by Alex Palmer | March 21, 2014
Travel fans now have a way to enjoy incentive-level experiences at a far lower price than their market value. A new initiative from the Site International Foundation, the not-for-profit education and research arm of incentive travel organization Site, gives individuals the opportunity to bid on customized travel packages and benefit the incentive industry in the process.

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Called "Around the World," the online auction offers multi-city luxury packages to 14 destinations, from Florida to China. Each includes special itineraries for two, and at prices far below what they would cost through standard travel outlets. For example, a six-night Denmark/Sweden package, which includes stays at the Crown Plaza Copenhagen Towers and Sheraton Stockholm; tours of the Carlsberg Brewery, Abba Museum, and Stockholm Archipelago, starts at $1,930, though the package is valued at $5,500.

"What makes this opportunity unique is that bidding is open to everyone, not just Site members," said Kurt Paben, president of Site International Foundation, in a statement. "Itineraries like these aren't always readily available outside the motivational events industry network." Like eBay, each auction also comes with a "Buy Now" option for those who know they want to take the trip. For example, the starting bid for a trip through the Czech Republic, including stays at Prague's Mandarin Oriental and Karlovy Vary's Grandhotel Pupp, is $2,800, though the value is $7,572, with a Buy Now price of $4,922.

"If you’re considering domestic or international travel in the next year, securing one of these itineraries at a fraction of the cost is a wise investment," said Paben. "These experiences offer the same top-notch accommodations that are offered through motivational travel incentive programs."

The trips have been donated by Site Foundation sponsors, with all proceeds going to helping the organization's efforts to facilitate research and educational programs for industry members. 

Bidding is open through March 31, 2014, and can be accessed by visiting bit.ly/1inx1lH.