CRVA announces unprecedented cost-savings promotion
Any public company’s annual board meeting or recognition event scheduled through the end of 2009 can receive complimentary meeting space from the Charlotte Convention Center to help offset organizations’ meeting costs in one of the most economically challenging years in decades.
“We recognize the call for saving costs when meeting with customers, organization members or employees and we are also acutely aware of the great overall importance to continue having meetings now and in the future.” said Tim Newman, CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. “According to leaders throughout the country, meeting personally with clients and employees makes even more sense now than ever….communicating and conversing leads to better team interaction and focus.”
The Charlotte Convention Center, operated and managed by the CRVA, will offer free meeting space to any public company that holds their annual board meeting or recognition event during the rest of 2009. The promotion is subject to terms and conditions. “This promotion is designed to offer an alternative to public companies that have either cancelled their board meetings or recognition events or are considering doing so in 2009,” adds Newman.
A recent article by John Baldoni, author of six books on leadership, including Lead By Example and 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results, articulated reasons why meetings are so important now more than ever. In the article, titled “Don’t Cancel That Meeting”, Baldoni made several good points in favor of meetings this year. “Meetings are far more than a collection of speeches or talking points. They are an opportunity for people of similar interests to come together and share their stories about how they are coping as well as what they are doing to increase business. Customers need to mingle with executives and employees and vice versa. People need to hear each other out.”
Any company interested in benefiting from this unprecedented offer should contact Jeff Hewitt, Senior Director of Sales with Visit Charlotte at (704) 331-2719 or [email protected].
According to Baldoni, “Tough times are a great time to renew trust. When customers and employees see the leadership team standing front and center and delivering the message, it demonstrates that that management cares about them and considers them essential to weathering the storm. Cancelling such meetings, except when there are no other alternatives, sends the message that employees and even vendors and customers are expendable. Folks will remember that attitude when the good times roll. So use the down time wisely and get together with your people.”
With an organization-wide vision of Southern hospitality and world-class customer service, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) seeks to ensure that the visitors and events that come to the area have a positive experience. Our responsibilities include destination marketing through Visit Charlotte and management of Charlotte’s public assembly facilities which include the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, Bojangles’ Coliseum, and Ovens Auditorium, and will include the NASCAR Hall of Fame, currently under construction. Guided by three main mission objectives, the CRVA markets by bringing visitors and events to the Charlotte region, manages by making the visitors’ experience positive and the events successful, and maximizes by marketing and managing in a way that continues to bring visitors and events back to the region.