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World Romance Travel Conference / Love Mexico

December 8-11, 2019
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INVEST IN YOURSELF BY JOINING US FOR THE #1 DESTINATION ROMANCE SPECIALISTS’ EVENT OF THE YEAR – YOUR BUSINESS WILL THANK YOU FOR IT!

The World Romance Travel Conference / Love Mexico is a unique, educational and networking event developed by the International Association of Destination Wedding Professionals in partnership with different tourism boards from around the world to showcase destinations, hotels & resorts and top industry vendors as prime locations and suppliers for weddings, honeymoons and romance.



WORLD ROMANCE TRAVEL CONFERENCE / LOVE MEXICO

REGISTER FOR ONLY USD$389

In 2019, the World Romance Travel Conference / Love Mexico will celebrate its 11th year as the #1 event for Travel Agents and Wedding Planners who specialize in romance travel. Offering top quality education, hours of networking opportunities and tons of fun to more than 400 industry professionals, this event is in a category all its own. Developed by the International Association of Destination Wedding Professionals (IADWP) in partnership with different tourism boards from around the world, this conference was created to showcase participating destinations, hotels & resorts and top industry vendors as prime locations and suppliers for weddings, honeymoons and romance.

The World Romance Travel Conference / Love Mexico will be held in Costa Mujeres / Cancun area from December 8-11, 2019. Enjoy the luxurious amenities of these brand hotels who will be hosts for 2019’s very special edition: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa and Atelier Playa Mujeres.


Travel Agents and Wedding Planners can register now for only $389 USD per person, and benefit from all of the following:
- All-Inclusive accommodations (**LAST 10 SPOTS WITH ALL-INCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATIONS!**)
- Round-trip airport transfers and program transportation
- Education and training sessions created to give you the edge over your competitors
- Speakers, who are experts in their fields, from international destinations
- 7+ hours of direct networking with the top service providers from international locations
- Pre-schedule your own appointments with our event vendors
- Exciting entertainment and social activities
- …and SO MUCH MORE!!

PRE & POST ACTIVITIES

Introducing for the first time "Wild Card Destinations"

PRE-CONFERENCE DESTINATIONS - DECEMBER 6-8

Wild Card Romance Destination Trip to Isla Mujeres.

Wild Card Romance Destination Trip to Tulum

POST-CONFERENCE DESTINATION - December 11-13

Wild Card Romance Destination Trip to Bacalar

JOIN OUR NEW CERTIFICATIONS AS WRTC POST ACTIVITIES - December 11-13

IADWP Maya Wedding Certification in Chichen Itza




Schedule

December 6

Arrivals and Registration for Pre Conference Programs

Wild Card Destination Experience Isla Mujeres

Wild Card Destination Experience Tulum

Masterclass: How to Close your First (or next) Destination Wedding


December 7

Pre Conference Programs

Wild Card Destination Experience Isla Mujeres

Wild Card Destination Experience Tulum

Masterclass: How to Close your First (or next) Destination Wedding


December 8

Arrivals and Registration for Main Program

Transfers from Pre Conference Activities to Costa Mujeres

First Timer Attendees Get-Together with Organizers

Welcome Dinner at Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa 



December 9

Main Program

Breakfast on your own at your Host Hotel

Transfer from your host hotel to Atelier Playa Mujeres

Ignite Your Growth with an Innovative Opening Sessiong by IADWP

The Magic of Wellness...Energizing Yourself to Achieve Personal and Professional Success! by John Ayo, The Travel Balance

Keynote Session: Are you Making Money? Supersize your Productivity by Marley Majcher, The Profit Goddess!

Keynote Session: Super Successful! 5 skills you must master to win in Today's marketplace while still enjoying your work by Karen Bussen, Entertainment Expert, Designer of Experiences and Creative Consultant in the Hospitality Sphere.

DW Friendly Drama: Face Off Between Planners and Agents by JoAnn Gregoli and Will Medina

How you succesfully market your Romance Travel Business on a Limited Budget by Jennifer Earley, Amplified Marketing Services

The future of Romance Travel Professionals: New market niches and business opportunities by Maggie Fischer, Travel Industry Marketing Association

Silent Party by Encore Event Technologies

Sustinable Destination Weddings by Mahla Pourshamsa, The Eventeur

Workshops:

Love Mexico Specialist by IADWP
Who are you? Clear Communications or Mixed Message by Teri Hurley
Majestic time!


