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    Incentive - meaning

    I came accross a tricky word "incentives" in this sentence - The Hesperia Vigo Hotel offers seven meeting rooms to accommodate business meetings, conferences, incentives, cocktails, and banquets. What kind of event "an incentive" is?

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    Re: Incentive - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    I came accross a tricky word "incentives" in this sentence - The Hesperia Vigo Hotel offers seven meeting rooms to accommodate business meetings, conferences, incentives, cocktails, and banquets. What kind of event "an incentive" is?
    Hi Marina,

    I've been having a look at the Hotel's website (I was curious that a hotel in my country offered "incentive" meeting rooms, you know). When I read the wording in Spanish, it still made litle sense, but I think that "incentive meetings" might refer to those meetings organized as a marketing strategy by certain brands/manufacturers where, after a speech, you are incentivated to purchase a product. The incentive being thst, since you are there, and have attended the speech, you get a discount for your patience. Such events are rather common in Spain, I don't know in other countries.

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    Re: Incentive - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Hi Marina,

    I've been having a look at the Hotel's website (I was curious that a hotel in my country offered "incentive" meeting rooms, you know). When I read the wording in Spanish, it still made litle sense, but I think that "incentive meetings" might refer to those meetings organized as a marketing strategy by certain brands/manufacturers where, after a speech, you are incentivated to purchase a product. The incentive being thst, since you are there, and have attended the speech, you get a discount for your patience. Such events are rather common in Spain, I don't know in other countries.

    charliedeut
    Your assessment makes sense, although I have never seen the term used as in the original post. If your interpretation is correct, I would prefer the term "promotional meetings".


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    Re: Incentive - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Your assessment makes sense, although I have never seen the term used as in the original post. If your interpretation is correct, I would prefer the term "promotional meetings".

    Hi billmcd,

    As I said in my answer, the wording in Spanish was the exact translation of "incentive meetings". This is also an awkward construction in Spanish.

    I also believe that "promotional meetings" would be clearer.

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    Re: Incentive - meaning

    Hi again,

    Out of sheer curiosity, I've just phoned to the hotel, and politely asked about the "incentives meetings".

    I've been told that those are meeting rooms for companies which want to incentivate incentivize [thank you, 5jj] their employees: the first part of the incentive is that the company invites its employees. Then incentive goes on by creating an atmosphere of camaraderie among the fellow workers, with common activities and some leisure time for co-workers to get to know each other better, etc.

    charliedeut

    PS: I guess different companies will organise different sorts of "incentive meetings". What I described is just a loose example of one, based on what the person at the other end of the line told me.
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    Re: Incentive - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Hi again,

    Out of sheer curiosity, I've just phoned to the hotel, and politely asked about the "incentives meetings".
    You've bee very helpful! Thanks! Now I will translate the rest of the text. By the way, you have amazing hotels in Spain!

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    Re: Incentive - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    You've bee very helpful! Thanks! Now I will translate the rest of the text. By the way, you have amazing hotels in Spain!
    It should be so, in a touristic country,
    to have fanciful hotels, and always keep a full pantry.
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    Re: Incentive - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    I've been told that those are meeting rooms for companies which want to incentivate their employees:
    I liked your 'incentivate'. I was going to tell you that it was a useful coining to fill a gap in the English vocabulary. However, a little search has shown me that a verb already exists - it's 'incentivize/incentivise'. I had not heard of it.

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    Re: Incentive - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I liked your 'incentivate'. I was going to tell you that it was a useful coining to fill a gap in the English vocabulary. However, a little search has shown me that a verb already exists - it's 'incentivize/incentivise'. I had not heard of it.
    Duly edited.

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    Re: Incentive - meaning

    'incentivate' does look (sound) like perfect English.

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