Danube Cruise Lends Exclusivity to Dealer Incentive

Ports included Budapest (shown here), Vienna, Melk and Slovakia. (Photo courtesy of Moyan Brenn)
Ports included Budapest (shown here), Vienna, Melk and Slovakia. (Photo courtesy of Moyan Brenn)

When Jeff Broudy, president of United Incentives, was seeking an exclusive experience for a group of dealer/distributors, he chose a river charter on the Danube on Avalon Waterway’s Panorama. The Panorama was the first ship of its kind, with two full decks of suites with windows that open from floor to ceiling, so the entire cabin is transformed into a balcony.

Chartering allowed Broudy to add many special touches, from flying the corporate flag to customizing the cocktail napkins and cabin keys. ”The vibe was like a family reunion on a private yacht,” he says.

His client has been taking its customers on incentive trips since the 1930s and winners have traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. But with ports in in Budapest, Vienna, Melk and Slovakia, he says, “This experience introduced them to a world they would have never seen on their own.”

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.