Travel Advisor Testimonials
In 2017 I was invited to the Romance Travel Forum at the Paradisus Punta Cana. I really did not know what to expect, since this was a first with event with this group. I was blown away by the amount of knowledgeable tour operators and other travel professionals that were invited to this event. I met a colleague at the event, who is now my mentor and my inspiration for my travel bookings.
I also met a very special vendor to whom now I book almost 90% of my air travel through him. I am able to increase my air sales by 75% since meeting this vendor! I think the best part of the forum is the one to one meetings with the suppliers. It is a unique opportunity to have those vendors speak with you about what they are all about and it’s great to have that direct one to one contact for my clients. It was because we stayed at the Paradisus Punta Cana that I was able to book a $60K booking at this property. If I had not seen the property, I would may have not realized the incredible beauty and the wonderful food that this resort had to offer. I was inspired by the courtious service and the attention to detail that this resort had to offer, and it was through the forum that I was able to have this unique experience. I try to attend as many of these events as possible, and I encourage any serious travel agent who wants to increase their bottom line to apply to be invited to one of these agent forums that meet their specialty niche!
Jamie B. – Village Travel Of Laguna Beach
I was blown away by the experience and could not wait to get back to the office to share what I had learned with our team here at Modern Destination Weddings. Everything was executed perfectly, and I thoroughly enjoyed not only building new relationships, but strengthening existing ones as well. The knowledge I gained was invaluable and I truly look forward to future opportunities with your events. With that said, please know I would absolutely love to play more of an active role in the future via panels, advisory boards, etc. should the opportunity present itself 🙂 Thanks again for another tremendous event! You all are the BEST!
Heather K. – Modern Destination Weddings
The 4 days I was able to spend at RTF with both the amazing agents and suppliers was a rewarding experience. I left with several take away ideas that I look forward to implementing and developed new or stronger relationships with so many wonderful agents/suppliers. Thank you RTF for the experience.
Susan C. – Worldbound Travel
A wonderful opportunity to meet suppliers and better your relationships with them. The event is supplier relationship and on-site inspection focused. Your team does a great job! Hard Rock did a great job too with the on-site check in/ out at convention center and taking us to our rooms, etc.
Tracy Y. – GTS Incentive and Travel Service
Travel Show Marketing Group hosts the best travel agent forums in the business hands down. If you have not attended one of their forums you are truly doing yourself and your business a disservice.
Gina J. – Moonstruck Vacations
This was such an incredible experience for me!! It gave me the opportunity to network with suppliers and other agents-I learned so much! I made a lot of new friends and had such a fun week. Thank you for everything the team did to organize this amazing event!
Jodi S. – EverAfter Travel
The “Speed Dating” style of meeting with Suppliers really is the way to go! No mass crowd Trade Show jockeying for position for a scant second or two with the suppliers you know to make a face to face contact and the opportunity to meet new ones meant they could share with you exactly what you needed to know! 8 minutes was a perfect amount of time to learn from new suppliers and catch up and get new info from already known suppliers. I loved the open forum at the end where I was able to then meet with suppliers not on my schedule and expand my horizons! Next year (should I have the opportunity to return!), my focus will be on more suppliers I don’t know and have the ones I do know be my drop in sessions – embrace the new and unknown.
Heather K. – Destination Weddings Travel Group
This was the most organized show I have attended. The quality of the agents invited to participate also made the experience better than others. The supplier one-on-ones were great and ran like clockwork. The evening experiences were beautiful. I would highly recommend the Romance Travel Forum to any agent focused on romance travel and hope that I can participate again in the future. I spent the weekend organizing my notes from the peer-to-peer sessions and now I’m starting to implement those ideas. RTF gave me a boost of energy and lots of great new ideas. Thank you!
Kathryn P. – KP Travel Group
TravelSMG really goes above and beyond for these events. Anyone looking to sell or get into the Romance market should definitely attend RTF because the supplier meetings and the agent engagement sessions are unparalleled marketing opportunities!
