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1. Posted by Felix300 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

First ten guys, who read this!
If you are sure to have a good command of English, could you please give the definition of "incentive tour". I will be very grateful if you give some links to web-dictionaries, but it is not necessary. Your help can save my reputation as a language student! Thank you all in advance!

2. Posted by CrazyMo (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Being a native English speaker I can reliably inform you I have never ever heard that phrase before!

In what context did you come across it?

3. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

I have come across the word 'special incentive tour' in some tour operators' websites. They usually mean a focused tour package for people with specific interests like 'yoga', 'ayurveda', 'sports'...

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 21, 2007, at 5:23 PM by Ahila ]

4. Posted by sunilr (Inactive 4 posts) 9y

I guess "incentive tour" is more in relation to a trip/holiday which you could have not just for fun but also get to do some recreational activity and learn a lot from it. Example: You might go to the beach to relax and learn surfing lessons as well, go to Agra, India and enjoy the scenic views/beauty but also learn a bit of history from it, go to the 7 apostles in Victoria, Aust to be amazed by the glorifying beauty but learn a bit about rock formation and so on... Do you get the drift???

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Never heard of it.

I can only imagine that it's a term used when there is the possibility of a tour to reward someone for a job well done/meeting a sales target or whatever.

The chance of going on the tour provides an incentive to meet a particular goal.

6. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting james

Never heard of it.

I can only imagine that it's a term used when there is the possibility of a tour to reward someone for a job well done/meeting a sales target or whatever.

The chance of going on the tour provides an incentive to meet a particular goal.

This is the only reasonable-sounding usage that I can imagine. The other usages mentioned sound very strange to my (Ami) ears.

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Quoting james

I can only imagine that it's a term used when there is the possibility of a tour to reward someone for a job well done/meeting a sales target or whatever.

Put that way it sounds like a polite way to say "bribe".

I can so imagine somebody talking about "incentive travels" for labour union represantatives.

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Also never heard of it, and most definitions that i can come up with have either been covered here before, or are at best, very unlikely.

A slight exception - and not in English language - was a few years ago when we were informed that there was a fairly large incentive for not continuing the way we were, and to take a tour further North instead. On enquiring (we already knew the bottom line, but it had to be asked) what the incentive was, we were told that it was in not being executed before sunset. And after a reasonably legnthy and surprisingly heated group debate, we decided that it was a decent incentive and took the tour.

9. Posted by Virginie (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

A lot of incentive tours agencies promote their trips by saying '' come back different'' or ''maximise your performance'' . I think they are like.. relaxing tours but.. re-energising trips.. for business purposes more often...
Anyways, I am not a native english speaker...

10. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting Virginie

A lot of incentive tours agencies promote their trips by saying '' come back different'' or ''maximise your performance'' . I think they are like.. relaxing tours but.. re-energising trips.. for business purposes more often...
Anyways, I am not a native english speaker...

"Incentive tour" appears to be World English from India (judging by a Google search on "incentive tour"). The same search should answer the OP's original question.

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer