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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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The VIP Business Lounge We Have Been Waiting For Is In Cancun and I Love It

Hola Amigos! 

As a Frequent Flyer, I know you will understand my excitement. See, as Travel Agents we love recommending Club MoBay to our clients (traveling to Jamaica). We firmly believe it enhances the travel experience, at the end, who the heck loves waiting on tiny airport chairs and paying overpriced fast food meals and cervezas, right? (especially after leaving an All-Inclusive resort!).

Well, I am here to share my excitement with you! So here is the deal, Cancun already had a couple of VIP Business Lounges but none in terminal 4 which is where I am flying out of today, on Southwest Airlines. Well, the wait is over.

I decided to walk around as I wait for my time to board which is two hours away, with the rest of the "mortals" (It's a Joke) when I suddenly read my favorite words at the airport (After "On Time" flights that is)... VIP/BUSINESS LOUNGE!

 

I followed every little sign and rushed to my version of Heaven at any airport: Free Wifi, Comfortable...

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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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How to Build Meaningful Relationships with Your Business Development Managers (Part 1)

 Hola!

I want to start this post by thanking ALL of the amazing Travel Agents that joined the Successful TAs Tribe (Our Free Facebook Group for Legit and mad COOL TAs) recently. I enjoy building my community and our profession so very much, but it would not be possible without your participation and the huge level of engagement. Thank you for helping me make STAT the "go-to" community for real Travel Entrepreneurs that are not afraid to have fun, laugh and challenge the status quo while keeping it professional and enriching for everyone. You are the real MVPs.

Yesterday, I posted a picture inside of the group with my AIC Hotels BDM. The purpose was both to brag about the top-notch support I receive from Dan but also to encourage the members to find 2-3 Business Development Managers and build a strong relationship with. This post sparked many praises for some BDMs as well as questions from those trying to get in the field and connect with these industry players....

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#TBT Series: Benefits of Having a Professional Travel Agent as a Preferred Vendor

Hola Amigos!

Over the years I've been a devoted advocate for the Travel Industry and as such, I have contributed to many articles, magazine publications and podcast interviews both to educate the consumer and other industries about the value of working with a caring Travel Professional like you and I. I am also very passionate about mentoring and helping other Travel Agents to follow their dreams and build a successful business they love. 

Well, in the age of Facebook and Instagram these articles get pushed to the bottom of your feed rather quickly, don't they? so I've decided to create this #ThrowBackThursday Series to share with you some of these features that might benefit your journey. With that, cheers to "episode 1" of this series!

Let's dive into this contribution for The Bridal Society Blog, a Certified Wedding Planners Association that I both love and respect.

Benefits of Having a Professional Travel Agent as a Preferred Vendor

  • What is a Travel Agent...
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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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Featured Article: Ditch the Destination Wedding Hard Sell, and Be Yourself to Increase Sales

Did you catch my collaboration with Richard D'Ambrosio for the Travel Market Report this week?

"No one likes to be sold to, especially someone who is planning the most expensive and life-changing event of their life.

For travel agents to insert themselves into the destination wedding purchase decision-making process, Will Medina, founder of Destination Weddings Expert, LLC, a boutique travel agency that focuses primarily on destination weddings to Mexico and the Caribbean, advises agents to take the subtle approach.

Based in South Florida, Medina serves clients around the world, while mentoring dozens of agents around the U.S. in growing their romance travel businesses.

He recently published The Ultimate Destination Wedding Playbook, a four-part framework for travel agents who want to make more money through group travel. Travel Market Report asked Medina to expand on some of the tips he offered in his playbook.

TMR: When you say that great destination wedding...

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