Dine around and free time to enjoy your host hotel.

Optional: Mexican Serenate at your Host Hotel: you will experience all the good feelings of this musical romantic tradition

December 10

Main Program

Breakfast on your own at your Host Hotel

Transfer from your Host Hotel to Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa

Pre scheduled one on one appointments with Top Suppliers

Transfer from your Host Hotel to Atelier Playa Mujeres

"How to create and manage a niche business for Eastern and Central Europe in this field of luxury and how to handle the customers behavior" by Ioana Selner, Nunta Pe Plaja (session only for Exhibitors)

Site Inspection and Farewell Dinner at Atelier Playa Mujeres

December 11

Check Out and Post Activities

Check-out and airport transfers

Wild Card Destination Experience to Bacalar

IADWP Maya Weddings Certification at Chichén Itzá

IADWP International Destination Wedding Planner Certification

Site Inspections to the Sexiest Properties

December 12

Post Conference Activities

Wild Card Destination Experience to Bacalar

IADWP Maya Weddings Certification at Chichén Itzá

IADWP International Destination Wedding Planner Certification

Site Inspections to the Sexiest Properties

December 13

All Day

- Check-out and airport transfers

PRE & POST PROGRAM

**NEW** POST-CONFERENCE INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNER CERTIFICATION


$ 389.00 USD

AVAILABLE

Location: Chichen Itzá 

Includes: All-Inclusive Accommodations (ONLY for participants to the World Romance Travel Conference / Love Mexico 2019). *Accommodations are NOT included for people who register ONLY to this certification.  
-Round-trip and ground transportation from Cancun Airport to Chichen Itzá. 


Become an expert and the one and only platform to prepare the best Destination Wedding for your clients. Learn how to source all destinations, vendors and venues, coordinate all aspects of the wedding, honeymoon, and group excursions, and everything you need to know to master the art of Destination Wedding Planning.


Program includes subjects such as:
-Introduction to the Destination Weddings World and Methodology
-Strategic Planning
-Budgeting Basics
-Site and Venue Selection
-Risk Management: Safety and Security 
-Contracts and Liability
-Accommodations/ Housing
… and much more!



PRE-CONFERENCE MASTERCLASS FOR TRAVEL AGENTS - 5 STEP FRAMEWORK TO CLOSE MORE LEADS LIKE A PRO BY WILL MEDINA.


$ 399.00 USD

AVAILABLE

December 6-8th 2019

Here is what you will learn:

• My five proven steps to building your authority and earn the client’s trust so they can’t wait to hire you.
• How to sell destination weddings from anywhere in the world and beyond your local market so you can generate more income
• Exactly how to qualify your Couples so you only work with clients who you adore
• Plus, I’ll answer all your questions about Destination Weddings in our Live Q&A session

Bonus: A VIP Cocktail party for The Masterclass Attendance (Sponsored by the Destination Wedding Playbook Workshop


PRE-CONFERENCE WILD CARD DESTINATION TRIP TO TULUM


$ 229.00 USD

SOLD OUT

December 6-8th 2019

Recognized and known worldwide for its stunning beaches, laid-back vibe, and its signature Tulum charm and style, Tulum has become one of the hottest and trendiest destinations. Perfect for couples, families, solo travelers and even for girl trips, Tulum has something for everyone whether you are an adventure lover or the luxury travel type.


PRE-CONFERENCE WILD CARD DESTINATION TRIP TO ISLA MUJERES


$ 229.00 USD

SOLD OUT

December 6-8th 2019

Learn about all the romance options on powdery white sand beaches, clear turquoise Caribbean waters and under the breathtaking glow of the tropical setting sun. Characterized by its romantic and relaxed atmosphere and surrounded by nature, Mayan history and Caribbean Culture, Isla Mujeres is one of the best kept secrets of Quintana Roo.


