Welcome to our annual Destination Weddings & Honeymoons issue, a travel product that seems to be growing every year and a product that seems to be immune to the vagaries of global economic woes. Quentin Carmichael, III—marketing and sales manager of DestinationWeddings.com, says his company is doing more than 1,200 weddings a year at an average cost of about $10,000 per destination, with the most popular destinations being Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, which are also—not surprisingly—the most affordable destinations in the company’s inventory, as well. Still, that’s $12 million worth of business at just one company—all of it travel related. Right here at home, we’ve selected some pretty amazing wedding venues for you—from the trendy environs of Miami and the sun and fun resort atmosphere of the Florida Keys, to a “mansion” in Savannah right out of the Old South, a beautiful inn in Santa Fe and a whole lot more in California, Hawaii, Colorado and New York. But, there are also plenty of wedding sales opportunities in destinations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Of course, you need not stop at the wedding. There’s a whole lot more commissionable dollars out there in the honeymoon marketplace and in this market, the sales don’t stop at the border. You will be absolutely amazed, as we were, at the expanding market of global honeymoon product that’s available. The editors picked what they felt are the hottest and most unique honeymoon experiences in Europe, Asia, Africa and, of course, Mexico. We’re talking exotic to the max here, with honeymoon and cultural experiences that go beyond the utmost categories—sun-kissed beach resorts in the Indian Ocean, elegant safari camps in Africa, and Balinese cultural bliss at the foot of the Himalayas. There is so much invaluable, hot-selling wedding and honeymoon product filling this issue, you won’t want to miss a word of it.
We’ve got still another major keeper for you this month—a killer travel planner, Brazil—Beyond the beaten path. It’s a compendium of truly unique destinations throughout the beautiful country of Brazil that your clients are absolutely going to love and you can utilize all this information—including sample itineraries for 8, 10, 11 and 14 days—to maximize your vacation sales to Brazil all year long.
corrections In the April issue, in the Shikoku onsite (page 68), we misspelled Tokushima (that’s with an “o” not an “a”). In the May issue in the golf feature on Bermuda (page 24), when referring to the Fairmont Southampton, we mentioned the restaurant, Whaler Inn, which, in fact, has been renamed the Ocean Club, which we also mentioned. The opening photo of the feature was captioned the Fairmont Southampton—it should have been captioned the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.
Speaking of “beyond the beaten path,” that’s pretty much where we’re going next month when we take a look at experiential travel around the world. Our editors will highlight what they feel is some of the most unique travel experiences on their global beats. In the meantime, have a great read.