Destination weddings have increased a staggering 400% in the US alone in the last few years (source: Conde Nast Bridal Group American Wedding Study 2006).
Approximately 16% of all US first marriages are destination weddings, with a whopping 60% of all US second marriages being held away from hometowns. 99% of all US couples who marry take a honeymoon, with a per diem nearly twice as much as the average US outbound leisure traveler. Now Romance Travel Concierge by ASMARAS can help travel professionals sell to these special, lucrative segmentations with a portfolio of original, high-yield romance travel choices.
Exotic foreign nuptials are no longer exclusively for celebrities. This is a dynamic, highly specialized niche market not to be overlooked or underestimated by travel professionals serious about targeting these sought after, booming market segmentations.
Just in time for the peak proposal season (Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s Day) travel agents now have a specialist tour operator to help them tap into the booming romance travel market. Romance Travel Concierge also enables destinations, airlines, hotels and resorts to showcase their products and capture market share. Romance Travel Concierge offers travel and event planners one-stop product shopping, news, virtual tours, planning tools and creative solutions for clients keen to pay for the very best for life cycle events.
From the Far East to Africa, the Middle East and India, from the Caribbean to the South Pacific and Europe to North America, Romance Travel Concierge presents iconic destinations, extraordinary hotels, one-of-a-kind islands, resorts, hotels, authentically once-in-a-lifetime experiences, exclusive travel offers and romance travel planning tools for travel and wedding professionals.
Exclusive, industry ground-breaking new products from Romance Travel Concierge include the “Destination Weddings To Go” series of $10K, $20K and $30K packages. Romance Travel Concierge also have created Proposals To Go, a series of ultra-romantic travel options packed and ready to go for the upcoming proposal season. The entire To Go Series is in addition to a custom line-up of private jets, private islands, exclusive hotels, villas and resorts, ensuring all demographic segments of this specialized market are offered extraordinary experiences, in all price ranges.
Melissa Tindage, Director of Sales comments, “Our Destination Weddings To Go series include air travel for the bride and groom, accommodation for the bride, groom and six or eight guests, the wedding ceremony, a reception, flowers, photography, special amenities, even the wedding cake. All are commissionable at 10% to qualified travel and wedding professionals and represent remarkable value.”
Tindage notes “the entire To Go series is perfect for travel and wedding planners wanting to provide clients with a unique all-in one package. Destination Weddings To Go and Proposals To Go are new, highly original product lines and we expect substantial interest with robust sales.”
Romance Travel Concierge is owned and operated by ASMARAS Travel Group and provides services to travel professionals in Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Romance Travel Concierge certification workshops and romance training will be available online for travel professionals commencing February, 2007. Register to become a Romantic Partner. For more information about Romance Travel Concierge, reservations or the agent certification program, please contact [email protected] or visit www.romancetravelconcierge.com