Luxury Honeymoon Market Continues to Thrive

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Although the Dow may be down and budgets tight, couples will splurge when it comes to planning their dream honeymoon. At least that's one explanation for the increasing popularity of honeymoon gift registries - a convenient way for family and friends to contribute to the cost of a couple's honeymoon by giving components as a shower or wedding gift.

even with the weaker dollar. The focus turns to value. To offset the Euro, many European hotels are offering flat rates guaranteed in US dollars or 'extra night free' promotions. Rates are quoted in US dollars and converted to Euros at check out at a set fixed rate. Our hotel partners are doing their best to accommodate American travelers under the current economic conditions.

In a recent interview on NBC's TODAY Show, Virtuoso spokesperson, Misty Ewing, attributed the growing popularity of honeymoon gift registries such as Distinctive Honeymoons as a "Fantastic idea because you get the honeymoon you want and your friends and family get to contribute to it."

Ewing adds, "Most people are getting married later in life now and sometimes they live together, so do they really need another blender? Probably not. Everyone wants a fabulous honeymoon, so (with a gift registry) guests can go in and purchase components of your honeymoon that can enhance the experience."

Virtuoso is the industry's leading luxury travel network.

Ewing went on to explain that using a honeymoon gift registry is a great way for couples to create their perfect honeymoon without breaking the bank.

"Most people have a tendency to want to splurge when they get there (to their destination), which sounds like a great idea until you get the bill two weeks later."

Couples spend an average of $5500 on their honeymoon and those who intend to make their honeymoon the "trip of a lifetime" will often spend much more. International travel accounts for 55% of all honeymoons.

According to Donna Keane, Director of Distinctive Honeymoons, "Today's couples are often well traveled and they are looking for an extraordinary honeymoon experience. We've noticed a significant increase in couples interested in travel to Asia including Thailand, Vietnam, Bali and Hong Kong. South America is also becoming increasingly popular. These destinations are exotic and the dollar goes further."

"Europe is still very popular," Keane hastens to add, "even with the weaker dollar. The focus turns to value. To offset the Euro, many European hotels are offering flat rates guaranteed in US dollars or 'extra night free' promotions. Rates are quoted in US dollars and converted to Euros at check out at a set fixed rate. Our hotel partners are doing their best to accommodate American travelers under the current economic conditions."

"Another very popular choice for honeymooners is Cruising. For those couples looking to explore Europe or other expensive destinations such as Tahiti, a cruise gives the couple the flexibility to see many sights while having paid for everything in US dollars. There is very little expenditure of funds once overseas because it has all been taken care of in advance."

Other perennial honeymoon favorites include the Caribbean and Hawaii. "Hawaii is popular," says Keane, "because you get good value using US dollars and the experience of a tropical destination." Here again many hotels are offering free nights on select stays.

In today's unstable environment one thing remains constant; wedding couples are determined to have the honeymoon of their dreams.

Distinctive Honeymoons, a division of Protravel International, an upscale, full-service travel company, boasts a network of 350 four and five-star hotels worldwide. With over 650 employees, Protravel is able to call upon the expertise of seasoned travel specialists located across the country to work one-on-one with a couple to customize and execute the perfect honeymoon.

For further information, please contact:
Donna Keane, Director
Distinctive Honeymoons
515 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
646-747-9387
DonnaK @ protravelinc.com
http://www.DistinctiveHoneymoons.com

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