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Best Places to Work 2018

Carrousel Named One of MSPBJ’s 2018 ‘Best Places to Work’

June 22, 2018

Carrousel Travel is honored to be named one of the 2018 Best Places to Work by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Honorees include companies of all sizes in a wide range of industries across the Twin Cities.…

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Cost Saving Meetings and Incentive Programs

5 Tips for Planning Cost-Effective Meetings & Incentive Programs

June 18, 2018

Your organization could see huge cost savings for meetings with a little bit of foresight and planning that crosses over into incentive programs as well. Consider options around hotel negotiation, group air contracts, and more. Negotiate for…

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intangible rewards

The Biggest Incentives are the Most Intangible: Why Travel Reward Programs Work

June 12, 2018

There’s something of an explorer in all of us. This takes different forms depending on what’s happening in our lives, varying from mental frontiers to physical places. However, the reality for most people is that travel is…

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Hotel Request for Proposal

Hotel RFPs: Worthwhile or Waste of Time?

June 5, 2018

Say the words “request for proposal” and anyone familiar with the term will probably shudder. No matter the business or end goal, RFPs usually signify the initiation of a process that will take a lot of time…

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Virtual Card Programs

Virtual Card Programs: Why Your Travel Program Should Move Toward Digital

May 29, 2018

Saying ‘there’s an app for that’ used to be a way of implying that a process or a company was on the cutting edge. As smartphones have embedded themselves more and more into our everyday lives, though,…

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Meeting Trends 2018

Beyond the Board Room: 2018 Meeting Trends

May 21, 2018

It sounds crazy to believe that we are almost midway through 2018. As we hone in on the second part of the year, there are some definite meeting trends and new incentive ideas becoming more prominent in…

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Employee Appreciation Week 2018

Employee Appreciation Week 2018

May 8, 2018

We spent last week celebrating Carrousel’s greatest asset – our team. We kicked off Employee Appreciation Week on Rise and Shine Monday with a waffle bar and breakfast spread. Fiesta Tuesday brought a taco lunch and a…

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How to Optimize Your Incentive Program

How to Optimize Your Incentive Program

May 7, 2018

When it comes to designing an incentive program, how does your company go about it? Chances are, if you’re relying on cash as your primary motivational tactic, there’s potential to do a lot better. Carrousel Travel recently…

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Lost Luggage Business Travel

What Happens to Lost Luggage During Business Travel?

April 27, 2018

Losing luggage during business travel (well, any type of travel) is at the top of the list when it comes to inconveniences.  Watching the luggage slowly tumble down the airport conveyor belt, as piece-by-piece is claimed, without…

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Corporate Social Responsibility

4 Ideas for Companies of Any Size to Engage In Corporate Social Responsibility

April 20, 2018

Each generation brings a different set of ideals and expectations to the culture as a whole. And from shopping habits to workplace environments, one of the biggest shifts to come in recent years is around corporate social…

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3 Reasons to Use a Travel Management Company (TMC) for Business Travel

3 Reasons to Use a Travel Management Company (TMC) for Business Travel

April 16, 2018

When it comes to business travel, it’s tempting for organizations to find ways to do it themselves. Just a Google search reveals plenty of websites claiming to have the lowest prices for everything from hotels to flights…

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Sail and Save with Star Clippers

Sail and Save with Star Clippers

April 11, 2018

Explore the Caribbean, Asia or the Mediterranean on a Star Clippers tall ship sailing adventure. Experience the grand age of sailing on an intimate ship with personal service and delightful cuisine. Contact us today to learn about…

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REAL ID Travel Policy

How Will REAL ID Impact Your Travel Program?

