honeymoons under 5000
Prospecting for new customers in a recession can be a daunting task for travel professionals say the least. Every day I come to work and reach customers and corporate accounts that are cutting costs and eliminating travel. However, when studying the past four recessions, it is clear that each travel agent is surrounded by the prospects that are recession-proof. As travel professionals, who often focus on the fact that our current customers no longer are spending at levels they had in 2007 and 2008. As a result, we fail to see the new sources of income that is at hand.
Following the funeral and shops liquor, weddings are one of the markets that will generate large number of sales in 2009. According to the latest update of the wedding report, the number of weddings in the United United Kingdom in 2009 will actually increase from 2008. In fact, more than 2,216,000 wedding will take place this year. If you enjoy spending stimulus packages, you will be pleased know that in 2009 most of the $ 56 billion U.S. dollars will be used by American couples at their weddings.
The good news for the travel industry is that a large block of commitments this year took place around Christmas and Valentine's Day. So once the clothes are chosen and the location for The ceremony and reception is decided, the bride and groom turn their attention to the details of your honeymoon. In 2009, the average couple will spend just under $ 4000.00 on their honeymoon. In fact, more than a quarter of a million couples gladly invest more than $ 7,500 on their honeymoon. Traditional travel agencies focus on the great trip happens after the wedding. However, in 2009 the couples spend more than 390 million U.S. dollars for hotel rooms only on their wedding night.
Once he took a brief sabbatical from the travel industry to serve as vice president of sales for a large national wedding photography. What I learned allowed me to return to the travel industry and more wedding business book in an average week than I used to book in an average year. My advice is to immediately begin cultivating relationships with professionals who can refer business to weddings. They can serve as key partners in the profits for years to come. A great place to start is with the jeweler, who gave the engagement ring. Then focus on building connections in wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses purchased. One of my best investments in time spent every Saturday during the months of January and February in the busiest bridal shops across the country. I agreed the owner to pay a commission on any business booked from your clients and prospects alike. I found that generally the wife, mother and maid of honor remains focused in finding just the right clothes. Often, however, the bride's father was present, but they seemed isolated from the purchase. I booked most companies, focusing on these single parents. After spending time with parents, would make the share positive information about my services with the bride and groom. In short, they became talking up fences for my company.
During the week of work focused on establishing relationships with the hotels and special places in the reception could take place. Next search for restaurants and country clubs, where the parties are traditionally reserved commitment. Do not forget to network with pastors, limousine companies and tuxedo rental shops.
Bill Todd is a high energy, humorous, motivational speaker and sales trainer with over a quarter century of front line sales, marketing, customer service and advertising experience. He is the co-author with Stephen Covey of Speaking of Success. Todd is a proud member of the National Speakers Association and was listed in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who in Professional Speaking.
Prior to launching his speaking and training career, Todd served as vice president of sales and marketing for Marriott International’s Corporate Lodging Division. Bill Todd also served as vice president, sales and industry marketing for 5000 + franchisees of Choice International. Todd’s advice and insight on marketing, sales and customer service has frequently been featured on United Airlines’ In-flight Business Channel and Selling Power Magazine. To contact the author: email- BTodd@BTodd.com or call -301-633-5856. Or visit his website http://www.BTodd.com