Operations

Corporate Board Meetings Present Opportunities for Transportation Companies

LCT Staff
Posted on December 6, 2006

BOSTON — Providing luxury transportation services for executive board meetings is going against current trends in the usage of managed travel programs for corporate travel. Meetings planners continue to rely on VIP transportation of high-profile executives for board meetings despite cost-cutting and increased scrutiny, making this a lucrative niche for chauffeured transportation companies.

According to Catherine Chaulet, vice president of events at BostonCoach, board meetings and VIP services for high-profile groups are some of the services her organization provides on a regular basis. The scope of its services includes security, flexibility, and confidentiality, as well as event consulting. BostonCoach recommends working with coordinators to seek out arriving VIPs at airport pickups, rather than using a general placard. The company has also kept vehicles on standby in cases where unscheduled VIP transportation is necessary. Chaulet said that sometimes coordination of ground transportation services with private aviation is a necessity as well. The inexperience of meeting planners in large event management can pose opportunities for ground transportation companies to intervene to ensure success.

“One of the constants with these VIP groups is that there are multiple changes, so there is ongoing communication between the meeting planner or the executive assistant in charge of that group, and us in terms of the arrival times and the different locations they’re going,” says Chaulet.

Source: Business Travel News

LCT Staff LCT Staff
Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Article

How To Get Clients To See Value In Your Rates

NOV. LCT: We fear our own prices when comparing ourselves to TNCs, but we don’t compete with them any more than Marriott does with a Motel 6. Learn how to justify your rates without guilt.

News

2018's Luxury Travel Trends

Among the highlights for next year is a focus on far-flung destinations along with international trips of two weeks or more.

Article

The Art Of Sales

NOV. LCT: In the battle to obtain new clients and retain loyal ones, only those who know the best ways to reach, connect with, and educate them will survive.

Article

How To Handle Conflicts Of Interest

NOV. LCT: Forming relationships with your customers is a vital part of retaining them. But how do you ensure you and your employees never cross the line of professionalism?