Kristi “Ali” Mackedanz of Travel Leaders completes 215 credits to earn the rigorous Travel Leaders Certified Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialist designation.
Travel Leaders is proud to announce that Woodbury-based travel agent Kristi “Ali” Mackedanz, one of the leading travel agent experts at Travel Leaders located at 710 Commerce Dr., Suite 160, has successfully achieved certification through one of the North American travel industry’s most challenging new educational initiatives to become a Certified Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialist. She achieved this prestigious status after completing extensive training with Travel Leaders – America’s leading travel agency brand.
“Kristi “Ali” Mackedanz is one of very few travel agents in the United States to attain this new level of professionalism dedicated to serving the honeymoon and destination wedding travelers,” said Travel Leaders Franchise Group President Roger E. Block, CTC. “The rigorous and highly-specialized program is unparalleled in the industry and focuses on broadening each participant’s knowledge on honeymoon and destination wedding travel through extensive study of suppliers, in-person travel experiences, case studies, development of a honeymoon or destination wedding travel marketing plan, and more.”
Block added: “By becoming a Certified Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialist, Kristi “Ali” Mackedanz has made a commitment to travelers that her knowledge and expertise related to the honeymoon and destination wedding travel industry is top-notch.”
“This honeymoon and destination wedding niche training is vital to my being able to better serve my clients’ needs in this growing segment,” said Mackedanz. “Nearly 90% of newlyweds take a honeymoon and of the roughly two million couples who get married each year, according to industry research, approximately 20% want a destination wedding. These are very special milestones for the happy couple and they prefer to put their faith in a travel agent who really understands their needs and knows the locations. As a part of my training, I have visited, connected with or experienced top wedding and honeymoon destinations and suppliers, such as the Hard Rock Riviera Maya and the Karisma Resorts in Mexico, in addition to my other travel expertise.”
The Travel Leaders Certified Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialist designation offers its Travel Leaders specialists structured marketing programs that take separate content paths for each specialization – one for honeymoons and one for destination weddings. Mackedanz]completed 215 course credits to obtain the Certified Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialist designation. Some of the courses or modules included:
- Understanding the Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Customer
- Understanding the Bridal Market
- Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, and Romance Travel: The Basics
- Marketing to Brides
- Preferred Destination Knowledge
- Preferred Supplier Partner Knowledge
- Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Familiarization Trip
“All of the courses were exciting, informative and intensive, but one that really resonated with me was South Pacific Romance Travel, because I learned so much more about Polynesian traditions culture, secluded beaches and diversity and know that I can now offer my clients a better, more informed consultation resulting in an improved traveling experience,” stated Mackedanz. “As a result, I am very excited to begin working with new couples as they embark on their exciting journey at the start of their new lives together. Travelers can rest assured knowing that I will help them ‘travel better.’”