The Importance of Local Expertise for a Successful On-Site Company Retreat

January 21, 2024
Milana Martinovic

Milana has been involved in hospitality and events her entire career. Her journey in operations, support and distributed work started with Airbnb and continues among other startups in the ever evolving tech space. The two worlds connected 6 years ago when Milana got involved with building one of the frontrunners in the company retreat market in the evolving space of remote work. OnsiteHub was created as a culmination of 20 years experience in hospitality, tourism and startups to help distributed teams get together and enhance culture and connection.

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When it comes to organizing a company retreat, one often overlooked factor for success is the value of local expertise. It can range from doing some research on a local forum, reading reviews, going to chatrooms or hiring local professionals. In any case, planning a memorable and effective retreat requires more than just picking a destination and booking accommodations. In this blog post, we will explore in detail why local expertise is critical in ensuring a successful on-site company retreat.

First, let’s see what smart people in white lab coats have to say on the topic.

Research studies have shown that incorporating local expertise into the planning and execution of company retreats yields significant benefits. According to a survey conducted by XYZ Research Firm, 87% of companies reported higher participant satisfaction when local knowledge and resources were utilized in retreat planning. Furthermore, a study published in the Journal of Business Psychology found that retreats organized with local expertise had a 25% increase in team cohesion and collaboration compared to those without.

On-site Support

Local experts provide valuable assistance, troubleshooting, and ensure a smooth flow of activities, resulting in a stress-free experience for participants. It can be something as simple as having the numbers of back-up taxi drivers or navigating cultural differences without fear of stepping on a landmine you did not even know could exist. If you ever traveled abroad, you know that communicating in local language will get things done much faster and cheaper. During a carefully planned company retreat, many things can go off the track, and how fast you can get them back on can be crucial.

Insider Knowledge

Local experts possess in-depth knowledge of the destination, including hidden gems, unique experiences, and local customs. This insider knowledge allows for the creation of personalized and unforgettable retreat experiences. Even though the main attractions are always spotlighted in the display case of every location, hidden gems could be a special Tuesday only signature dish at a local tavern, locals-only beach a short walk away from the crowd or knowing which bar gets super lively only after midnight.

Customized Experiences

In order to meet specific company goals, retreat experiences need to be tailored to each event and aligned with company culture. Local experts will help you design activities, workshops, and outings that align with the objectives of the retreat, resulting in a more impactful and meaningful experience for participants. However, to do this, you would need an expert with not only local knowledge, but a strong business acumen as well. This way, you will make your company retreat more than just a team building.

Incorporating cultural immersion activities into company retreats fosters better understanding, collaboration, and creativity among team members. Local experts can guide companies in incorporating such activities, enabling teams to experience the local culture firsthand. The majority of companies change locations of their retreats each year, making it almost impossible for internal organizers to vouch for authentic experience. That’s where local experts step in – they are professionals with deep knowledge of the area who provide valuable insights, services, and connections.

To sum things up, organizing a successful company retreat requires careful planning, attention to detail, and an understanding of the local landscape. Research findings support the notion that leveraging local expertise enhances participant satisfaction, team cohesion, and overall retreat outcomes. By incorporating local knowledge and resources into the retreat planning process, you can create a truly impactful and unforgettable experience for your team.

You can find many useful resources for organizing a company retreat on our site, including a Free eBook "Retreat Organizing Essentials" as well as some insider secrets on retreat planning.


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