In corporate events and incentives, a retreat or offsite is an opportunity to wow your internal stakeholders (sometimes the most important clients). Choosing a destination that offers an abundance of activity options and a location serviced by several daily flights (and airlines) and, if you can factor in a little bit of history and a beach, you’ve struck event gold.
For a small country (around the size of Wales), Israel ticks all the boxes.
With ten flights a day from London and a flight time of fewer than five hours, Israel is one of those destinations that work for a whole range of events. When arriving or departing from Israel your guests passports are not stamped which is important to note. You can also read about the regions current Covid guidelines here.
Working with our preferred DMC partner in the region Eshet, you can have them provide a multitude of options to suit any event you have, but to help, we’ve laid out what could be an impactful agenda below. But before you get into it, check out this video:
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where your DMC Eshet will greet guests as they arrive at the terminal before transporting your attendees to one of the many unique hotels in the city (check out the list below).
On arrival at the hotel, Eshet can arrange either Israeli and ethnic dancers or Belly Dancers to meet your guests before checking into their rooms (what a welcome!). Eshet can provide suggestions for various welcome gifts, which you can room drop, and some of these options are so special. Imagine checking into your room and finding a Dead Sea Mineral Mask on your bed after a long flight! You could also have a jar of local honey ready in their rooms, placed in hand-painted ceramic jars to take home or perhaps a regional fruit plate on a hand crafted take home plate – so many possibilities
That night, you can have dinner in your hotel or transport your guests to a Bedouin Dinner fest at the Shepherd’s Village, a recreation of the hospitable atmosphere and nomadic tradition of the desert people since the beginning of the creation of culture in the region.
Another option for your welcome dinner could be an evening of food, song and dance at the Seven Gates of Jerusalem…. The options are endless.
Your agenda for the day could include a morning of meetings before heading off for a team-building activity. Options here include everything from golf, LGBTQ Tours (Isreal is one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly cities globally), Religious Tours or just a float in the dead sea.
Back to the hotel after the activities, you could allow your delegates time to change before heading to a Roman-style banquet in the desert!
You can allow your delegates time at leisure before heading back to the airport to take the short trip home.
There are so many options for events in Israel. For many of us, it’s a location we may have dreamed about managing an event in but not yet had the opportunity or didn’t know enough about the many options available for event planners. For more information on all the beautiful options available, drop us a line where we can connect you with Eshet Incentives & Conferences. Eshet has over 33 years of experience in incentives and conferences and is a safe pair of hands to support your event. Eventprofslive hopes to show you everything Israel has for events later this year, and we can’t wait.
Our suggested hotels
The Royal Beach Tel Aviv is a stunning property that boasts 230 rooms and suites to suit every one of your delegates, with most rooms offering a balcony offering a breathtaking view of the beach. When it comes to meeting space, there is an abundance of spaces to suit all types of events, with the largest taking up to 200 theatre styles (capacities chart here).
David Kempinski Tel Aviv has set a new benchmark in luxury in the region with its stunning property located on the world-famous promenade. The David Kempinksi houses a glorious spa (always a delegate ask) and 1,200 square metres of dedicated event space, where you can find capacity charts here.