We understand the importance of professional growth, and the role education plays in helping delegates expand their horizon. At the Romance Travel Forum, education is approached in many ways.
The chance to be in gorgeous Riviera Maya, Mexico for 2018, allows travel sellers to immerse themselves on the many opportunities this diverse destination offers. Our One-to-One Showcase, provides an atmosphere where agents can cultivate important supplier relationships while building product knowledge.
With feedback from participating travel sellers, along with the guidance of our trusted Advisory Board, the Romance Travel Forum will craft a custom conference program. Delegates can take full advantage of our Certified Romance Sessions, providing a balance of instruction and open Forum, with a strong emphasis on peer-to-peer exchanges. Who better to discuss your every day wins (and fails), than with a like-minded peer?
Here is a look back at our 2017 Romance Travel Forum Certified Romance line-up, with details on the 2018 offerings to be announced shortly:
Fail to plan, plan to fail. While your business may be your passion, it’s also your livelihood, so it’s important to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve. Let’s strategize by identifying what our goals are, how to implement a structured plan and your role in achieving success (hint: accountability).
Continued discussion will segue into tying your brand into your business plan along with the critical discussion of lead generation for consistent results for growth.
Destination wedding groups can be financially rewarding, but if not handled properly from the beginning, they can potentially drain you and your agency. What’s more, as your clients liaison to the venue/supplier partner, groups can be multi-faceted and complex. You are not alone though! Let’s put your group management skills to the test. We will discuss the highs and lows of managing groups along with tips on how to effectively negotiate fair group contracts that will keep everyone happy.
A crowd favorite – the back office! With the demands of running your business on a daily basis competing with your ability to grow your business, serve your clients and make time for yourself, we’ll be discussing ways to better manage tasks, tools and technology to better manage your office and your overall client needs.
(Travel Agents and Suppliers)
Jennifer Fernandez, VP Events & Content
Paradisus Palma Real Team
The Power of Partnership
Moderated by Tom Varghese, Chancellor of Travel, Travel Tom
Panel participants to be announced
Your Social Media Presence: How to Build Your Romance Brand by Maximizing Your Social Media Influence
Presented by Samantha Murdock, Owner, Jus Adventures Travel Services. As a romance travel specialist, one of the most effective ways to find new clients and to grow your destination wedding and honeymoon business is through the use of social media. While this is the case, many travel agents are still not using social media, and if they are, they aren’t using it effectively. Move beyond your word of mouth referrals or expensive paid campaigns and maximize your social media influence. This information-packed session will offer practical advice and real world examples of social media campaigns done right along with those that miss the mark. We’ll look at ways to generate leads on today’s leading platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, twitter and Snapchat. You’ll walk away ready to craft your own successful social media campaign!
(Travel Agents Only)
Presented by Stephanie Rest, Founder Caribbean Wellness & Education.
Join us for an insightful look into lucrative Spa and Wellness market, an untapped resource for your romance clients and beyond. This session will offer a glimpse at:• An overview of resort types and destinations catering to clientele
• Commissionable aspects to explore when booking romance clients, groups and individual travelers
• Qualifying ideal candidates and the various categories of travelers that book wellness & spa experiences
• How to position your agency for growth by tapping into Spa and Wellness services
Certified Romance Product and Destination Sessions
Learning is earning, and our Certified Romance Product and Destination Session sponsors are committed to your business. Learn the latest about your clients most requested brands and destinations!
Tuesday, June 20
Spreading the Love with AMResorts
Get a sneak peek at what is new and exciting with AMResorts! From new resorts to specialty packages to our all new agent education program, you’ll gain “first look” at the AMResorts horizon and learn valuable insights to help you close leads and enhance your romance business.
11:45 am – 12:30 pm (Travel Agents Group B)
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm (Travel Agents Group A)
Wednesday, June 21
Paradisus Palma Real Punta Cana Certified Romance Breakfast Session
7:30 am – 8:30 am (Travel Agents Group A & B)
The Hawaiian Islands Presents Certified Romance Destination Session
8:45 am – 9:45 am (Travel Agents Group A & B)
Palace Resorts Certified Romance Product Session
11:45 am – 12:30 pm (Travel Agents Group A)
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm (Travel Agents Group B)
Thursday, June 22
Paradisus Punta Cana Certified Romance Product Session
10:00 am – 12:30 pm (Travel Agents Group A & B)
This session will include a visit to the Paradisus Punta Cana along with brunch presentation and site inspection