Start Date:2/23/2021

Start Time:1:00 PM EST

Duration:160 minutes


DAY AGENDA

The coronavirus pandemic delayed or flat out cancelled thousands upon thousands of weddings and honeymoons in 2020, but with the promise of widespread vaccine distribution in the near future 2021 is looking up for engaged or recently married couples. Pivoting Back to Travel: Phase 5 - The Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Edition - will feature updates from top suppliers to help you in booking weddings & honeymoons for your clients in 2021.

1:00-1:10pm ET
| Introduction & Overview on the Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Market for 2021 and Beyond from Ruthanne Terrero, Vice President, Questex Travel & Meetings

Ruthanne Terrero, Vice President of Questex Travel & Meetings will present an overview of the market for 2021 and beyond plus, an interview with Jim Augerinos, owner of Perfect Honeymoons (aka, Mr Honeymoon) on the current landscape for destination weddings and honeymoons.

1:15 ET |  PLAYA Hotels & Resorts: Your Romance Destination
 
LOVE is NOT cancelled at PLAYA Hotels & Resorts. Take a look into the amazing properties and venues provided at PLAYA that offer a unique and romantic experience for your clients. Through PLAYA's unrivaled service, stunning beachfront locations, spectacular accommodations & suites, we set ourselves apart from the competition. Romance is alive and well at PLAYA Hotels & Resorts.

Presented by Randolph TenEyck, Business Development Manager, PLAYA Hotels & Resorts

Sponsored by:

 


1:40pm ET | Help Your Clients Plan Their Dream Tropical Wedding and Honeymoon in The Florida Keys

As one of America's top wedding destinations, The Florida Keys & Key West are the perfect romantic location for your client's special day. Let them know that couples can find settings as unique as their love story with elegant resorts, charming inns, lush tropical gardens, or oceanfront beaches at sunset that are safe, along with private, exciting daily activities such as a private fishing charter or scuba diving trip. Our year round warm weather, oceanfront venues and exciting activities provide endless opportunities for your client's wedding party to enjoy as well. With nonstop flight from Miami, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Newark, Washington DC, and Philadelphia, getting to The Florida Keys & Key West is easier than ever before with no travel restrictions.

Presented by Sabine Chilton, International Sales, The Florida Keys & Key West

Sponsored by:




2:00pm ET | Sandals & Beaches Resorts Customizable Weddings

Sandals & Beaches Resorts Customizable Weddings give couples everything they need to create a celebration that is unique to them. Smaller wedding styles are currently on the rise and planning an intimate Sandals or Beaches Customizable Wedding could be the perfect solution to let the vows go on. As the leaders in romance travel and destination weddings, Sandals & Beaches Resorts is offering a series of options to help couples dream up their perfect wedding celebration.

Presented by Wendy White, Weddings Training Manager, Sandals Resorts & Beaches Resorts

 Sponsored by:

 


2:20pm ET
| Discover The Palm Beaches for Your Client's Destination Wedding and Honeymoon

Discover The Palm Beaches also known to locals and those in-the-known as 'The Palm Beaches' is the official tourism marketing agency for Palm Beach County, Florida. With 39 cities and municipalities and 47 miles of coastline bordered by Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades, The Palm Beaches quickly became home to America's First Resort Destination and is the perfect place for your clients to host their destination wedding and honeymoon! Starting in the early 1900s the hospitality industry flourished and today it is home to over 25+ entertainment districts, 220+ properties, 75 cultural and historical districts, 160+ golf courses, dining & nightlife along with standalone venues and districts to host and entertain for whatever occasion. Whether you're here for a week or an afternoon, The Palm Beaches are a playground for every traveler, budget and interest.

Presented by Erick Garnica, Senior Director Leisure Sales and Eva Damato, Leisure Sales Manager, Discover The Palm Beaches

 Sponsored by:

 


2:35pm ET | Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Roundtable with 30Under30 Advisors, Class of 2020

Moderated by Ruthanne Terrero, Vice President, Questex Travel & Meetings

3:10pm ET
| Live Q&A Panel Discussion with Presenters

Moderated by Matt Turner, Editor, Questex Travel & Meetings

Panelists:
Allison Farrell, Brand Marketing Manager, Playa Hotels & Resorts
Erick Garnica, Senior Director Leisure Sales,  The Palm Beaches
Eva Damato, Leisure Sales Manager, The Palm Beaches
Sabine Chilton, International Sales, The Florida Keys & Key West
Vanessa Lerouge, Manager, Weddings & Celebrations, Sandals Resorts & Beaches Resorts



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Speakers

Ruthanne Terrero

Vice President

Questex Travel & Meetings

Ruthanne Terrero is the Vice President/Editorial Director of the Questex Hospitality + Travel Group, which includes Luxury Travel Advisor, Travel Agent magazine, Travel Agent University, Travel Agent Central and MeetingsReview.com. Terrero is the founder of Travel Agent magazine’s annual 30Under30 program, developed 2008 to welcome a new and more diverse generation of professionals to join the travel industry. Terrero is also the founding Editorial Director of Luxury Travel Advisor magazine, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020.

