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Playbook Retreat: Day 3 — Luxury up close (Part 4)

Our final day together brought more beauty, as we toured the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun with the most stunning blue water in the hotel zone. 

The HRHC and Group Gama delighted us at every turn with options to offer our future couples.

Make your own Mimosa bar, anyone? 

Also, we toured the contemporary, clean, understated luxury of Unico 2087 Resort in Riviera Maya and got to experience a variety of wedding ceremony setups.    

Beach Ceremony

Photos by Gabriel Rosario Photography.

At last, after three very full days, it was time to wrap up and (literally!) sail off into the sunset.

 

 We finished our weekend together by taking in one last picture-perfect evening on the water.

 The air was soft, the ocean pristine, and the sunset seemed a perfect way to bring this incredible experience to a close.

 

It’s tough to convey everything we did — there was both so much fun and so much learning packed into three...

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Playbook Retreat: Day 2 — The Wedding Day! And also: punch your fear in the face (a hands-on DW training like no other) (Part 3)

Day 2 was ALL about Taking Care of Business — we spent the morning diving deep into the questions, practicalities, and challenges of being an entrepreneur.

Representatives from Hard Rock’s Wedding department shared their expertise with agents on things like social media marketing, planning, organization, communication, and collaboration with resorts. It really was invaluable to have these industry insiders right there, available for guidance and encouragement. They also received an entertaining but invaluable video marketing training from Noe Garcia, a Video Content Master.

Agents got a chance to say what was really on their minds as they are taking the leap and making a HUGE commitment to their futures. It’s thrilling — and it can be straight-up terrifying, too. So we did something that you probably won’t see at any other convention: we named our fears out loud and dealt with them. See those little scraps of paper on the floor? That’s all...

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Playbook Retreat: Day 1 — Welcome to LUXURY ( (Part 2)

From the moment they arrived at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya, I wanted my agents to feel as amazing as their clients will feel. I wanted them to feel the luxury, the pampering, the awe, that sense of wonder and adventure and possibility.

This is part of what is so FUN about planning destination weddings! As an agent, you’re making that kind of happiness possible for your clients in every detail — from transportation to the resort to the welcome party to the food to the music.

Even though the ceremony is the main event, it’s so much more than just the ceremony. You’re creating an entire experience that will translate into a lifetime of beautiful memories for the bride and groom and for everyone there.

We started things off right with an amazing happy hour, complete with delicious food and incredible views. This was a chance for people to finally meet in person, to put faces to names, and to make more meaningful connections.

Look at this food!

Part of what sets...

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No one else was doing the one thing that Destination Wedding Travel Agents really needed — so I made it happen! (Playbook Retreat Part 1)

If you know me, you know: I’m not shy — but I don’t really like to talk myself up that much.

It feels kinda like bad karma because the reality is that most of everything we do is with the help of at least one other person and usually lots of other people along the way. But something also happened recently that I just feel SO PROUD about, and I’m bursting to share the great news and gorgeous pics.

A huge part of my exhilaration is that I have been working for so long to make this happen. It was the culmination of months of planning, years of work, and a vision to really transform how destination-wedding travel experts can have professional, fulfilling, and thriving businesses.

I launched Destination Wedding University this past year. The reason I started this 15-week intensive online program was that when I looked around, I saw a need to give agents who are passionate about destination weddings a place to get thorough, organized, in-depth, inside-track...

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#TBT Series: Travel Agent Chatter Vol 9: Will Medina, Destination Weddings Expert

Hello friend, 

I am back with another #TBTSeries and this one was Super FUN and does not need much of an introduction. Why? Well, It's a Youtube video that our friends at HAR (Host Agency Review) recorded while we recorded the podcast episode of Travel Agent Chatter. 

Steph is like my spirit animal and I had a blast. We talked about Destination Weddings (of course!), Social Media Marketing and Systems! 

Check it out Here: https://youtu.be/M3LLPp4qiGg

Do you prefer the audio version? Listen to the Podcast here!

I am grateful for the opportunity to share my story and I hope it inspires you in some way. 

Enjoy!

Will~ ‍

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How to Build Meaningful Relationships with Your Business Development Managers (Part 2)

Hola!!

Part 1 of this article and the tips were so well received that we are thrilled to share Part 2! So let's continue reading the tips from our road warriors (If you have not seen the first 5 tips, read Part 1 here)

6. Catherine said: 1-LET ME KNOW WHO YOU ARE - Since I don’t always know who all the agents are in my territory, whether home-based, IC or storefront, I encourage them to send me their

  • Name, Travel Agency Name, E-Mail, Tel. #, City, State (and Address if applicable) -This allows me to include them in newsletters, emails, promos, updates and events

REGISTER FOR OUR TRAVEL AGENT REWARDS PROGRAM - at www.lacoleccionrewards.com and email me their successful registration,

  • This shows to me their professionalism and incentive to book us, through their favorite wholesaler
  • They reap amazing cash rewards and free room nights.

 ATTEND LOCALLY ORGANIZED EVENTS -When I host a local event attend when possible

  • You have attended some of them and can see...
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#TBT Series: I Do, Do You? Episode 5 of the "This Job Sucks Podcast"

Happy Thursday!

It's that time of the week again so today, as part of the $TBT Series I want to share with you the #ThisJobSucksPodcast interview I was featured on earlier this year.

It's no secret that Destination Weddings are a big passion of mine so I am humbled for the opportunity to assist my wedding couples as well as spreading the knowledge and paying it forward with my fellow travel colleagues. 

Pictured: Dan Jimenez, AIC Hotel Group BDM and Podcast Celebrity & Will Medina.

I'll keep this one short and let you dive in and listen to the Interview (Please listen to the whole episode if you can but if you are pressed for time my part starts at Minute 14:30). 

Episode 5: I Do, Do You? Part two ft. Hillary Ogle and Will Medina

Travel professionals Hillary Ogle and Will Medina chat with our host Dan Jimenez about their experience with booking destination weddings, sharing tips on the best business practices that have landed them success covering everything from...

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Destination Wedding University Meets Industry Need and Exceeds Expectations as it Celebrates Graduation of Inaugural Class

Founder & CEO Will Medina offers in-demand training on the unique organizational and business aspects of being a Destination Wedding Expert

 Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 14, 2019 – Destination weddings currently account for 25% of all weddings annually. As a segment, it continues to grow each year across demographics. Will Medina — a nationally-recognized travel agent with nearly a decade of destination wedding planning experience — knew there was an increasing demand for high-quality instruction on the nuances of creating unforgettable weddings in beautiful locations.

In addition, he knew that many travel agents want to know how to build this part of their businesses, but don’t know the practical ins and outs of this unique space. “This niche requires a specific skill set that’s very different from other types of travel planning. Agents who try to jump in without mentoring get overwhelmed really quickly.” Medina had exactly the...

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