Phuket steals bouquet from Bali for 2017 global wedding planner congress

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Phuket will host the 4th Annual Destination Wedding Planners Congress 2017 (DWP Congress 2017) in May next year in a move that is expected to Phuket, and Thailand, centre stage in the global wedding industry.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Dubai-based QNA International signed an agreement on June 15, recognising Thailand as the host of the DWP 2017, Phuket News reported.

This event is scheduled to be held at the Banyan Tree from May 2-4, and is expected to attract 450 delegates from around the world.

DWP Congress is an avant-garde initiative and the only one of its kind concept in the world. The 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, this year. 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, even relegating Southeast Asian tourism rival Bali to bridesmaid, not the bride.

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 4th edition.’’

According to a survey conducted by QNA International, results of which were released during the 3rd annual DWPC, Thailand was 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, it was revealed at the signing on June 15.