POST-CONFERENCE TOUR: WEDDING RESORTS SITE INSPECTIONS


$ 199.00 USD

AVAILABLE

December 11-13th 2019

Experience “The Sexiest Selection Site Inspections", resorts that specialize in destination weddings for-profit and WOW Factor for your wedding business.


POST-CONFERENCE WILD CARD DESTINATION TRIP TO BACALAR


$ 229.00 USD

SOLD OUT

December 11-13th 2019

Bacalar is a small town surrounded by a lagoon by the same name. Bacalar means “the bay of the seven colors” because of the variety of shades of green to crystal clear blue waters. Its beautiful colors make a great and unique scenario for a destination wedding. Discover a place surrounded by nature, history, archaeological sites and unique attractions.

*We kindly request everyone choosing this activity to schedule your departure flight in the afternoon (After 3:00pm ET) on December 13th*


POST-CONFERENCE MAYA WEDDING CERTIFICATION IN CHICHEN ITZá


$ 199.00 USD

AVAILABLE

December 11-13th 2019

Learn about the unique and ancient traditions and learn first-hand how to create the perfect experience of a Maya Wedding ceremony.  


Faculty

IADWP

JOHN AYO

Wellness Expert

John is an Internationally recognized keynote speaker, wellness expert, sales specialist and author. He was a successful sales rep that survived in the super stressful technology sector for 19 years, then moved into sales training and meeting planning internationally for 12 years.
 
His book Travel Balance helps people stay energized and balanced while traveling. He has spoken to thousands of people in 26 countries sharing his secrets to staying sane and healthy in a crazy world.


MARLEY MAJCHER

Celebrity Event & Party Planner

Marley Majcher is the CEO of The Party Goddess!, author of But Are You Making Any Money?, a witty and lauded business guide for entrepreneurs and creator of the sales training method "Building internal business infrastructures, creating procedures, marketing materials." She may well be doing that in their wedding program, which is fine, but stress the smart business plan, instead of the fact that she's a wedding planner. From understated elegance to rock star fabulous, Majcher is known for creating the most talked about parties of the year for a client list ranging from top-tier businesses to A-list celebrities such as Pierce Brosnan and Sofia Vergara, but she is quickly establishing herself as one of the best resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Heralded as a must-read for any entrepreneur, Majcher’s book, But Are You Making Any Money?, simplifies — in a step-by-step process, the complicated aspects of running a lucrative business.

An expert Speaker who will teach you how to significantly increase your profits and efficient time management skills to help you get the most value out of every minute of the work day!

IADWP

IADWP

KAREN BUSSEN

Enternaining Expert

She has worked with international companies as a design and style consultant, and has partnered to promote a range of products, including wines, spirits, and food ingredients. She is fluent in French and conversant in Spanish.

Since 2011, Karen has partnered with Palladium Hotels and Resorts, a Spanish-based global hospitality brand, to develop and implement a wildly successful and expanding Destination Weddings program at their properties in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Karen is the brand’s exclusive designer and consultant. The project has included creating client-facing products and experiences in the Weddings and Romance spheres, along with building internal business infrastructures, creating procedures, marketing materials and sales training methods to support the complete Weddings by Palladium program.



JENN EARLEY

Founder of Amplifed Marketing Services

Jenn Earley, MBA is founder of Amplifed Marketing Services, a marketing agency focused on helping small businesses thrive. She has effectively used her 15+ years marketing experience she gained from working on start-ups to really big brands to grow her travel business, Cultured Vacations, where she booked over $600K in sales in the first 2 years while working the business part-time and working a demanding Brand Management position full-time. With this awesome sales trajectory, Jenn left her corporate marketing career to focus on entrepreneurship full-time.

Understanding there is an intersection between her business and travel knowledge, Jenn assists travel agency owners with developing marketing plans and social media strategies for their business. Jenn runs a “Marketing Strategies for Travel Agents” group on Facebook, providing insights and tips to 1100+ travel professionals.

IADWP

IADWP

TERI HURLEY

Endless Travel Event Management

With over 16 years as a travel advisor specializing in upscale adult milestone moments, Teri has repeatedly drawn on her time as a travel agent, her 25 years in the event management industry and decade with the youth Olympic development program to become a well-respected industry speaker, trainer, and mentor.

