Tomorrow's Travel Leaders: 30 Under 30: Danny Waine
In collaboration with TTG Digital, the ITT and Guoman Hotels, C&M Travel Recruitment set out to discover the 30 most inspiring and dynamic people in the travel industry aged 30 years and younger - the 30 Under 30.
Here we profile Danny Waine, director of Perfect Weddings Abroad.
Q: Where did the idea for Perfect Weddings Abroad come from?
A: "Perfect Weddings Abroad really started because we felt there was a gap in the market for a company to offer a more personalised service in weddings than overseas wedding planners offer, but with the safety and security of being a British-based business. We set about developing a network of the best in-resort wedding coordinators around the world and UK-based weddings abroad specialists."
Q: What makes your company stand out from other competitors?
A: "We offer clients honest and expert advice - whether it's our team in the UK helping the couple to find their perfect wedding venue, or our overseas coordinators who finalise the wedding arrangements, and know their resorts and wedding reception venues etc inside out."
Q: Where do you hope to take the company?
A: "We aim to be the UK's leading weddings abroad specialist; this doesn't mean the biggest, but the best. We endeavour to offer the best standards of service from start to finish and to always stay ahead of the game through innovation.
"My vision would ultimately see the company represented throughout the UK with a presence in every bridal shop and at every local and national wedding show."
Q: How does it feel to be in the Tomorrow's Travel Leaders final 30?
A: "It's an honour. I've got a real buzz from meeting like-minded people who share a passion for the industry and enjoy working and doing what they do."
Q: Has the recognition had any impact on your job or business?
A: "To date I wouldn't say that there has been a direct impact on the business, but I have had many business associates tell me that they were shocked when they found out I was under 35, never mind 30!"
Q: What advice do you have for other young people looking to make their mark in the travel industry?
A: "My best advice would be to aim high, take calculated risks, try to create opportunities and be prepared to work long hours. It's really hard work, but well worth it."