In 2020 we have really been through a lot of things that blindsided most of the world, and practically crippled the travel and hospitality industry. What is going to be the new normal, we still don’t know. However, people are starting to travel again.
In my past experience, only about 25% of my clients added travel insurance. As much as I explain the penalties and cancelations, and how really important it is to be insured, majority opted to decline insurance. Obviously after everything we have been through since March 2020, insurance policies have changed drastically. Usually, pandemic is not covered under most insurance policies. Also, practically overnight insurance companies put out so many new policies, some of them issuing future travel credit, or even only 50% of the cost. Sometimes, people are also completely unaware that non-refundable fare means that exactly. Any kind of travel insurance you can get: cash-back policy with cancel for any reason, will still not cover a nonrefundable rate for a hotel or an airline. We also have airline rates that are contracted or published, and only contracted or negotiated rates will be refundable 100%. Traditionally, published airfare is only 75% refundable after filing a claim, providing you have cancel for any reason policy or a reason where the coverage would automatically kick in. Some airlines only sell published airfare.
So far in our industry, we had a fraction of our usual clients traveling, but the ones who did, nine times out of 10 gave us the feedback that they actually felt safer traveling than staying at home. The hotels are taking huge precautions to keep their staff and guests safe and healthy. Right now the hotels are only booking 30% of their capacity. Mexico is faring the best, they are about to enter phase B of their reopening, which means the hotels will open up more space. Hawaii will be removing quarantine requirements as of October 15 with a PSR viral Covid test. Destination weddings are starting to get back on track as well, but definitely with smaller guests lists.
Airlines are starting to do flights to nowhere, for people who just need to get on the plane and feel like they are traveling, and obviously to recoup some of their losses. Quantas had a seven hour flight to nowhere from Sydney that’s sold out in exactly 11 minutes! Would you take a flight to nowhere?
We are hoping the 2021 gets much better, we are already booking 2022, as people are anxious to go on vacation somewhere. In conclusion, the importance of a travel agent has proven to be greater than ever. We were able to get refunds to our clients even without insurance in some cases, and the clients didn’t have to get on the phone for 5-7 hours on hold just to be disconnected, as they were with Costco Travel and Expedia, just to name a few. I am always just a phone call away and I love to talk about travel.
I am very excited to announce that we have an exclusive deal at the beautiful PARADISUS CANCUN for the week of July 18-25, 2020. It is a great time to plan the summer vacation and we have a great payment plan available.
Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this stunning all-inclusive resort provides a full range of comforts in environmentally-friendly facilities. Enjoy the magnificent architecture, spaces and interiors inspired by local culture, the services available in the YHI Spa or the luxurious accommodation.
Located in the privileged and peaceful hotel zone and bathed by the sparkling Caribbean Sea, this iconic hotel has a pyramid-style shape with glass ceilings. The originality of its leafy interiors full of plants are an invitation to disconnect and enjoy the peace.
The hotel offers an all-inclusive service so all you have to think about is having a great time. Stroll along the Caribbean beaches, enjoy suites with the finest views, 10 restaurants and 5 bars serving the highest quality cuisine and crafted cocktails, work out in the gym or relax in the YHI Spa. This is the place for the most unique and immersive vacations in Cancun.
ADULTS-ONLY ROYAL SERVICE
Prepare to live your dream. Royal Service offers services to make your stay in the resort more distinguished and select, yet intimate and comfortable. We elevate your experience to limits you cannot imagine, providing an effective and discreet butler ready to respond to any desire or need. Luxurious superior suites, preferential reservations, access to reserved beach area, private pool and VIP facilities with everything you need.
Royal Service provides luxury amenities and superior personalized service. From a personal butler to assist you at all times to a wide variety of services such as aromatherapy and pillow menus, turndown service, daily newspaper delivery, coffee service and minibar stocked daily to your liking. There is also a Royal Service Lounge serving breakfast from 7am to 11am, afternoon tea from 11am to 7pm(*) and international bar and aperitifs from 7am to 10pm(*).
Relax your mind, practice your swing and enjoy the enviable views from our golf course. Our nine par-3 holes offer a perfect place to disconnect and have fun with friends while playing this great sport in an unbeatable location. The course is located right next to the resort, making it even more comfortable and easy to enjoy.
Resort Credit – $1,500 Pure Freedom Instant Savings Booking Window: Now until – Dec 21, 2019
• Guests will receive up to $1,500 Pure Freedom Instant Savings- total value of resort credits is based on length of stay
These savings are to be used on property for goods, services, excursion. All related information for this promotion will be presented to guests upon check-in at the resort. Resort Credit offers vary by resort.
Terms: This offer is combinable with other promotions Pure Freedom Instant Savings are per room per stay, non-cumulative. Pure Freedom Instant Savings last day to use will be December 22nd, 2019. This offer is subject to availability. The Hotel reserves the right to discontinue this promo at any time. The values for the individual savings/providers are subject to change at any time without prior notice.
Earlier this year, when I was participating in the Los Angeles Wedding Expo. There was elite group of Wedding Professionals. That is where I met Keverne, the founder of KardZee Wedding, and found a very unique way to combine the wedding invitations into an online experience. I asked her to write an article about how it all works. So here it is, in her own words.
DC Vekic, Founder Cosmopolitan Travels, Inc.
