This fall, Transat Distribution Canada (TDC) will hold an
industry first – a destination wedding FAM to Puerto Vallarta that will include comprehensive training on LGBTQ destination
weddings and the special requirements of the LGBTQ wedding market.
A select group of TDC agents from across Canada will take
part in this FAM. The program is being developed in response to the growing
demand for LGBTQ destination weddings. It will include specially-developed
content created by Michelle Armstrong, TDC Manager, Groups & Special Programs, following
consultation with LGBTQ wedding expert Bernadette Smith, CEO, the Gay Wedding
“About a third of same-sex couples are planning
destination weddings, yet many popular wedding destinations don’t have marriage
equality or LGBTQ-inclusive policies. It’s critical for wedding professionals
to be trained advocates for these couples so they feel safe when planning a
destination wedding,” said Smith.
The FAM will be held from 29NOV to 6DEC and will include:
Site inspections at Transat’s preferred hotels and
Meetings with onsite wedding coordinators, and visits
ceremony and reception locations;
A same-sex mock destination wedding;
Hands-on workshops and in-classroom training about LGBTQ
wedding market and destination weddings.