant of the German Parliament building in Berlin, or spending an evening with dining and classical music inside a private Viennese palace?

We also have Tauck Directors accompanying guests during sightseeing and onboard activities, allowing planners to add special touches and surprises that fit with company values or meeting themes.

Plus we only have 120 guest onboard at any one time so it feels very personal or if you want a completely private journey chartering a river cruise is a fresh and fully customizable way to host floating incentive groups, special events, meetings or small conferences.

NCB: Nuremberg is a special city to meet in, but what is also attractive about Nuremberg as a port for river cruising?

Fero Bakos, Tauck: Yes, Nuremberg is a great city in its own right blending history, culture and innovation. In terms of river cruising, its central location in Europe makes it a very convenient port for guests joining from places like Munich, Berlin and Prague. Its prime position on the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal and easy to reach location just outside Nuremberg city center also makes it an excellent gateway to other exciting European cities.

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NCB: Can you give us a feel for what an itinerary is like.

Fero Bakos, Tauck: We have a Royal Danube, Berlin and Krakow cruise that goes out of (or into) Nuremberg and includes Vienna. The itinerary begins with a three-night hotel stay in Berlin with two full days of guided sightseeing. Guests then travel by the new high-speed train to Nuremberg where they'll embark the river boat and begin a seven-night cruise along the Danube. As they wind their way through Bavaria and Austria to Vienna, guests enjoy a choice of sightseeing in each port of call like history-focused World War II and Jewish Heritage Site visits, a trip to the BMW automobile factory, exclusive wine tastings, and bike tours. The itinerary concludes in Krakow, Poland with guided sightseeing and events including a poignant (and optional) visit to Auschwitz and a unique subterranean farewell dinner at the 13th century Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Want to pack your bags right now? We know all of us at the NürnbergConvention Bureau do! To learn more about all Nuremberg has to offer as a meeting city and a river cruise port contact Martina Weber at Martina.weber@nuernberg-convention.de.

To get additional perspective on incentives check out Linda Nuss' Blog coming out of her participation at the Northstar Media's 17th annual Rountable Discussion hosted by Incentives Magazine.