Last week, TDC held its ground-breaking LGBTQ Destination Wedding FAM in Puerto Vallarta with 35 TDC agents from across Canada in attendance.
This FAM was an industry first—and exclusively offered by Transat Distribution Canada to their network of Travel Professionals. TDC continues as an industry leader in offering educational forums for its travel professionals that respond to the latest consumer trends.
The Destination Wedding FAM included comprehensive training on LGBTQ destination weddings and components of the LGBTQ wedding market including site inspections, mock LGBTQ destination weddings and in-class training.
The program was developed in response to the growing demand for LGBTQ destination weddings following valuable consultation with LGBTQ wedding expert Bernadette Smith, CEO, the Equality Institute.
"Our 2018 wedding survey of engaged and married LGBTQ couples tells us that nearly 50 per cent of these couples fear discrimination when wedding planning," Smith said. "TDC agents now have the tools and expertise to guide these couples towards a safe and joyful experience as they plan their weddings and honeymoons. This creates a win for everyone."
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The week included mock weddings which were a highlight as the participants were able to experience LGBTQ destination weddings firsthand, giving them a glimpse into current trends and offerings to better support their couples.
“Attending this LGBTQ-focused Wedding FAM was an incredible experience and one that made me profoundly proud to be part of the TDC network," said Justin M. Clarey, Marlin Travel Port Hope. "For some LGBTQ couples, choosing a destination wedding comes with a lot of anxiety. It is important as travel professionals to be well trained to ensure all of our couples feel included and valued. It is truly touching to see Transat develop this initiative demonstrating their support of the LGBTQ community.”
TDC is recognized as offering the best educational programs in the industry with its own in-house training team that develop custom programs for TDC travel professionals.