TDC Hosts LGBTQ Destination Wedding FAM In PVR
Transat Distribution Canada (TDC) held a LGBTQ Destination Wedding FAM in Puerto Vallarta earlier this month, with 35 TDC agents from across Canada in attendance.
An industry first, the FAM was offered exclusively by TDC to their network of agents and included comprehensive training on LGBTQ destination weddings and the various requirements of that market including site inspections, mock ceremonies and in-class training. The program was developed in response to the growing demand for LGBTQ destination weddings following 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% of these couples fear discrimination when wedding planning. 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,” said Smith.
“Attending this LGBTQ-focused Wedding FAM was an incredible experience and one that made me profoundly proud to be part of the TDC network. 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,” said Justin Clarey, Marlin Travel Port Hope.