A new association will help agents sell destination weddings and honeymoons. // © 2013 istockphoto
To help more travel agents tap into the destination weddings and honeymoons market, a new association has been formed that focuses directly on the niche. The Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA) will focus on networking, training, marketing support and supplier relations and is aimed at agents who are veteran honeymoon and destination wedding specialists as well as those who are just getting into the business.
“Many travel agents want to learn more about this enjoyable — and profitable — niche, but they don’t know where to start,” said Lisa Sheldon, owner of I Do Island Weddings in Janesville, Wis., who will serve as the association’s founding executive director. “And, agents who’ve been selling destination weddings and honeymoons for years want to network with professionals just like them. That’s why we’re starting this group.”
Charter membership information is available for agents and applications will be accepted Feb. 1 through April 30. From May 1 through Sept. 15, the association will be closed to new members to allow the staff and DWHSA’s agent advisory board members to roll out programs and prepare for its first annual conference. www.dwagents.com