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TTG – Options – What’s scorching and what’s not for weddings and honeymoons

Gillian Ashwood, director, We Journey To took the TTG High 50 crown for Weddings and Honeymoons earlier this yr. She tells XXL the place’s trending along with her shoppers with regards to saying I do.

Australia is coming back into vogue for honeymoons, says Gillian

Australia is coming again into vogue for honeymoons, says Gillian

Has successful a TTG High 50 award helped you?

Inside days of getting received the award for prime weddings and honeymoon company earlier this yr, we had been getting new enquiries. Being such a tiny store, it is definitely been useful to us. We have now new video screens, so we’re selling it on these.

Has capability been an issue as a consequence of pandemic rebookings?

We have had some bookings moved two or thrice. One couple moved seven instances. We’re now reserving as much as

the tip of 2024 and we have individuals patiently ready for 2025. Most of our weddings are for Jamaica and Barbados, however there’s not numerous availability. If we have a giant marriage ceremony social gathering we have now to alter them to a different date or one other resort or vacation spot. For particular requests, until it is a higher-category room, we have typically needed to push them to subsequent yr.

Some other challenges?

The toughest factor has been the Caribbean. We have now horrendous connectivity now, numerous the Glasgow-Gatwick and Heathrow flights have been minimize, so some shoppers are having to fly from Glasgow to Gatwick then minimize throughout London to Heathrow, or vice versa, after which possibly do the identical on the way in which again. And the flight prices have gone by the roof. For lots of the transfers, we have taken cash out of our personal pocket, however when you’ve gotten, say, a household of 10 you’ll be able to solely try this a lot. Generally we’re sending them by way of America. We’re additionally happening the Dubai, Maldives or Dubai, Mauritius route extra [with suggestions] as a result of the connections are nice.

Gillian Ashwood is director of We Travel To, based in Ayrshire

Gillian Ashwood is director of We Journey To, based mostly in Ayrshire

Which locations are in vogue?

For honeymoons we’re getting numerous inquiries for Florida with Mexico, for American multi-centers and even Florida then a Caribbean island. Of these, solely multi-center America was regular pre-pandemic. We have had fairly a couple of Australia inquires these days, in order that they’re beginning to come again too.

Some other traits?

Plenty of {couples} who do not go right away on honeymoon do some metropolis break then possibly even find yourself on honeymoon for his or her one-year anniversary to allow them to save, or use cash given as marriage ceremony presents.

Prague is sort of standard, Rome’s one other together with Krakow. We additionally do various “re-tie-the-knots”. Barbados is standard for that.

Gillian and her team collect their TTG Top 50 award

Gillian and her workforce acquire their TTG High 50 award

What huge bookings are you engaged on?

We have now a consumer doing Dubai and the Maldives, however they wish to do totally different islands within the Maldives. They thought they may simply fly from island to island [not via Male]. We’re nonetheless speaking about non-public transfers, however I feel

they’re going to go for it. We even have shoppers taking their child on honeymoon to Thailand. They will meet with one set of oldsters midway by. I am now an professional within the child meals and milk you’ll be able to tackle a aircraft!

What’s your recommendation for individuals honeymooning or marrying abroad?

You get a pair on an appointment and possibly he says “New York”, she says “Sri Lanka”… So attempt to decide someplace you each fancy and neither of you’ve gotten been to earlier than, if doable, so it is new and recent. For a marriage, I would say about 60% [of invitees] say they’re going to come, then about 10-15% drop off when the time to pay comes round. Our recommendation is to do a funds, say 1,200 per particular person, over 12 months, 100 every a month, so friends aren’t all of the sudden hit with a giant invoice earlier than the marriage.

A client was surprised to learn island hopping in the Maldives generally requires going via Male

A consumer was stunned to study island hopping within the Maldives usually requires going by way of Male

The place do you suggest for same-sex {couples}?

We’re presently working with a same-sex couple on their honeymoon. Initially, they actually fancied some locations the place they simply would not have been comfy, in order that they’re now going to San Francisco, then Hawaii and again by way of Vegas. Greece is a well-liked possibility, additionally New York, Thailand, Mauritius and Ibiza. For a authorized marriage [not a blessing]America is all the time a preferred one.

Some other thrilling bookings you’ll be able to share with us?

I presently have one daughter getting married who’s going to Sandals in Saint Lucia and one other daughter getting married, Curacao. For one in all them, it is a shock, and we’re even going to pack her suitcase with a couple of crimson herrings.

Gillian recommends San Francisco for same-sex couples

Gillian recommends San Francisco for same-sex {couples}

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