Stephen G. – Goulds Travel
I went to the Romance Travel Forum because of a recommendation from a friend. Never in a million years did I think I would come home feeling so empowered and such warmth from all in attendance. The Romance Travel Forum is a true gem in the industry.
Mary Ann S. – Destination Weddings.com
RTF was fantastic. I am contacting suppliers today based on my connections. I really appreciate all your hard work.
Karen L. – Trip and Sip Travel
I had always seen information on the Romance Travel Forum and never took the time to apply until this year and I regret not doing it earlier. I was able to connect with old industry friends and meet new ones. I always find sharing of ideas and best practices to be the most valuable take away. The site inspections were exactly what I needed and helped me close a couple of groups while I was on conference. Everything was well organized and communication was continuous. I am very appreciative for the opportunity and look forward to future conferences.
Vanessa M. – Unforgettable Escapes by Centre Holidays
This was my first Romance Travel Forum and all I can say is WOW!! Everything we experienced – site inspections, peer-to-peer, power breakfast/lunch, the supplier showcase – all exceeded my expectations in every way possible. Connecting with agents, sharing helpful marketing tips and feedback, meeting new suppliers and having the opportunity to see the properties that clients book the most was an amazing experience. The evening events were the highlight each day. I can’t thank the TravelSMG and each of the resorts’ staff that made this event possible.
Ashley F. – Goulds Travel
RTF 2018 blew me away! The quality networking, peer to peer sessions, and power lunch were professional & informative. I would definitely consider this the premiere Travel Agent Conference Event and can’t wait to return.
Yvette S. – Travel Tom
This is by far the best romance travel event there is in the industry! All the top suppliers, tour operators and seasoned agents are at this event. The one on one time with them is invaluable – the stuff you’ll learn here will take your business to the next level. This is the best event I have ever been to!
Megan A. – Romance and Leisure Travel
Sitting here at the Grand Velas getting ready to head home and reflecting on this AMAZING Romance Forum. This is my best conference to date. I made so many quality connections with Suppliers and networked with old and new friends and I’m heading home with an abundance of great new ideas and knowledge to continue to grow my Romance and Weddings business.
S. – Cruise Planners
Supplier Partner Testimonials
The Romance Travel Forum provided Guatemala, Heart of the Mayan World, and our partners, a unique platform to tap into an engaged audience of qualified travel sellers. Agents were enthusiastic and interested in learning about all our beautiful destination offers for their romance clientele and beyond. We are definitely participating in the 2019 edition and hope to bring along more partners since we had such a great success this year.
Paola Alvarado, International Fairs Coordinator, Guatemala, Heart of the Mayan World
I’ve had the honor of working with this group for the last 5 years and every year, it gets better! Organized, class act events with quality agents – a supplier’s dream.”
Marilyn Cairo, Director of Retail Sales, North America, Karisma Hotels & Resorts
A great conference, one of the best I have attended in terms of the quality of agents.
Graham Hawkins, Global Trade Relations Manager, Blue Waters Resort & Spa
Great show… my fourth year as a supplier hotel participating and we will be back next year again. Top wedding agents for us to interact with, incredible night time shows and educational events make this show a must to attend.
Theresa Calcos, Sales Manager Leisure Groups & Weddings, Oasis Hotels & Resorts
A great execution of a fun-filled, business and professional event.
Lorine St. Jules, Hotel Chocolat
Thank you for the wonderful Romance Travel Forum and your great partnership with us. We already have a booking for a villa!
Lynette Harrigan, Niche Marketing Manager, British Virgin Islands
BellaVista Tours has had tremendous success with Romance Travel Forums. Our ROI has been the highest I have experienced in my 25 years in he industry. As a simple example, I do not wait to return home to get bookings we are making bookings during each and every Forum, with gross sales increasing each time. In my opinion, there are no other shows that will give you the ROI we’re receiving, and we allot our limited budget to this program because it is an extremely savvy business investment. I highly recommend this event!
Darya Camacci, V.P. of Sales & Marketing, BellaVista Tours