Thailand, a Favourite for Indian Weddings and Honeymoon Travels

Picture taken from Bollywood Hit Movie "The monsoon wedding" (2001)

India is one of the fastest growing inbound markets to Thailand and the segment “weddings and honeymoon” bears one of the largest potential to grow. Bangkok, Hua Hin, Phuket, Pattaya but also Kanchanaburi, Khao Lak and Rayong are among Indian wedding planners favourites.

Thailand hosted an annual fam. trip organized for 17 wedding planners from Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Bangalore were invited for a special trip to the Kingdom . It was the third such trip organised in as many years. The visit between March 21-27, 2016, ended with a briefing symposium and table-top opportunity for business networking between the Indian wedding planners and 31 Thai hotels together with 23 wedding service and attractions keen to cater to the market.

Indian wedding planners find that Thailand is perfect for the growing number of destination weddings thanks to airline accessibility, great Thai hospitality, affordability of luxury, strong cultural connections, and products and services that deliver the highest standards of excellence and attention to detail.

Thailand hosts about 300 weddings from India every year, or roughly one event every two days. Each wedding party comprises between 100-600 people, covers three to six days, with budgets ranging from THB 10 million (US$ 280,000) to THB 50 million (US$1.45 million) per event. This would represent 100,000 Indian travellers to Thailand.

Mrs. Srisuda Wannapinyosak, Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Asia and South Pacific – of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said, “This is still only scratching the surface of the market potential. An estimated 15 million weddings are held in India every year with an overall expenditure of US$60 billion dollars. With the vast majority of the Indian population still in their 20s, many more weddings will come up in the years ahead.”

India was Thailand sixth largest source markets in 2015 with total arrivals reaching 1,069,149, up by 14.6% over 2014 . India represents 3.5% of all arrivals to the Kingdom.