Thursday, 16 June 2016

Thailand named as host country for Destination Wedding Planners Congress 2017

Dubai, 16 June, 2016 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) and QNA International today signed an agreement recognising that TAT’s bid for Thailand to host the 4th Annual Destination Wedding Planners Congress 2017 (DWP Congress 2017) had been successful. This event is scheduled to be held in Thailand from 2-4 May, 2017, and is expected to attract 450 delegates from around the world.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT (left), and Mr. Ackash Jain, Director of QNA International (right)
Mr. 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. In addition, Thailand’s own wedding planners have great expertise in helping couples enjoy memorable and romantic nuptials.”
DWP Congress is an avant-garde initiative and the only one of its kind concept in the world. This spectacular congress has raised the bar of the destination wedding industry, as the crème de la crème across the globe from the wedding industry converges under one platform. The first DWP Congress took place in Greece in 2014, and has grown from strength to strength spreading its wings to Mauritius in 2015, and Florence, Italy, in 2016. And amidst a plethora of exclusive destinations from across Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australasia, and Europe, Thailand’s bid for the 2017 edition emerged victorious.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn and Mr. Ackash Jain exchange a warn handshake after the agreement signing ceremony.
Mr. 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 to get the ball rolling on the 4thedition.’’
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’s press statement.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn concluded, “Weddings can raise a great deal of revenue for Thailand. The average spend for a wedding is around 5-20 million Baht depending on how many guests attend. It is estimated that 400 couples come from India alone to get married in Thailand, with Europe and the US being strong markets. 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, positioning the country as a quality leisure destination.”

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