Q&A from October 17th Coffee Break featuring Ask Me Wedding Destinations

by mailpound 10/21/2008 3:08:00 AM

 Hi everyone!

Thank you for everyone that attended our coffee break last Friday featuring Ask Me Wedding Destinations.    We had such a great turn out and Marilyn gave an awesome presentation.  We received an overwhelming amount of questions and thought we would post the 10 most popular and provide you with the answers.  If you have any additional questions please leave them in the comment section.

Thank you and hope you all have a great day!

~Sheona

Q: What is the total cost of becoming an "Ask Me" Agent and, do I have to be part of the Ask Me Agent program in order to work with Ask Me?
A:
The cost to become an Ask Me Agent is $99 per month, for the first 6 months and $149 per month, for the remaining 6 months (1 year contract). To work with Ask Me, agents DO NOT have to be part of the Ask Me Agent program – we look forward to working with ALL bonafide travel professionals wanting to become pro-active and grow their business within the $10 Billion destination wedding & honeymoon market.

Q: What are the benefits of being registered with Ask Me?
A:
Agents that are registered with us will receive information on our latest company updates, promotions and co-op opportunities, allowing them the opportunity to jumpstart their business within this lucrative and recession proof niche.

Q: How do we register if we do not want to join the program?
A: Simply fill-out and fax the ‘pro-active plan’ which can be found on the Travel Professionals page of our website (http://www.askmeaboutdestinationweddings.com/travelproffessionals.html)

Q: How does your service differ from using a wedding coordinator directly thru the hotel?
A:
We save the travel professional time & money – no need to call the resort yourself and wait for a response, while incurring the expense of long distance phone calls; thus allowing you the time to focus on closing more sales. Our call center is US based and bi-lingual and because we have a concrete partnership with the hotels we represent, we have in-depth information on their services. If by chance we don’t have the answer to a question, we know exactly who to call to get what you need. More importantly, we pay travel professionals a commission – land packages start at 13% and wedding packages start at 10%.

Q: I have seen other Ask Me agents in bridal shows in my area. How would that work if I wanted to become involved in Ask Me?
A: If we already have an Ask Me Agent in your area, then any new agencies wishing to join the program would have to wait until the current agency’s contract is up for renewal. However, there are still many options available to work with Ask Me – all you have to do is ‘ask me’ for details – 877-44-ASK ME.

Q: Can we purchase Ask Me marketing tools if we are not in your program?
A:
Absolutely! All bonafide travel professionals can purchase any of our marketing tools – bridal show kit, polos, car magnets, etc. And the order form can be found on the Travel Professionals page of our website (http://www.askmeaboutdestinationweddings.com/travelproffessionals.html)

Q: What requirements does a travel agent need to work with Ask Me?
A:
Must have an IATAN, CLIA or TRUE card.

Q: Where do you find a list of upcoming bridal shows?
A: Our best advice would be to conduct a search on Google or Yahoo for ‘bridal shows’. There are several sites available for browsing.

Q: Are any of the destinations all-inclusive?
A: Yes, many of our hotel partners offer all-inclusive packages.

Q: How long has Ask Me been around?
A:
We are currently celebrating our second year in business. 

  Click here to view this seminar.

 

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‘Are you smarter than a Religious Travel Intern?’

by mailpound 9/4/2008 7:42:00 AM

Want to tap into the $18 billion Faith Tourism Industry?  Kevin J. Wright, president of the World Religious Travel Association can help get you started!  If you missed last week’s Coffee Break, it is now available on demand.  Kevin’s informative presentation provided agents with an overview of the rapidly growing industry, including tips on expanding your presence in the marketplace.  

You can also catch Kevin at The Trade Show this weekend in Orlando, FL.  His seminar, The New Era of Faith Tourism: How Agencies Can Capitalize on This Robust $18 Billion Market, should prove to be not only educational and informative, but entertaining, as well.  Click here to read more about his seminar and see if you are ‘Smarter than a Religious Travel Intern’!

 

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