Servicing the C-level
May 14, 2010
Source: Long Island Business News
By: Bernadette Starzee
Call it a budget meeting, a product launch or a communication skills training session. But don't call it an executive retreat.
But, executives still expect the venues they choose to deliver a certain caliber of luxury, service, food and privacy. Facilities must be able to meet the client's specific technical needs…
While executives may be more focused than in the past, they don't want the off-site meeting to feel like another day at the office. Bucolic settings, a chief selling point of many Long Island properties, can make business people feel like they've gotten away from it all, even if they haven't made much of a geographical trek.
"When executives are here, they dress casually and let their hair down," said Therese Coppola, director of sales and marketing at Danfords Hotel & Marina, which overlooks Port Jefferson harbor. According to Coppola, the property's water views add a relaxing backdrop for executives to "strategize and think-tank, so they will go back to their offices feeling calm and refreshed," she said.
While executives expect luxury, they're also looking for value. "They're negotiating more and looking for the best deal," Coppola said. "They're watching their expense reports."