Best Attractions to Discover the Local History and Culture

Last week, my company got another one of those inquiries that puzzles me.

"We don't need any tours. We just want to relax on the beach."

Particularly in a tough economy, why would companies fly employees halfway across the world to lie on the beach and get drunk at the bar? Companies can do that closer to home at a fraction of the cost.

Incentive travel provides an opportunity to broaden the horizons of employees and expose them to a different culture. To travel to a foreign destination and learn nothing about the culture or history is a wasted opportunity. Why go to a foreign country and never see it?

Here are a few examples of interesting and engaging cultural attractions, historical sites and communities.



  • Edo-Tokyo Museum Interactive exhibits and miniature and full-size replicas of traditional buildings.



  • Sarawak Cultural Village. Explore traditional homesteads of the 7 major ethnic groups that shaped Malaysia's culture.


  • The Outameni Experience Travel back in time to explore the 6 ethnic groups that have left a cultural imprint on Jamaica.


  • Dubai Heritage and Diving Village.


  • Bait Al Zubair Museum, located in a traditional Omani house.
  • Nizwa Fort and Nizwa Souq.

What cultural attractions and communities would YOU add to this list?

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