Cary Travel Express – FAMs, surprises, and late year goals

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The holidays are quickly approaching, and our schedules are on overload. We have been receiving many requests for last minute holiday getaways, and as we know in this business, holidays and last minute don’t really go hand-in-hand.

Additionally, we have still been attending many training events to help us learn about any changes to products and tour operators. It seems like they always come in big spurts at one time! We have also been participating in bridal shows, which usually get honeymoons and destination wedding bookings as a result. It appears that brides this year are looking for unique destinations such as Napa rather than the typical all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean.

Villa requests and Australia have also been popular requests lately. If nothing else, this year has proven that this industry is really very unpredictable. Unfortunately, we are still hearing fears regarding travel to Mexico. It’s really disappointing that people are not more informed. As much as we try, it’s difficult to turn around the damage that has been caused by the media.

Referrals from happy clients have been rolling in, and that was one of my goals for the year. That is what really motivates me. I love to hear that my hard work has paid off!

Sceptre Tours had a wonderful FAM to Western Ireland that I participated in last week. I met some wonderful travel agents and we learned a lot about the destination. I am working on a new goal to be our in-house Ireland Specialist. It’s never too late in the year to start new goals.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you have a lot to be thankful for.

Mary Jo Babiarz, Senior Travel Consultant with Cary Travel Express, has been in the travel business since 2005.  Her love of travel has taken her to destinations such as Hawaii, many Caribbean islands, several Mediterranean port cities, and lots of Mexican vacation destinations. She is particularly knowledgeable about the Riviera Maya and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, but has extended knowledge in the Caribbean as well.  An avid photographer, Mary Jo is known to thrill her clients with her first hand photos. You can reach Mary Jo at  Cary Travel Express or by email atmaryjo@carytravelexpress.com.

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