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They are the highlight of each financial year – company outings. To ensure that your employee event is guaranteed to be a success, we have put together the best ideas for company outings and team building events in the mountains. Scenic Gurgl Carat is also perfect for smaller events. That's why we also show you our best tips for company outings in a small group. If you are still in the very early stages of planning your employee event, we strongly recommend our company outing checklist.
When organizing staff events, company or office outings, there are a few things to consider. First of all, it is important to define the purpose of the event. What are the aims and goals of the outing? Would you like to motivate employees, create a team building experience or is the focus on operational output? You can now build all the other components of your event on it, such as the selection of participants, the location of the company outing, the activities, the catering during the company outing, the travel options to and from the event location and ultimately also the budget planning. The expert Gurgl Carat team will be happy to help you organize and plan your company outing. As experienced event professionals, they know the requirements for successful company outings and are always available to provide advice and support.
What are the aims and goals of the outing? Would you like to motivate employees, create a team building experience, generate measurable output or achieve something else?
Who should take part in the excursion? Do you want to invite all employees or just a specific group? If the latter, how will the participants be selected?
Where should the excursion take place? Is there a particular location that is of interest to the company? What options and amenities (infrastructure, activities, etc.) are available on site?
Which activities should be offered? Should the outing mainly consist of sporting activities or are cultural experiences relevant too?
How should the catering be organized? Would you like meals to be offered as part of the excursion or should the participants provide their own food and drink?
How should arrival and departure be organized? Do you want to rent a bus or should the participants travel to and from the event location on their own?
What is the budget for the excursion? Do you want the company to cover all the costs or should the participants pay part of it themselves?
The mountain village of Obergurgl at 1,900 meters above sea level nestles at the rear end of Ötztal. The Diamond of the Alps, as Gurgl is also called, makes a true paradise for snow sports enthusiasts in winter. 112 immaculate slope kilometers and 25 state-of-the-art mountain lifts promise skiing fun at the highest level. Ski runs leading right to your doorstep is Gurgl’s motto. But the Diamond also shines in summer. Countless hiking trails, climbing tours and mountain bike routes start right in the village center. Not only nature convinces with myriad opportunities. Above all, the perfect blend of outdoor adventure and modern event technology at Gurgl Carat is ideal for any type of business trip. In Gurgl we have even created our own term for this combination of meeting, team building and incentive: MeeTCentive. Check out our ideas for employee events in the Alps.
In several teams, the participants use GPS devices to find the stations that are hidden within the area. Once there, several tasks must be completed such as planting a tree, smelling buffet or even a quad course in order to collect the most points for your own team.
The Steiner family from Gurgl has a longstanding and cherished wine tradition. The largest private wine cellar of Ötztal is hidden in the basement of the house. Junior boss and qualified sommelier Maximilian guides you through the world of wines.
A company outing to Obergurgl is particularly advantageous when combining conferences and team building. The top modern congress and event center Gurgl Carat can accommodate up to 500 people. State-of-the-art technology and excellent service characterize Europe’s highest congress center. In particular, the 100 m² front screen incl. full HD projection ensures visually stunning meetings at the highest level. In addition to the state-of-the-art event technology, Gurgl Carat also offers top services. Event planners receive everything from a single source, from event catering to the organization of the side program as well as hotel booking.
A company outing or company event in Obergurgl is also perfect for small groups. As a local agency, Gurgl Carat will help you plan and organize such events. Because Gurgl is one of Austria’s best places for outdoor activities and is therefore also ideal for small groups. Especially the huge number of side programs in nature are aimed at teams with just a few people. How about a high alpine hike to Gurgl’s Lake Area, for example? Or strengthen team spirit and trust in a taster climbing course with abseiling.
The following activities are also particularly popular for company outings in Austria:
Obergurgl in Ötztal is the perfect destination if you want to organize a fabulous company outing for small groups in Austria. Nature is always just a stone's throw away from the event center and the accommodation and Gurgl Carat boasts state-of-the-art event technology and seminar rooms for groups of all sizes. The expert Gurgl Carat team will support you in planning your company event and will be happy to present all your options when it comes to accommodation and meals for small groups. The breakout rooms in Gurgl are also perfect for intimate meetings or small discussions. Thanks to the very short distances on site (both hotels and breakout rooms are within 10 walking minutes from Gurgl Carat), you won't need a shuttle service in Gurgl. Ideal if you are planning your company outing for small groups in Austria. Check out our ideas for employee events in the mountains.
Obergurgl makes a perfect destination for guided hikes during company outings and employee events. The well-developed network of trails starts in the village center at 1,900 m, leading up to the high alpine spheres. The local mountain and hiking guides select suitable hiking routes for the group depending on the conditions, fitness and experience of the participants. Since each tour is planned individually, the route is adapted to the fitness level of the participants. You also don't have to worry about safety and emergency preparedness. All guides we work with are trained in alpine emergency medicine.
The hiking trails, bridges and paths around Gurgl are regularly checked for safety. If you want to go hiking on your company outing, summer is the best time of year to plan a hiking trip from June to September. During these months, you have the best chance of favorable weather and good conditions. What equipment or clothing is needed for hiking, largely depends on the tour and the conditions on the day. In any case, sturdy hiking boots, several layers of clothing (“onion principle”) as well as warm clothing and rain protection are absolutely recommended. We will be happy to inform you whether certain equipment (such as backpacks, hiking poles, etc.) can be provided by the organizer.
A staff outing is a one-day or multi-day company event organized by the employer. The goals of such an excursion are usually team building and getting to know new colleagues. Business trips are also suitable as a reward or incentive for outstanding performance. Here you can find out everything about the varied possibilities for your team event in Gurgl at the heart of Ötztal.
There are many ideas for company outings in the mountains. Unspoilt nature makes a perfect playground and venue for side programs, incentives and team building events of all kinds in summer and winter alike. There is a multitude of options around Obergurgl: skiing, hut hiking, geocaching, avalanche courses, making soap, visiting a brewery, e-biking tours and a lot more. Read all the ideas for your company outing in Tirol here.
The right location is essential for a successful company outing. The alpine landscape around Obergurgl in Upper Ötztal is ideal for all kinds of business trips. A huge range of leisure activities, the high quality of hotels and the high-tech event center Gurgl Carat offer the best conditions for a successful team event. Read all details about staff outings in Obergurgl here.
The intention of a staff outings of course varies from company to company. Excursions with a large proportion of leisure activities are ideal for team building. A company event also makes a great opportunity to establish new contacts, especially for teams working remotely or after hiring new colleagues. Team outings are also very suitable as an exceptional reward for special achievements or the achievement of milestones. On a business trip important content can be communicated and keynotes held in a relaxed atmosphere. Discover the >varied options in Europe's highest congress center
A company outing or employee event should be a wonderful experience for everyone. It also includes participation in the social side programs and incentives. The varied side programs at Gurgl Carat offer a fabulous blend of sports, culture and enjoyment. Some programs are also suitable for people with limited mobility. Additionally, most programs can be adapted so that as many people as possible can enjoy them. All halls and other areas of Gurgl Carat are barrier-free.