(Boston, MA – February 12, 2018) Romance Travel Forum, a B2B event designed for established top-performing romance travel specialists, has announced the election of four of its five Advisory Board members for its 2018 program. The event, which will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Mexico from May 7 – 11, is the industry’s leading event for romance travel experts, with an emphasis on destination weddings, honeymoons and other romantic milestones celebrated with travel.
“The 2018 Advisory Board collectively and individually represent the highest level of commitment to professionalism, knowledge and passion. What better way to celebrate our five-year anniversary, than with the support of such a dynamic group, all generous with their time and expertise, all ready to help cultivate what this year’s event will offer. To say we are excited, is an understatement.”, said Jennifer Fernandez, Vice President, Events & Content, Specialty Travel Forums
The Advisory Board will work cohesively with the Event Management team in building a 360-degree event, sharing input to develop content, event happenings, engaging elements and more. The 2018 Romance Travel Forum Advisory Board will include:
Angee Shields, Owner, Vacations with Flair
Angee Shields is crazy passionate about planning travel! As an award winning certified Destination Weddings and Honeymoon planner, she started Vacations with Flair in 2007. Even though she had no experience in the travel industry, she had worked with bridal couples for years at a boutique wedding dress shop in downtown Chicago. This early training set her up well for success, as she is now considered one of the top Destination Wedding travel planners in the US. Angee has the designation of being a repeat Classic Vacations Star Performer, a Karisma Diamond Level Agent, and a Hard Rock Platinum agent, and has been recognized in local and national print publications. Recently, Vacation Agent Magazine listed her a “Destination Wedding Specialist to know”. In 2017 she partnered with the award-winning Travel Tom to create a powerhouse of excellence in delivering travel experiences for their clients and knowledge for romance travel.
Denise Canon, President and Owner, Travel Concepts, Inc.
Denise is the President and Owner of Travel Concepts, Inc., and has spent over 30 years in the travel industry. She leads and oversees the full-service travel consulting and management firm.
INSPIRATION: Travel has played in integral part in Denise’s life. Her wanderlust since high school paved her career path and is reflected in the jobs she has had. She was a flight attendant and worked in radio station marketing, which included designing and planning individual and group travel programs.
ROMANCE: Passion of travel and numerous business trips to the islands of Hawaii eventually led her to meeting the man of her dreams in 1988, when the romantic journey began with their marriage.
PASSION: It’s the one emotion that that is synonymous with travel. Denise LOVES sharing a client’s dreams and ultimately crafting a unique journey, sprinkled with the many magical experiences a client will anticipate with her direction.
INNOVATIVE: Designing countless vacation experiences inspired Denise to invent the word ‘Celebra-cation™’ ~ celebrating a vacation; it’s the one word that says it all!
EXPERIENCE: Her extensive travels during her career have also developed many relationships and partnerships with destinations and suppliers, translating into an extension of the high levels of customer care benefiting the clients of Travel Concepts. Every day provides the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Time away from business is spent with her husband, 3 adult children, and family; passionate interests include daily exercise, love a great book, gardening, any opportunity to experience the ‘sand & sea’ and she is a wine enthusiast!
Neal Miller, Owner, Neal Miller Travel Company
Neal Miller, owner of Neal Miller Travel Company in Atlanta, Georgia has enjoyed working in the travel industry for over 20 years. He is a Certified Travel Counselor and Master Destination Specialist, specializing customized Honeymoons, Anniversary and special celebratory vacation packages in Hawai’i, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Sarah E Kline, President of Time For Travel, Ltd.
After attending the Boyd School for Travel and Tourism opened a storefront agency in 1996 at the age of 20. Mom of 3 and married for over 20 years. Turned a small corporate travel agency into a full service multi- million dollar corporation specializing in Fun! Focusing on honeymoons, destination weddings and group travel. My passion for the industry has led to accomplishments such as Funjet Gold, Sandals CRC, Hard Rock WOW double platinum and Karisma GIVC Diamond 2.
A fifth and final Board Member will be elected by this year’s Board based on an application review process.
Romance Travel Forum is an exclusive boutique-sized event that will engage and host 190 top-performing travel sellers from across North America. Participating travel sellers take part in a stringent qualification process, comprising a written application, telephone interview, professional reference evaluation and more. Delegates are recognized travel sellers in the romance vacation market, with more than 75% of their business deriving from romance bookings and must meet a specific threshold in annual sales volume and year-to-year growth. Event highlights include peer-to-peer small group discussions; product and destination seminars; experiential networking and evening functions (with suppliers); on-location site inspections, activities, familiarization experiences and a Showcase floor housing 90 of the world’s most sought-after vacation providers. Travel agents and suppliers conduct mutual interest one-to-one meetings over the course of the two-day Showcase floor.
ABOUT SPECIALTY TRAVEL FORUMS
Romance Travel Forum is produced by Specialty Travel Forums, a division of Travel Show Marketing Group (TravelSMG), an independent event organizer who caters exclusively to the North American travel agent community. The Specialty Travel Forums division offers innovative programming and content to support the professional growth of travel agents eager to cultivate their business and expertise through specialization. Comprised of a series of exclusive independent programs in key destinations, each is focused on individual niche markets providing in-depth training, brand certification, intimate networking, supplier relations, product knowledge and more. These exclusive programs offer limited space, allowing delegates to gain focused niche training while experiencing a full familiarization of the host destination to increase the breadth of their specialty offerings. The TravelSMG team has a proven track record in producing some of the most acclaimed leisure travel trade shows and events, working collaboratively with the industry’s leading organizations and experts, to provide top-notch education, networking and supplier engagement. For more information on TravelSMG visit www.TravelSMG.com.
Travel agents interested in learning more or wish to apply for one of the coveted Romance Travel Forum positions can apply here: https://www.romancetravelforum.com/2018-attendee-application/
Suppliers interested in learning more or exhibiting should contact Jennifer Fernandez, VP Events & Content via telephone at (718) 979-1952 or email Jennifer@SpecialtyTravelForums.com.