by Alex Palmer | July 20, 2016
When it comes to international incentives, it pays to think outside the box. A number of emerging destinations offer unexpected benefits to groups. Events held in one-of-a-kind international locations can create powerful memories for attendees.

Take the country of Peru. Between its memorable cuisine, millennia of history, and stunning natural landscape, it's a destination likely to make an impact with attendees.

"The country is extremely multifaceted, offering a rich and rewarding experience for travelers of all discerning preferences and tastes," says Ana Cecilia Vidal, corporate communications manager for Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas, which has eight properties throughout the country.

The company recently introduced the multi-day experiential journey "The Sacred Heartbeat," in conjunction with two of its properties: Cusco's Palacio del Inka and the Sacred Valley's Tambo del Inka, providing visitors with an adventurous outing through the country, including kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking. Attendees looking for something more relaxing can check in at one of the properies' top-notch spas, inspired by the local environment.

Another unconventional Latin American destination that groups can consider is Panama City. With a rich culture and folklore traditions, a charming Old Quarter, and proximity to a stunning rainforest and the Eighth Wonder of the World (the Panama Canal), it is a place that meeting attendees won't soon forget after visiting.

"When we mix up the different elements and add in our first-class resort, programs are set up for success," says Christel Brandwagt, director of resort sales and marketing for Bern Hotels & Resorts Panamá, which oversees eight properties in the country, including The Westin Playa Bonita Panama and Intercontinental Miramar Panama. "Other great features that make planning a program in Panama a lot easier are air connectivity (Hub of the Americas), the U.S. dollar as the main currency, and overall safety in the country."

While properties like the Westin Playa Bonita make for solid options for groups, planners can also consider more unconventional venues to capitalize on the surroundings. Villa Bonita, located on a secluded stretch of the Pacific Coast just 20 minutes from Panama City, offers a private villa for small groups. It includes 20 junior suites, a living room and dining room, infinity swimming pool, boardroom, outdoor terrace, and even a wine cellar. Altogether it creates an ideal spot for groups to get away from distractions and immerse themselves in a unique destination.