It’s not unusual for a corporation to schedule a business meeting at a golf resort, ostensibly as a perk but also to get away from office phones and distractions. Having that same meeting aboard a yacht is, in the words of one client, “really special.”
A second use was when a businessman gathered his top suppliers and their spouses for a week of water toys and gourmet cuisine and, though intended as a one-time change from resorts and cruise ships, it proved so immensely productive that it has become a yearly event.
A yacht charter is also a good way to put the principals of several companies that do business together into a relaxed atmosphere. As one CEO notes, “Sometimes all you need is fifteen quality minutes with another person to dramatically change the future of your business, and a yacht is perfect for that.”
Charter yachts have been used for product introductions as well as for contract negotiations, because they provide the same quality so appealing to celebrities trying to avoid paparazzi: Privacy. Few destinations can compare with a charter yacht when it comes to isolation.
But there are some caveats to choosing a charter yacht for corporate use. First, when discussing your needs with the charter broker, you need to clearly articulate what your business goal is, such as improving relations with suppliers; a product launch, networking, or providing a reward for employees. Second, you need to have a realistic budget.
Accommodations are an important consideration, because you need to be able to handle as many guests as planned. But you also want to offer reasonably equal quality in the staterooms so no one feels slighted, either. In some cases, because many charter yachts are limited to no more than 12 guests, a corporate event may include several yachts, which not only permits more guests with equal quarters, but allows for additional activities. When a group of yachts on a corporate charter gather in a harbour, the guests can visit one yacht for a special event or party, and separate yachts lend themselves to team-building with competitions between the yachts such as beach volleyball.
The crew is another important factor, and the crew should have corporate charter experience so they understand the distinctions between these and private charters. The differences include strict budget limitations, a larger number of guests, the requirements of corporate branding, and knowing how to deal with off-site caterers, musicians, decorators and even bodyguards.
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