(Boston, MA – February 7, 2019) Romance Travel Forum, a B2B event designed for established top-performing romance travel specialists, has announced the election of its five Advisory Board members for the 2019 program. The event, which will be held at the Hard Rock Vallarta, Mexico from May 5 – 9, is the industry’s leading event for romance travel experts, with an emphasis on destination weddings, honeymoons and other romantic milestones celebrated with travel.

“The romance vacation market offers a plethora of business opportunities along with many unique challenges which specialists face on a day-to-day basis. In our commitment to provide our delegates with a business event experience like no other, we are continuously tasking ourselves to evolve and to best support today’s romance travel seller. The 2019 Advisory Board will play a critical role in helping us unearth new ideas, develop real-world content and curate an exceptional 2019 Forum”, said Jennifer Fernandez, Vice President Events & Content, Specialty Travel Forums.

The Advisory Board will work cohesively with the Event Management team in building a 360-degree event, sharing input to develop content, event happenings, engaging elements and more. The 2019 Romance Travel Forum Advisory Board will include:

  • Mandy Delve, Co-Owner/Travel Advisor, Beyond Travel Designers (Mississauga, ON, Canada)
  • Renee Dunkin, Owner, Around About Travel (La Porte, TX, USA)
  • Steven Gould, President / CEO, CTC, ETC, Goulds Travel (Clearwater, FL, USA)
  • Heather Kogler, Director of Wedding Sales, Modern Destination Weddings (Houston, TX, USA)
  • Claire Robinson, Owner/Manager, Claire Skies Travel (Beltsville, MD, USA)

To learn more about the 2019 Advisory Board, visit: https://www.romancetravelforum.com/our-advisory-board/

Romance Travel Forum is an exclusive boutique-sized event that will engage and host a maximum of 190 top-performing travel sellers from across North America. Participating travel sellers take part in a stringent qualification process, comprising a written application, telephone interview, professional reference evaluation and more. Delegates are recognized travel sellers in the romance vacation market, with more than 75% of their business deriving from romance bookings and must meet a specific threshold in annual sales volume and year-to-year growth. Event highlights include peer-to-peer small group discussions; product and destination seminars; experiential networking and evening functions (with suppliers); on-location site inspections, activities, familiarization experiences and a Showcase floor housing 90 of the world’s most sought-after vacation providers. Travel agents and suppliers conduct mutual interest one-to-one meetings over the course of the two-day Showcase floor.


Romance Travel Forum is produced by Specialty Travel Forums, a division of Travel Show Marketing Group (TravelSMG), an independent event organizer who caters exclusively to the North American travel agent community. The Specialty Travel Forums division offers innovative programming and content to support the professional growth of travel agents eager to cultivate their business and expertise through specialization. Comprised of a series of exclusive independent programs in key destinations, each is focused on individual niche markets providing in-depth training, brand certification, intimate networking, supplier relations, product knowledge and more. These exclusive programs offer limited space, allowing delegates to gain focused niche training while experiencing a full familiarization of the host destination to increase the breadth of their specialty offerings. The TravelSMG team has a proven track record in producing some of the most acclaimed leisure travel trade shows and events, working collaboratively with the industry’s leading organizations and experts, to provide top-notch education, networking and supplier engagement. For more information on TravelSMG visit www.TravelSMG.com.

Travel agents interested in learning more or wish to apply for one of the coveted Romance Travel Forum positions can apply here: https://www.romancetravelforum.com/2019-attendee-application/

Suppliers interested in learning more or exhibiting should contact Jennifer Fernandez, VP Events & Content via telephone at (718) 979-1952 or email Jennifer@SpecialtyTravelForums.com.

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