“We never disclose who’s here, some companies even will fly their team in to be near the ocean while away from prying eyes,” says Anne Stevens, White Point’s Director of Sales. “They love having their own private meeting space by the ocean, without any distractions.”
White Point actually started staying open year-round 30 years ago because the business community had embraced it as an ideal meeting destination. Executives from around the world travel to White Point to meet in front of the roaring beachstone fireplaces during the day and sit around the bonfire together under the stars each evening.
“The bonfire is the original social network,” says Stevens, adding it’s an agenda item they insist upon. “People naturally put away their phones, it puts them in a more relaxed state, and it changes how they speak to and interact with each other.”
“It’s a beautiful spot right on the ocean, so you get that feeling of being ‘away,’” says McKenna. “It’s easier to get people to disconnect and turn off their devices to focus on something when they’re not just in a standard boardroom in downtown Halifax.”
Lakeside Lodge is ideal for hosting groups of 20-40 employees for a couple of nights year-round. As an event organizer, McKenna enjoys that White Point provides a package deal that includes meetings, accommodations and meals.
“You get so much more than you would at a venue where everything is à la carte,” says McKenna. “You have a package that provides you with a framework, and it makes it a lot easier to plan and budget when you know what your costs are going to be.”
“Companies are looking for experiences, not just somewhere to meet and sleep,” adds Stevens. “They want spaces that will inspire them and reignite their imaginations so their team comes away feeling rewarded and recharged.”
Often clients turn to White Point wanting to incorporate a unique experience for their team. Stevens says they have many options, including lobster-fishing, golf tournaments and exhilarating polar dips in the chilly Atlantic ocean. They’ve even tasked teams with building their own boat and paddling it across the pool in a race!
“We try to tempt them to experience something that brings them out of their comfort zone, because that’s where the magic happens, bonds are strengthened and memories are made.”
For more information contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.