Sharing your Wedding Story with your Guests – the Invitation Journey for your Destination Wedding by Keverne Denahan, Founder, KardZee Wedding
Save-the-Date – Why it’s so important!
You got engaged and you are blissfully over the top in love! This is YOUR time. Right now is one of the happiest times of your life, am I right? You are constantly looking at your hand, you get giddy when you see your Boo….and you get to say the words “my fiancé”. This is the only time that you get to say that word until you get married.
One of the biggest parties of your life is about to happen – yes, that’s really what it is. So what can you do to share your Wedding Story and what does that mean?
Every engaged couple has a love story to share with their Guests. Take them on your Wedding Journey with you. You can start sharing this story with your Save-the-Date – especially if it’s a Destination Wedding. People are busier now, they need advance notice and your Save-the-Date card, in my opinion, sets the tone for the whole event.
The Save-the-Date is the perfect lead-up to the Invitation which is the star of your entire Wedding Story. What if your Save-the-Date had photos of you and your fiancé as children? (adorable alert!).
Wedding Invitations with RSVP Management are part of the Experience
Now it’s time to share your Engagement Photos and Videos on your Wedding Invitation and invite your Guests. Creating a personalized love story that’s all about you and your Boo – after all, a Wedding is about YOU! Your Guests will get caught up in your beautiful story and feel even more connected to your magical day.
But RSVP is ALWAYS a headache especially when it’s a Destination Wedding. Guests can scan the RSVP link right from your Invitation OR respond from the digital version that they receive while KardZee manages the whole thing.
Links to your Wedding web page, your Registry, your venue…or even a video for Guests to scan with their phones. Suddenly you are not just sending a paper Invitation card, you are sharing your STORY with your Guests that they can experience.
The Destination Wedding Thank You Card
A video and photos of your Wedding Reception on your Thank You card is perfect. For Guests who gave gifts but couldn’t attend, now they are included in the magic of your Big Day and for Guests that were present, they can relive the joy of your Wedding. With the KardZee print on-demand feature, we can send just one Thank You card for that late gift you received.
This is a once in a lifetime journey. Capture it with a full-service, personalized, Wedding Story from the Save-the-Date to the Invitation to the Thank You card taking your Guests along for the ride. KardZee Wedding does everything for you.
We are your Invitation company that personalizes your Journey with your RSVP Management, Wedding Colors, Photos, Videos, Links to favorite places, hotel, venue and more plus Menu and Place cards All-in-One to make it easy for you and your Guests to enjoy and attend your Destination Wedding.
It’s not about the destination, it’s about the Journey.
8 Wedding Invitation Trends that will change your life
You are planning one of the biggest parties of your LIFE. What are the latest and greatest trends in Wedding Invitations? KardZee is setting the bar for what is trending in Wedding Invitations. Let’s go:
1.RSVP from the Invitation: No more separate RSVP cards, envelopes and stamps and more wasted paper, matching up envelopes with your guest list and all of that time. The new trend in RSVP’s is letting your Guests scan their RSVP right from the invitation or respond via their digital version of your Invitation PLUS someone else manages it for you! Eco-friendly, less expensive and saves hundreds of hours of your valuable time – which, when you’re about to get married, you don’t have any time to spare!
2. Video on your cards! A link to your Engagement video or a cute DIY video on your Save-the-Date and Wedding Invitation shares your Wedding Story in a new and different way. You come to LIFE on the cards you are sending your Guests! What better way to get everyone more involved in your LOVE story? Thank You cards can have a highlight from the Wedding Reception or even a Honeymoon video!
3. No more ordering ‘extras’ – of anything. – Printing companies make you order extras of everything because they won’t do that ‘run’ again. It’s a waste of paper and money. What do you do with all of those extra invitations anyway? By using technology, you can order only what you need. If you forget someone or got some RSVP’s from the A list and now you want to use the B list, just order 5 more, 1 more – whatever you need. For Thank You cards, if someone sends you a gift 6 months later, you can order just one Thank You card for that person.
4. Tangible AND a Digital version sent to each Guest: A tangible invitation is necessary for a Wedding but if people miss it, they also get a digital version emailed to them with links to your video, venue, wedding page and more.
5. Eco-friendly Envelope: Each tangible card is mailed in a clear eco-friendly envelope. This also includes our postcards so they arrive in perfect condition. Your Guest will get excited about your special day before they even remove the Invitation from the envelope!
6. No more Postage costs: Why should you have to go buy stamps and put them on every single card when someone else does it for you? It’s still a LOVE stamp, you just aren’t doing it. This is a GREAT trend and with postage included, this is trend we know you love!
7. Cards in any language: Parlez vous français? Hablas español? Você fala português? English not your first language? KardZee understands the language of LOVE in almost any language! We can create Cards in different languages that speak to your guests.
8. Payment Plans: Wedding are expensive but no one does Payment Plans for the Wedding Invitation Journey. KardZee offers EZee Payment Plans so your expenses are manageable. We create a customized payment plan that works for your budget.
Your Wedding is your day to SHINE and celebrate with Your Guests. KardZee is here to help share your bespoke Wedding Story in an immersive way that includes Your Guests on the Journey to ‘I do.’ We create, design, print, mail and manage everything FOR YOU. No one else is offering this level of personalized, Full-service invitation story-telling. To discover more email events @ kardzee .com.
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