Where did the time go? It seems I just started writing my diaries yesterday and now it is over! I have to say that it’s been a great experience writing the diaries this past year. I have learned a lot about the industry, my own business, your business and a lot about myself. Read the rest of this entry »
Sometimes it is frustrating that people do not understand that our work involves traveling and working; not traveling and vacationing. It happens all the time; and for me, just last month.
I went to the Feria De Turismo Cultural Mexico (Cultural Tourism Fair in Mexico) in October. It was a last minute decision, but I was so glad I got the opportunity to attend. It was my first visit to San Miguel and it was fantastic! Read the rest of this entry »
These past months, it seems like all I have heard about is who is going on which FAM trip.
There are so many FAM trips scheduled for late summer and into fall, which is the perfect time for many resorts to accommodate agent visits. There is no way we can do them all; so we just have to decide which ones make the most sense for your marketing efforts, business plan, and budget and roll the dice.
How do you decide which FAM you will attend? What do you do if there truly is more than one essential FAM in the same month? Do you only do the one or do you bite the bullet and do both? Can you really take the time from your business to do more than one FAM in the same month? Read the rest of this entry »
Wow! September already! Where has the time gone?
With business not as bustling as normal, I decided to spend some quality down time in Jamaica where I have a house. I never tire of it and it is truly a paradise. Roaring rivers, mountains, beautiful gardens, 100+ year-old churches, lighthouses and hidden caves to explore, old canons from an era long past; while many feel it is all sun and fun, I think it is much more. It is such a rich and diverse culture. Read the rest of this entry »
I have been talking with some new agents who were upset because they were declined for a FAM trip because of their lack of experience in the industry. There were a few who were upset that they couldn’t even have access to FAM trips because they were not affiliated with a host agency.
Why is it so hard for new agents and agents without a host to be able to go on these FAM trips? Most of them are taking specialist courses, but are you really a specialist without ever experiencing the product? Read the rest of this entry »
Trying to merge the personal and professional life is an ongoing struggle. You need to make the money for financial reasons; but at the same time there are some life changing opportunities you just can’t afford to miss.
I had to miss the Love Mexico Conference in Atlanta this year because it would have conflicted with my daughter’s prom, the last one she would be attending as a high schooler. Not that it was a hard choice to make, but I would have really liked to have been at that conference in Atlanta. Read the rest of this entry »
I know we have some true experts in the destination wedding and honeymoon markets, and I have been trying; but I still have some questions.
Bridal Shows–hit or miss?
On one hand, I have heard that doing bridal shows is simply not worth it. The reasoning is that most of these brides only go to the shows for the freebies. I can believe that, after my last show in March. I kept hearing “what are you giving away for free?” or “what raffles do you have?” And to a degree, I expected that from the brides Read the rest of this entry »
Is this year flying by fast or what!!
So much to do, so little time. I have a huge bridal show coming up at the end of the month, so the last month has been spent trying to decide the theme and getting all the collateral and displays I need to work the show. I am very excited about this show as I am mostly going to showcase my agency–in the past, it was supplier focused. I look forward to a great turn out and more clients for the 2014 wedding/honeymoon season. Read the rest of this entry »
Hi everyone! I am Jenna Kameka with Outstanding Destinations from Florida. This is a very exciting, and at the same time, nerve racking opportunity for me.
I have been doing weddings and planning vacations for years (without pay) for families and friends, so I decided it was time to get paid for it. I registered my business with the State and started to watch webinars; attended trade shows and bridal shows; did specialist courses, spoke with numerous professionals already in the business for years, and most importantly FAMS. I think I learned the most from the FAM trips. I was able to not only see what the resorts look like but also how the staffs interact with the guests. Read the rest of this entry »