The ceremony looked almost like a wedding promise. Earlier this week, Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Ackash Jain, Director of QNA International, an event organiser company, signed under a bunch of pink and white flowers an agreement which designates Thailand as a host of the fourth Annual Destination Wedding Planners Congress 2017 (DWP Congress 2017). The event is scheduled to be held in Thailand from May 2-4, 2017, and is expected to attract 450 delegates from around the world.
Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT said, “We are delighted that Thailand has been chosen as the host country for the prestigious Destination Wedding Planners Congress 2017. Thailand is a highly attractive country for couples looking to get married or enjoy honeymoons, and we can boast a wide range of wedding packages, romantic settings and luxurious, private accommodation. ”
DWP Congress is a unique initiative in the world. The congress has been already hosted in Greece in 2014, in Mauritius in 2015 and recently in Florence in Italy, putting suddenly light over a true niche travel segment, the destination wedding industry. According to Ackash Jain, Director of QNA International said, “Thailand has been a very strong contender; the country is already very popular among travellers and leisure seekers, and is also on the radar as a coveted destination for weddings and honeymoons. Given, the country’s reputation as a destination with deep-rooted cultural traditions, rich heritage and warm hospitality, we are extremely excited on this coming 4thedition.” Phuket will be the host venue for the congress.
The wedding market is a true economic phenomenon. “We talk about expenses of US$289 billion regarding wedding’s organisation”, stressed Ackash Jain. The DWP was indeed attended by delegates from 60 countries. The entry ticket to participate is fixed at US$2,500. “We estimate that they are around the world some 20,000 wedding planners for medium to upper class events. We just want to remain exclusive and guarantee quality for all of our delegates as well as the host country”, explained Jain.
“We will offer exceptional setting for DWP in Phuket with venues being hosted in unusual areas around the island”, he promised.
According to a survey conducted by QNA International, results of which were released during the 3rd annual DWPC, Thailand was revealed as the top destination of choice in Asia for destination weddings and honeymoons. This is no surprise given Thailand’s cultural lure, natural beauty including scenic stretches of beaches, mountains, greenery, unique gastronomy, entertainment, and world renowned hospitality.
“The experience in destination weddings and honeymoons that Thailand has acquired through attracting couples in Asia include various wedding ceremonies whether it is by the beach, rock-climbing wedding, underwater wedding, traditional Thai wedding, and cooperation with luxury resorts and hotels, wedding planners, event organisers, and professional photographers, to offer competitive packages for the couples. Therefore, Thailand is well-poised to welcome couples who want a memorable and exclusive experience for their wedding and their guests,” according to the QNA International management.
For Yuthasak Supasorn, an event such as DWP is a logical step to strengthen Thailand’s positioning as a quality destination. “Weddings can raise a great deal of revenue for Thailand. The average spend for a wedding is around THB 5 to 20 million [US$141,000 to US$563,000] depending on the number of attending guests. It is estimated that 400 couples come from India alone to get married in Thailand. And we register high interests from Europe- particularly the UK, France and Russia but also from the USA, Korea and Hong Kong. The hosting of the DWP Congress 2017 will certainly help raise the profile of Thailand even further as a preferred wedding destination for couples from around the world and boost the positive image of Thailand.”