Randolph Teneyck

Business Development Manager, Mid-Atlantic

PLAYA Hotel & Resorts

Hello! My name is Randolph TenEyck. I am the Business Development Manager for the states of PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, TN, LA, and TX. I have been in the Travel Industry for 15 years, starting my career in the industry as a reservations agent for a Tour Operator. I had progressed my career and became an Inside Sales representative before parting with the Tour Operator and taking on an outside sales role here at PLAYA Hotels & Resorts as Business Development Manager. With PLAYA’s un-rivaled service provided at all of our resorts, we really set ourselves apart from the competition in that aspect as well as many more. I could not be happier or prouder to work for such an amazing company such as PLAYA!

Allison Farrell

Brand Marketing Manager

PLAYA Hotel & Resorts

Allison has worked in the Travel industry for over 20 years, with experience in all facets of the market. Currently, she works closely with top producers in the Northeast Territory. Her focus is to build relationships and educate her Accounts on all-inclusive market for the Hilton brand, while maximizing revenue generation in a highly competitive market. When she is not selling or helping her accounts, Allison enjoys time traveling and spending time with her husband and 3 children.

Sabine Chilton

International Sales

The Florida Keys & Key West

Born and raised in Paris, France, Sabine moved to the USA where she lived and worked in New York and Cape Cod before settling in the Florida Keys and getting involved in the local hospitality community 27 years ago. Sabine has been working for the Tourism Office for 21 years and has a very close relationship with hotels and attractions partners. An avid outdoor adventure enthusiast, Sabine has extensive personal knowledge of the variety of attractions and activities available to our visitors as she enjoys them weekly.

Wendy White

Weddings Training Manager

Sandals Resorts & Beaches Resorts

Wendy has spent the majority of her career working for Sandals & Beaches Resorts and is very well versed on the product, sales, marketing and training. The past several years she has focused her efforts on growing Sandals Customizable Weddings Business. As the Weddings Training Manager her primary goal is to motivate, inspire and train travel industry professionals as well as Sandals own sales team, and call center staff. Her emphasis is placed on product knowledge, how to increase sales, customer service and marketing the various programs & promotions. Wendy’s training programs are delivered through webinars, small group seminars and workshops to larger audiences. She also makes herself available to Travel Advisors for coaching & brainstorming, which are currently conducted one to one via zoom or skype. Wendy has been described as a passionate, high energy presenter and is energetic and enthusiastic in both her professional and personal life. Her greatest joy is watching those she has been able to impact succeed.

Vanessa Lerouge

Manager, Weddings & Celebrations

Sandals Resorts & Beaches Resorts

Vanessa, a lover of “all things” weddings, began her career with Unique Vacations Inc in 2006, and has been exclusively focused on Weddings and Celebrations for the past 10 years. In her role as the Marketing Manager Vanessa is able to develop new initiatives for the brands’ romance products and she is always looking for new ways to create more value for the Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts customer. From Free Tropical Weddings and ReTie the Knot® Celebrations, to Anniversary Promotions and even an Engagement Proposal Concierge, Sandals and Beaches makes it easy to have an awe-inspiring celebration.

Erick Garnica

Senior Director Leisure Sales 

The Palm Beaches

Erick Garnica Sr. Director of Leisure Sales International & Domestic Markets for Discover The Palm Beaches joined the team three years ago. After moving to Florida from Mexico City Garnica started his career in hospitality which led him to tourism sales. Erick held previous positions at the Ft Myers Sanibel and Greater Fort Lauderdale CVBs’ as a Sr. Manager and Director of International Sales. With a long tenure in the international tourism industry Erick has been a go-to for partners and clients. While working with international receptive operators, tour operators and top producing agencies he is continuously bringing The Palm Beaches to those with a taste for the destination. Erick favors The Palm Beaches historic and sophisticated style of the destination that was established in the late 1800’s. With an array of culture and art throughout the destination those who enjoy the classics can feel at home when visiting.

Eva Damato

Leisure Sales Manager

The Palm Beaches

Eva Damato Leisure Sales Manager joined the team in 2018 after previously working at The Breakers Palm Beach where she was introduced to the hospitality and tourism industry early in her career. After moving from New York to The Palm Beaches to attend college she continued to stay in the destination. Fast forward twelve years she still enjoys calling The Palm Beaches home. With a focus on domestic travel agencies and operators she enjoys sharing the passion for the destination with those who seek to learn more about it. Eva enjoys the endless turquoise water and sunshine The Palm Beaches offers and finds it hard not to dive in any chance she gets. Enjoying the beauty in the nature that surrounds her, The Palm Beaches make it easy to stay.

Matt Turner

Associate Editor, Luxury Travel Advisor

Questex LLC

Matt Turner is the Associate Editor of Luxury Travel Advisor and the Caribbean Editor for both Luxury Travel Advisor and Travel Agent. He is a graduate of Binghamton University, where he majored in English, General Literature and Rhetoric. Previously, Matt has written for Rantsports.com, Scout.com, Baseball Player Magazine and his school newspaper, Pipe Dream. He has covered high school, college, and minor league baseball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, hockey and lacrosse. He has also spent two years bartending prior to his position with Luxury Travel Advisor.