April 9, 2018

2018 is bringing many changes in a variety of ways. Including how we travel. January saw the implementation of the final phase of the federal REAL ID Act program (established in 2005). The Homeland Security initiative established…

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Destination Team Building

Destination Team Building for Virtual Coworkers

April 2, 2018

One of the key pieces of any successful business is a team that works well together. While most of us don’t get to pick our coworkers any more than we get to pick our family, traditional work…

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Bringing Efficiency to Business Travel: Hot Takes from SAP Concur Fusion

Bringing Efficiency to Business Travel: Hot Takes from SAP Concur Fusion

March 23, 2018

SAP Concur Fusion is a major conference in the field of business travel and corporate travel. For companies like Carrousel, it gives us the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in travel technology and new ideas.…

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Empowering Youth by Learning to Sew

December 4, 2017

In partnership with one of our most generous group clients, Carrousel Travel facilitated the purchase and donation of three sewing machines for the Batwa (Pygmy) community near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. The machines will be used…

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Ethiopian Child Sponsorship

Empowering People Out Of Poverty

November 28, 2017

I have had the privilege of sponsoring a child in Ethiopia for the past several years. Hadiza is a bright young girl that I have been able to see grow up into a teenager of 13 years…

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Destination Inspiration: Hong Kong and Vietnam

November 10, 2017

Are you looking for something unique, interesting and exciting for your next group program? At Carrousel we work with all types of clients – those who prefer to keep their group stateside, those who are just getting…

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Ten Things Your Company Should Be Doing

November 10, 2017

Curious what top performing companies are doing differently regarding non-cash rewards and recognition? You should be. In this white paper written by the Incentive Research Foundation, over 900 companies were reviewed and a little over 300 made…

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Empowering Children to Fulfill their Potential

October 16, 2017

For 20 years the Harris family has sponsored children through Unbound, which supports families in 19 countries around the world. The organization is dedicated to helping those marginalized and vulnerable through education and community building. Michelle (left)…

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Walk for Water 5K

September 19, 2017

A team of Carrousel employees participated in the Walk for Water 5K for the Water Mission charity to help raise money and bring awareness to the need for safe water for those in countries in need. The…

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Employee Appreciation Week 2017

August 24, 2017

Carrousel spent an entire week this month celebrating our number one asset – our employees! The week was filled with theme days, dress-up contests, special treats and awesome prizes. Check out all of the fun we had!

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Serving Food for Service Families

August 23, 2017

Over the weekend, a few of our staff volunteered at the 133rd Air National Guard “Family Day” at the Minneapolis airport base. Along with Fat Lorenzo’s Restaurant in Minneapolis, they helped prepare and serve food for over…

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From our Owner: Top 10 Destinations

August 16, 2017

One of our owners, Neal Kraemer, shared his list of the top ten must-visit destinations he has experienced. Hover over or click on the images below to check them out!

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Inspirational Bags

August 9, 2017

Many people drive off an exit ramp and see people asking for money or food and wonder what they can do to help. We decided we could help make someone’s day by providing a bag filled with…

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Advocating Autism Awareness

July 27, 2017

Each year, women from around the globe compete in the Mrs. International Pageant competition, where they are given a platform to speak out about a cause they are passionate about. This year’s candidate from Minnesota, Stephanie Welter,…

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Food Drive 2017

July 24, 2017

Carrousel engaged in some friendly office competition as we hosted a Food Drive. The office was divided into four teams, each fighting for the highest number of donations. In the end, we came together to collect over…

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Changing the World One Child at a Time

June 1, 2017

Talk about a rewarding experience! One of our team members, Jenifer, has sponsored children in need for nearly two decades. She recently discovered a heartwarming connection between the children. Here’s what she had to say: “I began…

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Feed My Starving Children // Round 2

May 25, 2017

Our team had so much fun volunteering at Feed My Starving Children this past winter that we decided to pack food again this week. In total, we helped prepare over 18,000 meals to help those most in…

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Top Destinations for International Meetings

May 24, 2017

According to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), here are the top destinations for meetings in 2016. Other notable destinations are Singapore, Madrid, Lisbon, Seoul and Amsterdam. The International Congress and Convention Association is the global…

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