The 2016 Romance Travel Forum was a great success! Here’s what travel agents are saying:
Awesome event!! Business already rolling in.
Angie Bechtold, Exclusive Group Travel
Truly a wonderful experience attending as an exhibitor and having the opportunity to host the Travel Agents at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort for one of the evening functions. It was great reconnecting with Travel Partners we do business with but it was also great connecting with new Agent not so familiar with the brand and who want to sell us.
Olivia Rodriguez, Sandals Resorts
This was my first time attending the show and I didn’t know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the agents attending. For those agents who hadn’t visited the destination in many years or never experienced it at all, they showed genuine interest in getting to know the product so that they could sell it to their clients. I’m looking forward to next year’s show!
Debbie Hutchinson, The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort
It was a great experience and I met a lot of great agents both existing and new to our company!
Alicia Rose, Vacation Express
Very well organized and great quality agents as always! The one-to-one appointments work best because you can focus on individual questions.
Martina Mairhofer, Sandos Hotels & Resorts
I love attending the Romance Travel Forum it is a well done show and a great venue to meet some of the most qualified agencies that sell Romance Travel in our industry!
Rosemary Sarkis, NEST
It was an excellent tradeshow and everyone that I met had a genuine interest in Tahiti and her Islands. Quality of the agents was very good. We are already working on requests that I have received from the connections I have made! Thank you for putting together such a great event!
Merehani Parker, Tahiti Nui Travel
This has truly been one of the most valuable trips and experiences for me so far as a travel agent. The opportunity to network with other successful agents, have one-on-one time with suppliers and hotel reps, and share best practices in a small group setting… priceless. Thank you so much for organizing and executing such a wonderful event!
Shannon McAfee, Journeys Inc.
The RTF is the best conference of its kind to learn how to grow your romance travel business by meeting and sharing with travel suppliers, travel mentors and most of all your travel peers!
Gina Jimmink, Moonstruck Vacations
This was one of the most inspiring events I have attended. The quality of other agents as well as the suppliers was excellent.
Wendy Dall, That Travel Lady
Romance Travel Forum is hands down the best conference I have attended in the travel industry. Everyone from the suppliers to the speakers and fellow agents were supportive and very knowledgeable. Thank you for this incredible opportunity!
Cassie Staiger, CS Travel Planners
It was very informative and I learned more than I expected too. It was a great event and I can NOT wait to attend the next one!
Vicki Banks, Travel Planners International
I came away with so much great info already putting it to work..This was great met a lot of new people and networking was amazing.
Susan Peavey, Susan Peavey Travel Inc
I absolutely love this event. It’s the most well organized one in the travel industry. The variety of networking and learning sessions were perfect. I can’t wait for next year!
Laurie Keith, Romantic Planet Vacations
This event is unique and fantastic. I truly appreciate an event that takes the time to select qualified agents and suppliers to attend. I feel the relationships that are built at this event are priceless to my business.
Sarah Kline, Time For Travel, Ltd
I absolutely am blown away by the little golden nuggets that I take away each time I come together with like minded travel professionals. It’s never the big presentation that is memorable, but the little things we discover during our peer to peer, down time or even en route to an event or next class. Thank you for up leveling the attendees and the experience! I can’t wait for next year!
Jennifer Maki, Divine Destinations
This was by far one of the best events I have been to. The right mix of agents of a certain caliber-the information I gained and contacts I made have left me more knowledgeable, inspired and motivated to take my romance business to the next level! Thanks!!!!
Renee Paisley, Travel Quest dba Travel Experts of La
Hit it out the park. Home Run, very organized, world-class presentations, excellent hotel and amenities. 10 out of 10!
Wayne Hylton, American Express Travel
All of the suppliers that I met with were exceptionally professional and engaged. I really appreciated the opportunity to speak with each of them and learned a great deal (even from the suppliers I did not specifically request). There are not enough words to thank you for this opportunity. I learned so much from the facilitators, panelists and my peers as well as the suppliers. The one-on-one appointments were extremely productive, the caliber of travel professionals that were part of the program was unparalleled, and I returned to my office with some incredible ideas. Thank you again and I can’t wait to be invited back next year!
Stacey Ray, Groupit Travel
I consider myself a successful experienced romance specialist and I get great satisfaction helping other agents in anyway I can. I really engaged with lots of other agents and was very happy to advise and help other agents with ideas/best practices etc.I also learned from others and met some great new connections to help in my future business. I really enjoyed RTF this year as the best event yet. It offers me great opportunities to learn about new romance brands and products, as well as making great industry relationships and partnerships. RTF is the only event of it’s kind that focuses specifically on Romance Travel and no matter if you are new to this area or well seasoned if this is your niche then I consider it to be the most valuable event of the year and should not be missed.
Sharon Little, Wedding and Honeymoon Travel Group
As a travel professional of 37 years, the Romance Travel Forum is the premier educational event. A must for anyone that truly values their time at training forums. Excellently organized with top industry vendors, the RTF is for travel professionals that expect the best. Can’t wait to attend next year!
Tammy Shamblin-Renie, Red Parrot Travel
The Romance Travel Forum was a great way to connect with suppliers, do site inspections and visit a great destination. I would high recommend it to my fellow agents.
Susan Blume, Nexion/Personal Escape Travel, Inc.
The RTF has boosted my credibility as a certified romance travel specialist. It provides me with the opportunity to meet the resort wedding and sales team members in person, giving me the edge I need in my very condensed market. The connections made at these sessions boosted my business in 2015-16 exponentially! Thank you so much for the opportunity and I hope to expand my horizons at future forums.
Shalene Dudley, The Travel Agent Next Door
I am grateful to have been invited and hosted. Your team is truly making a difference with sellers and suppliers in our industry. Those who are serious about the romance travel industry can benefit immensely from this program. It’s all about partnerships, relationships, friendships and experiences – priceless! I look forward to 2017 & beyond!
Denise Canon, Travel Concepts, Inc.
The RTF was a fun learning opportunity to meet new vendors interact with agents from all over the country gain a lot of new product knowledge has some in depth romance training share many ideas and gave me a chance to learn many new positive ways to grow my business. I learned how to brand myself and think outside the box!
Terry Strauss, Dedham Travel
As a semi “fresh” agent in the industry, the time spent at this forum was irreplaceable. It was so motivating and inspiring to be able to pick the brains of some of the best in the business, and it felt great to know that the travel agent community is so supportive of one another! I left feeling energized, better equipped, and extremely motivated to not only grow myself as an agent but also to strive towards even more greatness for every single client. THANK YOU for such an amazing opportunity!
Victoria Reisinger, The Travel Agency Inc.