More recently, Teri founded Travel Professionals Exchange and Education (TPEE) with the goal of empowering professional travel agents through education. In 2018, she founded Holiday Helen, A NFP near and dear to her heart Named after her sassy 102-year-old Gran, collecting toiletries to benefit the forgotten elderly over the holiday season.


JOANN GREGOLI

Professional Speaking Engagements

She runs a successful Celebrity Event planning agency. Her passion for weddings began as the vacationed and found herself attending all the weddings as they were happening. Her career started as a public relations/ event planner. Handling events for major pharmaceuticals and working for the company that conceptualized and built the Liberty Science Center.

Her clients have included: Michael Gelman from Live with Kelly and Michael, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Matt Lauer, Howard Cross (NY Giant), Shaun Ohara (NY Giant), Todd Eldridge (Olympic skater), Dana and Christopher Reeves
She is the co- author of The Knots Guide to Destination Weddings, a two year project that culminated in a very successful book release and subsequent releases. She is currently working on 2 more book projects.

She was just named top 25 Influential Wedding Planners in the World.

IADWP

IADWP

MAGGIE FISCHER

Founder & CEO Travel Industry Marketing Association

Maggie Fischer is an award-winning marketing and creative executive, and the founder and CEO of the Travel Industry Marketing Association, or TIMA.

Maggie began her career in 2002 with the establishment of DCM, a creative branding firm catering to the travel and tech industries, just outside of Philadelphia. She grew the small boutique agency into a full-service marketing firm with several fortune 500 clients and garnered many local and national awards for her work.

In 2006, Maggie was hired by the Airlines Reporting Corporation, or ARC, to lead their creative services department, and over the course of 7 years grew the marketing function within ARC to a powerful marketing programs division, overseeing the company’s complete rebranding in 2010.

In 2014, Maggie took on the role of Chief Marketing Officer at CCRA shortly after they acquired OSSN and the TRUE Code and led the evolution of the TRUE accreditation to become one of the most sought-after travel agency programs in the industry, as well as CCRA’s hotel, air, and call center programs which power hundreds of the largest travel agencies around the world. She also created a powerful new set of marketing programs for CCRA’s portfolio of suppliers across all segments and culminated her time there with the creation of their national conference, PowerSolutions National, held annually at DC’s National Harbor.

Maggie has been a student of the arts her entire life, attending the Savannah College of Art & Design where she received her BFA in Graphic Design.

She resides in Orlando, Florida and when she’s not drawing or painting, loves spending time gardening or relaxing with her husband, 2 children, and 2 French bulldogs who run the household.


MAHLA POURSHAMSA

Founder and Creative Director of “The Eventeur”

A traveler, advance diver, and group travel specialist, Mahla is the Founder and Creative Director of The Eventeur, a Toronto-based company with an international presence in 19 destinations, worldwide. With extensive personal travel experience to all the hidden corners of the world, a refined sense of design and an authentic approach to business, Mahla has grown The Eventeur to a recognized and internationally published agency that strategically combines the world of travel and events.

Her passion for the industry has led to her being an authority on group travel in the romance niche of the travel industry. It is, however, the positive impact The Eventeur has had on local economies through travel and employment, as well as being a part of so many individual travel stories, that she is most proud of.

IADWP

IADWP

IOANA SELNER

CEO, Founder at Nunta pe Plaja

I am Ioana Selner and and for 6 years I have a company in Romania who is organising weddings on different beaches in the world. Many years I was journalist for radio and television. Since I started to be an entrepreneur I am developing the business, I travel the world and I am speaker at different international conferences. I am open mind and I understood that I am living in a global society, where first of all I have to develop as a human in order to be able to develop a business. I am a person who follows my dreams and I have the courage to go Big all over the world, because I know that my attitude makes the difference.
In all these years I create and manage the only agency for Eastern and Central Europe specialised in weddings on the beach. I activate in this field of luxury, planning, organising a wedding and handling with the customers behaviour, because I am working tailored-made. I create the only dress in the world (wedding dress) whole made from shells- it was handmade. I am confident, creative and during the conference you will discover how amazing I am… :)


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