Thanks, Richard Turen, for another great column, "Introducing the world's best vacation crafters" [Feb. 20]. I always enjoy your articles as soon as I see them on the website. You've really influenced how we manage our little cruise agency.
I am in the process of creating a Hawaii customized vacation boutique. I lived there for 26 years and was the event planner for Merrill Lynch. It's my goal to be included in the Conde Nast list of the World's Top Travel Specialists.
I have two questions in that regard:
- How do the "vacation crafters" you featured get paid for their services? Do they charge a per-hour fee, include a markup, etc.?
- How do they get the "word out" (other than Conde Nast) that they have this unique knowledge about a destination?
Larry C. Jackson, owner
Cruise Holidays of Viera
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